By Lin Taylor

France has 'misunderstood' burkini, Australian designer says

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday....

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:50 PM

Asylum claims in Britain highest in more than a decade

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 36,000 asylum seeker claims were made in Britain in the 12 months to June, according to government figures published on Thursday, the highest number in over a decade. In the 12 months to...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 5:42 PM

France has 'misunderstood' burkini, Australian designer says

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday....

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 10:17 PM

Factbox: How dangerous was 2015 for aid workers?

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Attacks against aid workers fell in 2015 for a second year in a row as Afghanistan remained the most dangerous country for humanitarian workers, data showed on Monday. In second place was South Sudan,...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:47 AM

Don't demonize refugees, U.N. says, as poll reveals negative attitudes

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations warned against "demonizing" refugees on Friday, after a global poll revealed 60 percent of people thought Islamic extremists were posing as refugees. Around 40 percent also said...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 9:12 PM

High risk of modern slavery in nearly 60 percent of countries, global index finds

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 60 percent of countries are at high risk of using slave labor in their supply chains, according to a new global index launched on Thursday, which also ranked North Korea as having the worst record of slave...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 4:55 AM

More than half of British women sexually harassed at work: survey

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than half of British women have been sexually harassed at work, according to a survey published on Wednesday, but almost 80 percent said they did not report the incident to their employer. Nearly...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4:47 AM

Internet in Greek migrant camps as important as food, water: aid groups

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the first questions aid worker Isaac Kwamy was asked in Greece's camps for refugees and migrants was not whether there was food or water, but whether there was internet access. "Very few of...

Friday, July 22, 2016, 12:55 PM

'Broken-hearted and sad', British schoolchildren learn empathy for refugees

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a quiet suburban school in northwest London, young children are asked to imagine that they need to leave their homes because Britain is at war. As they close their eyes and sit in silence, their...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 4:38 AM

World must not forget about Ethiopia's food crisis: former Olympic champion

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of Ethiopians in the grip of a severe hunger crisis are at risk of being forgotten by the international community and urgently need more aid to help them recover, former Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie...

Monday, July 18, 2016, 4:02 PM

From favelas to the White House, tiles turn footsteps into electricity

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was in Morro da Mineira favela, in Rio de Janeiro, that British engineer Laurence Kemball-Cook first saw how his floor tiles could make a difference. Children were playing soccer as their families...

Monday, July 18, 2016, 7:21 AM

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8:20 PM

Britain set to welcome female PM but sexism still 'corrodes' politics, activists say

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain may be about to welcome its second woman prime minister but female politicians are still far from achieving equality with online abuse, objectification and misogyny plaguing British politics, a leading...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 8:36 AM

Britain set to welcome female PM but sexism still 'corrodes' politics, activists say

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain may be about to welcome its second woman prime minister but female politicians are still far from achieving equality with online abuse, objectification and misogyny plaguing British politics, a leading...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 3:18 PM

Mass killings, forced evictions threaten indigenous, minority groups to point of "eradication": rights group

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mass killings, forced evictions and conflicts over land put indigenous and minority groups at risk of being eradicated from their ancestral lands, a human rights group said on Tuesday. From Ethiopia,...

Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:56 PM

Civilians fleeing Iraq's Falluja should not be 'coerced' to return - aid agencies

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Civilians who have fled Falluja should not be coerced to return because of poor conditions in displacement camps or by Iraqi authorities, aid agencies say, as insecurity remains rife and explosives have not...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:12 PM

In first half of 2016, record number of migrants die trying to cross Mediterranean: IOM

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 2,900 migrants have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, making the first six months of 2016 the deadliest on record, according to figures published Friday by an international...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 4:36 PM

Only five countries give LGBT people equal constitutional rights: research

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Only five countries in the world have given lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people equal constitutional rights, global research shows, with most countries failing to protect the community from...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:48 PM

British public's trust in charities lowest ever recorded: survey

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The British public's trust in charities is the lowest it has ever been, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the government's charity watchdog, with international aid agencies, such as Oxfam and the...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 5:44 AM

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to defend Yazidi women, ISIS sex slaves

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will defend Yazidi women who have been victims of sexual slavery, rape and genocide by Islamic State militants in Iraq, her law firm said on Friday....

Friday, June 10, 2016, 11:18 PM