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Recent articles by Emma:

Mali: New App Predicts Water-Related Conflict Up to Year in Advance

Conflicts over water are likely to flare up in Iraq, Mali and India in the coming year, according to the developers of an app launched on Thursday which aims to help prevent violence by flagging up potential flashpoints. → Read More

Ethiopia: 'Banana On Steroids'

The "wonder crop" is a staple for 20 million people in the Ethiopian Highlands who turn it into bread and porridge, construction materials, packaging, cattle feed and medicine → Read More

Sudan's Midwives Told to Stop Genital Mutilation On Mothers After Birth

Sudanese midwives must stop performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on new mothers, health experts said on Thursday, adding that it was undermining broader efforts to wipe out the internationally condemned practice. → Read More

Africa: Ocean Could Provide Over Six Times More Food Than It Does Today

The ocean could provide over six times more food than it does now with better management and more technological innovation, scientists said on Tuesday, adding that boosting cultivation of bivalves like mussels and clams could be especially beneficial. → Read More

Africa: Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving 'Alarming' Hunger Levels

Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world. → Read More

Africa: Film Star Cate Blanchett Decries 'Heartbreaking' Plight of Stateless

Film star Cate Blanchett urged the world to end the devastating plight of millions of people with no nationality on Monday, describing statelessness as a "heartbreaking" waste of human talent and potential. → Read More

Europol sets up taskforce to target most dangerous human traffickers

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From jet skis to yachts, traffickers are resorting to increasingly innovative ways to smuggle people into Europe, a senior Europol officer said on Tuesday as the police agency launched a taskforce to tackle the lucrative trade. → Read More

Angola: Prince Harry Backs Mine Clearance in Angola, Following in Diana's Footsteps

Britain's Prince Harry on Monday threw his weight behind mine clearance efforts in Angola, a cause championed by his mother more than two decades ago when she made global headlines by walking through a minefield in the country. → Read More

Abortion map shows U.S. bans in 'stark contrast' to global trend

A new world map of abortion laws shows an "overwhelming" trend towards liberalization, reproductive health experts said, despite a flurry of restrictions passed by U.S. states. → Read More

Kenya's President Vows to Push for More Women in Power and End FGM

Kenyatta said Kenya would make it compulsory for parents to send all children to primary and secondary school, which would boost girls' opportunities and empower them to be future leaders → Read More

Africa: It's (Still) a Man's World As Equality Pledges Fail 1.4 Bln Women

World leaders are failing 1.4 billion girls and women on promises of a fairer future, according to a global index launched at the world's biggest gender equality conference. → Read More

Kenya's president vows to push for more women in power and end FGM

VANCOUVER, June 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to push for more women in power, keep all girls in school, tackle child marriage and end female genital mutilation (FGM) at the opening of the world’s biggest gender equality conference on Monday. He told delegates attending Women Deliver in Vancouver that Kenya would make it compulsory for parents to send… → Read More

Is Brexit good or bad for women? It's divisive to even ask

Despite predictions that women might be more likely to vote Remain than men, only a small majority - 51 percent - did so → Read More

Africa: Two Billion People Lack Water At Health Facilities

A quarter of the world's health facilities lack basic water services, impacting 2 billion people, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning that unhygienic conditions could fuel the global rise of deadly superbugs. → Read More

Sudan: South Sudan 'Superhero' Wins Award for Work With Children Born of Rape

Such children are often rejected by their mothers and wider communities, leaving them vulnerable to recruitment by armed groups → Read More

Africa: What Is Female Genital Mutilation and Where Does It Happen?

FGM is practised in at least 30 countries, mostly in Africa but also in pockets of the Middle East and Asia → Read More

Africa: Scientists Say "Mosquito Birth Control" Drug Could Be Ready in Five Years

Scientists in the United States said on Tuesday they had taken a major step toward developing a "mosquito birth control" drug to curb the spread of malaria and other killer diseases blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year. → Read More

Scientists say 'mosquito birth control' drug could be ready in five years

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists in the United States said on Tuesday they had taken a major step toward developing a "mosquito birth control" drug to curb the spread of malaria and other killer diseases blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year. → Read More

Congo-Kinshasa: Ravaged By Ebola and War, Congo Named Most Neglected Crisis of 2018

With an Ebola epidemic raging and millions caught in a forgotten "catastrophe" of conflict and hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was the most neglected crisis of 2018, according to an annual Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of aid agencies. → Read More

Africa: Charities Say Malawi Plans to Gag Critics With 'Draconian' Law

Advocacy groups fear that the government will use the new law to shut down organisations that speak out against corruption → Read More