Barcelona, Spain
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Using water more efficiently in everything from daily life to agriculture and industry would help reduce planet-warming emissions and curb climate change - a potential benefit that has yet to be widely recognised, the United Nations said on Sunday.

In a report issued

Toronto, Canada/Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

The Canadian Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee said on Sunday that Team Canada will not participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020 due to concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Opposition to holding the Games in July has

Amman, Jordan
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Complaints and concerns over water shortages rose by 58 per cent in Jordan in the first day after a country-wide curfew was instated, water authorities said Sunday. 

Jordan, the world's fifth most water-stressed nation due to climate change and overuse, is trying to

RNS

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics is no stranger to St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, North Carolina.  In past years its rector, Rev Jim Melnyk, has invited her to explain to his congregation the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, and to share the Jewish understanding

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Factory workers in Bangladesh could go hungry as global fashion brands have cancelled or delayed orders worth $US138 million due to coronavirus, manufacturers said on Thursday.

More than 100 Bangladeshi factories have already lost orders, manufacturers said, as retail sales plummeted globally and

Johannesburg, South Africa/Dakar, Senegal
Thomson Reuters Foundation

People globally are being told to wash their hands to fight the spread of coronavirus but in Africa many can't, experts said, urging states to use the pandemic as a reason to finally push for improvements to water supplies.

Speaking as

Melbourne/Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia ordered pubs, cinemas, churches and casinos to close and two more states said on Sunday they would shut their borders, while the government pledged an extra $A66.4 billion to combat the impact of the coronavirus.

Along with neighbouring New Zealand, Australia has brought in

Vatican City
RNS

In an online statement, conservative Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke said that access to Mass and the sacraments must not be denied even as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.

“In considering what is needed to live, we must not forget that our first consideration is

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Hundreds of thousands of refugees living in precarious conditions across Asia are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak, with border closures raising the risk of their forced repatriation, human rights groups have said

The outbreak, termed COVID-19, has infected more than 270,000

Singapore
Reuters

Lockdowns and panic food buying due to the coronavirus pandemic could ignite world food inflation even though there are ample supplies of staple grains and oilseeds in key exporting nations, a senior economist at FAO and agricultural analysts said.

The world's richest nations poured unprecedented aid

Kathmandu, Nepal/Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Dinesh Bhandari spent two days travelling by bus from his village in rural Nepal to Kathmandu to get a permit to take up the factory job he had been promised in Malaysia.

When he reached the Nepali capital, he found the door

Brussels, Belgium
Reuters

Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to working from home.

YouTube is the second company after Netflix to act after EU

Mumbai/Chennai, India
Thomson Reuters Foundation

People suspected of having the coronavirus in India have received hand stamps and are being tracked using their mobile phones and personal data to help enforce quarantines, raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance.

The outbreak, termed COVID-19, has infected more than 234,000

Bangkok, Thailand/Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned.

The outbreak has infected more than 245,000 people worldwide and the death toll now exceeds 10,000,

Geneva, Switzerland
Reuters

Coronavirus can sicken or kill young people as well and they must also avoid mingling and spreading it to older and more vulnerable people, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

With more than 210,000 cases reported worldwide and a death toll of 9,000, each

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