The last known nomadic tribe in Colombia is at risk of extinction, forced to flee their lands by warring factions in the country's 51-year conflict. Joaquin Niijbe, leader of the Nukak Maku tribe tells Reuters that their clash with the modern world, and the loss of ancestral rainforest homelands, has driven many to alcoholism, drug abuse and even suicide.
In Tanzania, Albino body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price. Young victims who have had body parts removed in horrific attacks were recently rescued to be fitted with prosthetic limbs in the U.S. But now they are being sent back home, where their futures are bleak.
As sports arenas rise up around them and neighbours' houses are demolished, around 50 families remain in Vila Autodromo, a favela bordering the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. Those who refuse to leave their “paradise” tell Reuters they why vow to fight eviction whatever the cost.
Paragliding is rising in popularity in Afghanistan. “When I went up to the sky, I thought I was a bird which had just been freed from a cage,” says Zakia Mohammadi, one of 15 young Afghans taking to the skies above Kabul, where military helicopters are a far more familiar sight. Despite the threat of being hit by bullets, she is determined to prove that women should have the rights to participate in social activities, like sports.
Cuba's 35 new Wi-Fi hotspots are being welcomed in a highly controlled country where less than a third of the population has access to the web. But going online comes at a high price of $2 per hour. While the government blames cost for lack of investment in internal infrastructure, critics suggest the real impediment is its fear of losing control of the media and seeing new avenues of political opposition open up.
The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said last week. Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, told Reuters mismanagement was pushing “the ocean to the brink of collapse”.
The last few months have been more tumultuous than usual in Palestinian politics. With suggestions growing that President Mahmoud Abbas may finally stand aside, could the exiled Mohammed Dahlan be set to take his place? Popular in the US and Britain, Dahlan was accused of having played a part in Yassar Arafat’s death, but his stock may be rising among a population who are sick of the old guard.
Nine original Andy Warhol prints worth an estimated $350,000 were quietly stolen from a Los Angeles movie business and replaced with fakes in an art heist that went undetected for years. The theft of the prints from the premises of Moviola was so seamless it was only discovered after one of the pieces was taken to be reframed. Los Angeles police are now investigating.
The UK government estimates at least 700 of their citizens have travelled to support or fight for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile British polls show fear of Muslims is on the rise. In this climate, pressure is growing on schools to act on radicalisation. School principal Kamal Hanif warns that extremists use parents’ lack of knowledge about social media to allow them to continue targeting young people through Facebook. But in his school in Birmingham, they are tackling the issues head-on.
In a special report, Reuters uncovers the shocking truth behind a notorious drug treatment facility run by Phoenix House in Belle Terre, New York. Sending addicts to treatment rather than jail or prison for nonviolent offenses has become increasingly popular across the U.S. political spectrum. But testimonies from Belle Terre service users and staff suggest the system as practiced doesn’t always deliver on the promise in principle.
Farmers in central Mongolia are at the mercy of climate change. A punishing summer drought has wiped out up to 80 percent of its wheat crop. Up next could be the worst winter, locally known as a "dzud", in six years, which has cattle farmers preparing for the worst. Mongolia blames the severe disruption in its weather on climate change caused by high global greenhouse gas emissions, reports Reuters.
Thousands of people in Beirut are protesting against sectarian politicians they say are incompetent and corrupt. The "You Stink" protest campaign was ignited by a waste crisis, and has widened to reflect anger at the state's failure to provide basic services. The Lebonese government’s recent failure to agree on trash disposal left piles of stinking refuse across the city this summer. Protesters say the crisis reflects the rot inside Lebanon's political system.
De druk neemt toe op de regeringen van Engeland en Frankrijk om met een oplossing te komen voor de migrantencrisis in Calais. Duizenden migranten leven tijdens hun doortocht tijdelijk in een smerig tentenkamp dat bekendstaat als De Jungle. ’s Nachts proberen ze wanhopig via de kanaaltunnel het Verenigd Koninkrijk te bereiken. Journalisten en fotografen van persbureau Reuters legden het dagelijks leven vast in Frankrijks eerste door de staat aangewezen sloppenwijk, die zo’n 3000 mensen huisvest.
Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood. This Reuters series depicts shocked residents returning to their desolated homes in the wake of the natural disaster, and offers a glimpse of what the neighbourhood looks like ten year on.
A Japanese man has become the unlikely face of Nepal's desperate efforts to revive its climbing industry, seeking to conquer Everest alone for the first time since 18 people were killed in April - and since he lost all his fingertips to frostbite. But while his adventure offers a small glimmer of hope for the country’s tourism industry, other mountaineers say Nobukazu Kuriki is taking too big a gamble.
Eight days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, all of its 800 or so restaurants were shut. A decade on, more than 1,400 restaurants in the city’s metropolitan area plying millions of tourists with po'boy sandwiches, gumbo and other Creole dishes that have made the region famous. While other areas of the city have not fared so well, the dining boom reflects a remarkable bounce-back for the travel industry, an economic pillar of the city that took the brunt of the costliest storm in U.S. history, reports Reuters.
Amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings in the world’s most volatile war zones, politically charged murals and graffiti offer ground-level views of the conflict. This Reuters photo series captures murals and graffiti that chronicle the violence, fear and oppression felt by those trapped on the front line.
Britain's newest theme park, "Dismaland" has finally opened its doors. The "Bemusement Park" in Weston-super-Mare, an English seaside town, was created by British street artist Banksy and its ‘attractions’ carry his subversive statements and epigrams on Western culture, the media, capitalism and extreme disparities of wealth. Highlights include a decrepit castle, a merry-go-round horse set to be cooked and model boats on a pool full of refugees. The secretive artist, famed for his ironic murals in unexpected places, says his work isn’t a swipe at Disney, rather "a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism".
For decades, reconstructions of disasters by specialist safety investigators have been seen as crucial to making aviation safer, with accident rates at historically low levels. But in dozens of countries, notably France, they exist in uneasy co-habitation with separate criminal inquiries. Reuters investigates how air crash investigators risk being sidelined in a tussle to unlock the secrets of lost flight MH370, fuelling concerns that their role in making flying safer could be diminished.
While Israel regards East Jerusalem as part of Israel, the estimated 300,000 Palestinians that live there do not. Yet increasing numbers of Palestinians are making the difficult decision to become Israeli citizens in the hopes it will make their lives easier in a city where political and religious tensions are high. Reuters reports.