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Toxic mercury in fish rising with climate change and overfishing, says research

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Rome, ItalyThomson Reuters Foundation Climate change and overfishing are increasing levels of toxic mercury in cod and tuna, which can cause neurological disorders in children and babies whose mothers eat fish while pregnant, a study by Harvard scientists said on Wednesday.  The concentration of methylmercury – an organic compound which can cause severe damage to […]

UK found sending home dozens of slavery victims despite re-trafficking fears

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LondonThomson Reuters Foundation Britain has sent home or aided the return of dozens of slaves to trafficking hotspots including Albania, Nigeria and Vietnam in recent years, raising concerns this put people at risk of being re-trafficked due to a lack of support in their home countries. The government subjected 36 victims to “enforced returns” between […]

France fines more than 700 in first year of ‘cat-call’ law

Woman in Paris

LondonThomson Reuters Foundation French authorities have fined more than 700 men for harassing women in public since the introduction of a law a year ago to stop cat-calls, lewd comments and gestures. Those breaking the law face potential on-the-spot fines of up to €750 or €1,500 if there are aggravating circumstances such as the victim is under […]

Water bankruptcy looms for one in four people worldwide, researchers warn

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New York City, USThomson Reuters Foundation A quarter of the world’s people are just a few dry spells away from facing dangerous water shortages, a US thinktank warned on Tuesday, with India home to the bulk at risk of running dry. Seventeen countries face “extremely high water stress” because they consume 80 per cent of […]

Christians in the Philippines decry growing hostilities after killing of pastor


Morning Star News Following the killing of a pastor on the Island of Mindanao on Friday, church leaders in the Philippines have decried an alleged increase in attacks on Christian human rights defenders since the start of the Rodrigo Duterte administration in 2016. Pastor Ernesto Javier Estrella of the United Church of Christ in the […]