Mumbai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

No food, no work and no clue when relief will come.

That's life now for millions of informal workers in India, starved of a way to feed themselves or get the help pledged by government to survive a three-week coronavirus lockdown.

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell will learn on 7th April whether he can walk free from jail, when Australia's highest court hands down its judgement on his appeal against historical child sex offences.

The decision will likely bring to an end the long-running prosecution of the

RNS

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a 30 day stay-at-home order on Wednesday requiring the state’s residents to remain indoors to avoid spreading or contracting the novel coronavirus, he noted that the regulations do not apply to “essential activities” such as religious services.

But while the order

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Beijing has ramped up its diplomatic push into the Pacific, pledging coronavirus aid and medical advice, although its efforts are being impeded as islands close borders to stop the spread of the disease from hotspots including China.

Chinese embassies have held cheque presentation ceremonies in

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Data is urgently required to highlight the different impact of coronavirus on women and men, with early signs that women face higher levels of violence and more care work, researchers said on Wednesday.

Although death rates appear to be slightly higher among men,

RNS

Alabama’s public schools are closed for the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

When students return, they may be able to do yoga at school for the first time in decades.

Only a year after being “laughed off the floor", a bill to lift a yoga

RNS

It was a culture clash waiting to happen.

Almost as soon as Samaritan’s Purse assembled a 68 bed field hospital in Central Park’s famed East Meadow,  New Yorkers sounded the alarm about the evangelical humanitarian relief organisation headed by Franklin Graham.

Workers prepare a

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The first two cases of the coronavirus were confirmed among Colombia's Indigenous people on Tuesday, local authorities said, fanning fears that the highly contagious disease could decimate vulnerable tribal communities.

The cases were found in two people from the Yukpa group who live

Updated: 12:30pm
Reuters
Geneva, Switzerland

The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern on Wednesday about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 205 countries and territories.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his agency,

Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sierra Leone on Monday overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school in a victory for human rights activists who had fought against it for five years.

The West African country introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in rape, abuse

RNS

A US federal judge has ordered a new environmental review for the Dakota Access Pipeline in what the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is celebrating as a “significant legal win".

In his ruling last week, Judge James E Boasberg agreed with the Standing Rock Sioux that

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

For trafficking survivors-turned-entrepreneurs in Bangladesh - from caterers to hairdressers - the coronavirus pandemic has threatened their fresh start and left many struggling to get by.

Starting a business or securing a job can offer a lifeline for ex-slaves as they try

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Millions of people worldwide will be unable to get healthcare if they fall ill with coronavirus because they have no nationality, potentially exacerbating the spread of the disease, human rights campaigners said on Tuesday.

They urged every country to ensure all stateless people

Reuters

As the new coronavirus spreads, words such as COVID-19, pandemic and social distancing have become part of daily vocabulary. But what exactly do they mean? 

Here are some key terms explained:

Coronavirus and COVID-19
• There are several human coronaviruses - just as there are many other

Rome, Italy
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Four of the world's largest consumer brands are contributing to planet-heating emissions by using throwaway plastic to package everything from soft drinks and snacks to shampoo, said a report published on Tuesday.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and Unilever are responsible for half a million

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