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Zika: single mothers Reuters 24/03/2019

Single parents are common in Brazil but doctors on the frontline of the Zika outbreak are concerned about how many mothers of babies with microcephaly are being abandoned. Some blame Brazil's macho culture while others say there is not a strong enough support network for fathers of children born with the condition. Reuters meets the single parents struggling to cope.

Taking on the Golden Triangle's narco-empire Reuters 24/03/2019

Patrols on the Mekong River by the Laotian army and Myanmar police may have subdued pirates targeting cargo ships but drug production and trafficking in the region, known as the Golden Triangle, is booming. Reuters took a trip down the Mekong with The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to discover the steps being made to combat the Golden Triangle's raging drug industry. Jeremy Douglas, the UNODC's Asia-Pacific chief said drug revenues are so great that: "It's like having an undeclared sovereign state in your midst with no borders and lots of money."

Seville migrant: from war to law Reuters 24/03/2019

More than 1.2 million refugees have poured into Europe in the past year, though few have entered Spain, due in part to its economic crisis. Reuters meets one of those who ended up in Seville. Howard Jackson is a well-known colourful character who fled to Spain from a civil war in Liberia 20 years ago. He spent years hawking tissues at traffic lights dressed in a series of colourful costumes to make money, but is now pursuing a career in law. This is his story.

How 'Blackfish' helped end SeaWorld's killer whale programs Reuters 21/03/2019

On March 17, SeaWorld announced it would end its captive breeding of killer whales, or orcas. The theme park’s treatment of the animals was thrown in the spotlight three years ago by Blackfish, a documentary examining the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by an orca. The film sparked a campaign on social media demanding SeaWorld end its orca breeding program. Reuters spoke to the documentary’s director about the impact of Blackfish.

Germany's top Nazi hunter to keep up chase for another decade Reuters 21/03/2019

Undeterred by dwindling numbers of living suspects, Germany's top Nazi hunter is determined to keep tracking down criminals involved in Hitler's murder machine for another decade. A handful of new Auschwitz-related trials are underway in Germany, but one has already stalled due to the frail health of its defendant, who is over 90. Jens Rommel tells Reuters his work is getting more difficult every year and yields only modest results. But it still matters, say victims’ relatives.

Seeing no end to power crisis, Gazans turn to the sun Reuters 14/03/2019

Faced with power blackouts lasting anything from eight to 12 hours a day, residents and businesses in Gaza are increasingly turning to the sun to supply their energy needs. As solar panels prices decrease, schools, hospitals, shops, banks and even mosques across the Gaza Strip have started to install them on their roofs. Not only are solar panels more reliable and cheaper in the long run, but in some cases, they have become essential to staying alive, reports Reuters.

U.S. women push back against stigma, cost of menstruation Reuters 14/03/2019

The average woman in the U.S. spends $70 a year on tampons and pads, if they can afford it. Rising costs, along with a stubborn stigma attached to menstruation, mean many women and girls often miss work or school because they cannot afford sanitary products. Women's advocates say budgets for homeless shelters, schools, prisons and public restrooms should start providing free tampons and sanitary napkins. Reuters speaks to two young teenagers who are part of a growing national movement of non-profit organisations acting to address the inequities and stigma that still surrounds menstruation.

Fukushima: Searching for loved ones Reuters 07/03/2019

In 2011, a magnitude nine earthquake and towering tsunami killed nearly 16,000 people along Japan's northeastern coast and left more than 2,500 missing. Today, people still comb the area in a desperate search for lost family members. But the accident still hampers their efforts. High levels of radiation mean some areas can only be entered 30 times each year, for just five hours per visit. Undeterred, relatives of the missing share their heart-breaking stories as photographer Toru Hanai follows their hunt for closure.

How the Republican elite turned a blind eye to the rise and rise of Donald Trump Reuters 07/03/2019

Republican presidential front-runner, property tycoon Donald Trump continues to dominate his rivals on the campaign trial, winning support with his incendiary rhetoric. After turning a blind eye to Trump’s rise in popularity, his own party seem to have woken up to the potential reality of President Trump, and are now scrambling to apply the brakes. But will it be a case of too little too late? Reuters investigates why the Republican Party left it so long to act.

Old red dye shows promise as new cancer foe Reuters 29/02/2019

Modern cancer drugs supercharge immune systems, target specific gene mutations and pack modified viruses into vaccines. But a prospective new treatment, discovered by accident, stands out for its simplicity. Rose Bengal, a cheap industrial chemical that turns yarn and food bright red, has the ability to dissolve tumours, rendering the need for lasers obsolete. Now, some scientists are looking at its potential to fight various forms of cancer.

