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Ecuadorean mayors seek police protection amid spiraling violence

Quito, Ecuador Reuters Forty-five mayors in Ecuador have requested police protection in the past year as violence grips the country, where 22 local officials have died in violent circumstances since 2023, the executive director of the Association of Ecuadorean Municipalities (AME) said. Officials have come under threat amid a national crackdown on criminal groups. President […]

France riots: mayors hold defiant rallies amid uneasy calm

L'Hay-les-Roses mayor Vincent Jeanbrun, French Senate President Gerard Larcher, Ile-de-France Region President Valerie Pecresse, Member of parliament Eric Ciotti of the French conservative party Les Republicains (LR) attend a march with French politicians, elected officials and residents in support of L'Hay-les-Roses mayor, whose home was targeted by rioters, putting in danger his wife and two children, during unrests following the death of Nahel, a 17-year-old teenager killed by a French police officer in Nanterre during a traffic stop, in L'Hay-les-Roses near Paris, France, on 3rd July 2023.

Paris, FranceReuters Defiant gatherings were held outside town halls across France on Monday following a wave of rioting triggered by the fatal police shooting of a teenager of north African descent. Police made fewer than 160 arrests overnight, offering some relief for President Emmanuel Macron in his fight to reimpose order, just months after rolling […]

Taiwan President quits as party head after China threat bet fails to win votes

Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen resignation

Taipei, TaiwanReuters Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party on Saturday after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance to China’s rising bellicosity failed to pay off and win public support. The elections for mayors, county chiefs and local councillors are ostensibly about domestic issues such as […]

Climate migration: From Dhaka to Freetown, cities on alert

Mozambique Beira fish market

KIM HARRISBERG and CAREY L BIRON, of Thomson Reuters Foundation, report on calls from city mayors in climate vulnerable nations for cash and a bigger say in forging policies to deal with displacement caused by drought, storms and flooding…

London, New York mayors urge cities to divest from fossil fuels

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation The mayors of New York City and London have urged other cities to divest their pension funds from fossil fuel producers, as they introduced a toolkit to help cities shift investments away from companies that drive climate change. New York City said in January, 2018, that over five years it would […]

More trees, less cars: cities pledge cleaner air

London traffic

Copenhagen, DenmarkThomson Reuters Foundation From penalising cars to planting trees, dozens of mayors from every continent pledged cleaner air on Friday in a bid to improve urban health and tackle climate change. More than 90 per cent of people breathe dirty air, causing death and disease, according to the World Health Organization. “This dirty air […]

New migration accord recognises key role of cities

Thomson Reuters Foundation Cities say they will gain new recognition for their role in planning for and responding to influxes of migrants when countries adopt a major migration agreement this week. Talks lasting a year-and-a-half are set to conclude when national governments endorse the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at a two-day […]