Behind the refugee crisis, families in the West willing to pay and pay Reuters 29/02/2019

Reuters investigates the inner workings of the multi-billion-euro smuggling networks that are fuelling Europe’s migrant crisis. Most of the billions of dollars people-smuggling generates every year is raised and transferred by migrants’ and refugees’ relatives around the world. So far, the global networks has mostly eluded law enforcement. The harrowing story of one family from Eritrea, now spread across continents, shows the price people are willing to pay for family and freedom.

Big banks see the need to shrink – but face a path full of obstacles Reuters 22/02/2019

The U.S. Federal Reserve is demanding the global break up of big banks. While no senior bankers want to be split up or downsized, many acknowledge that their institutions might be better off smaller and simpler. Yet there could be major barriers to restructuring, they say. Senior bankers tell Reuters they are struggling with the costs and restrictions they face as a result of new post-financial crisis regulations, as well as a weak global economy and troubled financial markets.

Doctoring WHO: The World Health Organization’s critical challenge is healing itself Reuters 22/02/2019

For years the World Health Organization has talked about the need to improve its operations, to allow for clear leadership in promoting health and to respond decisively to disease emergencies spanning worldwide. But the global health body has struggled to enact such reforms. In the wake of criticism over the organisation’s slow reaction to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and more recently its response to the spread of Zika virus, health experts say its lead role in global health is in peril.

Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil Reuters 15/02/2019

Women in the slums of Recife, which squat on stilts over mosquito-ridden marshland in northeast Brazil, have few options if their children develop microcephaly, the condition marked by an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain that has been linked to the Zika epidemic sweeping the country. The outbreak in Brazil has revived the debate about easing the country’s strict abortion laws. Yet with two-thirds of the population Catholic and support for Evangelicals growing fast, polls show Brazilians oppose changing the law.

How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology Reuters 15/02/2019

In Tanzania, police have started to use elephant poachers' own technology – guns and phones – against them. The country is locked in an increasingly rapacious battle with the poaching trade, which has killed off 60 percent of the country's elephant population in the past five years. By combining new technology with old-fashioned detective work, the special crime unit is seeing results. "From just one arrest, you can open up the syndicate, and go up the ladder from grassroots to brokers, to dealers and transporters... all the way up to international traffickers," said one agent.

New app helps young Iranians avoid 'morality police' Reuters 15/02/2019

A new smartphone app that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's ‘morality police’ is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities. The Gershad app allows users who spot checkpoints set up by the morality police to tag their location on a Google map to help others steer clear. Dubbed by some as a form of protest, Gershad is an example of how young Iranians are turning to technology to circumvent checks on their everyday lives.

Women footballers stand up to the mob in Italy’s South Reuters 08/02/2019

It is not uncommon for Italy's mafias to control soccer clubs in their territory as a way to build local consensus and even mask extortion payments as club sponsorships. But 12 young women from a top level soccer club refused to cave in to fear when the club president said he received threats from the mob to shut down the club or else. The team from Calabria, Locri, tell Reuters why they are standing firm.

Refugees bring entrepreneurial spirit to risk-shy Germany Reuters 08/02/2019

Despite a recent start-up boom in certain areas, Germany still has a relatively low level of entrepreneurialism. But the latest influx of refugees - many of whom ran a business back home – could actually make the country more enterprising. Rather than be shunted into lower paid work, many immigrants, particularly from Eastern Europe, have little choice but self-employment. Yet experts are playing down talk that the recent flood of new arrivals could lead to a rush of start-ups in the near term, reports Reuters.

A refugee will be a torch bearer in 2016, Olympic committee says Reuters 01/02/2019

One refugee will be among the torch bearers for the 2016 Olympics to “help draw the attention of the world to the problems of the refugees”. The flame for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will pass through a refugee camp in Athens after being lit in Greece's ancient Olympia on April 21. Top athletes who are refugees, with no home country to represent, will also be allowed to compete at the Rio Games under the Olympic flag.

Life on the streets of L.A. Reuters 01/02/2019

This Reuters series meets some of Los Angeles' homeless population, estimated at about 44,000. Many live in a bleak and chaotic square-mile patch of downtown known as Skid Row. Others can be found sheltering under highway overpasses and on vacant lots in ragged tent encampments, and in cars and campers lining streets, where they are at the mercy of torrential downpours predicted to hit the city in coming months.

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