By Sebastien Malo

Migrant mother, son sue U.S. over treatment in detention

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Honduran mother and young son have filed a lawsuit against U.S. authorities, claiming they were mistreated in detention facilities after they entered the country seeking asylum. The lawsuit,...

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 4:05 AM

Los Angeles human trafficking sweep leads to nearly 300 arrests

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 300 people have been arrested in a human trafficking sweep in Los Angeles, where authorities discovered ten victims who had been forced into prostitution, police said on Thursday. All but...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 2:29 AM

U.S. village in Alaska votes to relocate due to climate change

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Native American village in the U.S. state of Alaska has voted to relocate its entire population of some 600 people due to the threat of rising seas, officials said on Thursday. Shishmaref,...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:34 PM

U.S. village in Alaska deciding on relocation due to climate change

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Native American village in the U.S. state of Alaska was poised on Wednesday to decide whether to relocate its entire population of some 600 people due to the threat of rising seas. Shishmaref,...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 1:04 AM

Syrian refugees create app to cut through German bureaucracy

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a Syrian migrant arriving in Berlin, Munzer Khattab could barely say a word in German, let alone fill out a pile of forms in the language. So over the past year Khattab has not only learned...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:06 PM

Syrian hospital bombing death toll rises to 13: medical charity

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Monday that 13 people including children had died in the bombing of a hospital in northwestern Syria, describing the weekend attack as an "outrage"...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 12:45 AM

Ecuador appeals to tourists to return as earthquake hits economy

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost four months after a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador, a leading government minister has appealed to tourists to return to the financially-struggling Andean country. Nearly 700...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 12:39 AM

Ecuador appeals to tourists to return as earthquake hits economy

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost four months after a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador, a leading government minister has appealed to tourists to return to the financially-struggling Andean country. Nearly 700...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 12:38 AM

Number of people fleeing South Sudan violence hits one-day record, officials say

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 8,300 refugees fled violence in war-torn South Sudan and crossed into neighboring Uganda in a single day this week, setting a one-day record for this year, United Nations officials said on Friday...

Friday, July 22, 2016, 7:54 PM

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 8:55 PM

School out of reach for nearly one in 10 children worldwide, UNESCO says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 263 million children worldwide, nearly one in 10, do not go to school, posing a daunting hurdle to the United Nations' efforts to educate all children by 2030, the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO reported...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8:21 PM

Ranking shows rich nations not leading way to end poverty, inequality

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of the world's richest countries failed to earn top marks on their progress toward reaching the United Nations' goals to end poverty and inequality, with only Germany and the United Kingdom in the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:03 AM

Syrian town under siege faces famine, disease, medic groups say

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 90 people have died from starvation and other causes during a year-old siege of the Syrian town of Madaya, where residents have been trapped without supplies, two medical organizations said on Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 1:35 PM

Potential earthquake in Bangladesh could jeopardize millions, research says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A potentially giant earthquake may be building up beneath Bangladesh and eastern India and could endanger as many as 140 million people, a study said on Monday. The earthquake is not imminent but...

Monday, July 11, 2016, 5:50 PM

World Bank arm's loan to Uzbek cotton firm risks fuelling forced labor, say activists

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four Uzbek nationals have filed a complaint against the World Bank's private sector arm, charging that a $40 million loan to an Uzbek textile company risked stoking the practice of forced labor in the central...

Friday, July 8, 2016, 10:06 PM

Campaigners welcome news U.S. on track to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Refugee advocates have welcomed an assessment by a senior U.S. official that the United States is on track to hit a target of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September. So far,...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 11:53 PM

Top U.S. human rights groups fare poorly on openness about funds, watchdog says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three top U.S. human rights groups scored at the bottom among think tanks as to their openness about the sources of their funding, a watchdog group said on Wednesday. Human Rights Watch, the...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 8:22 PM

Top U.S. human rights groups fare poorly on openness about funds, watchdog says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three top U.S. human rights groups scored at the bottom among think tanks as to their openness about the sources of their funding, a watchdog group said on Wednesday. Human Rights Watch, the...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 3:43 AM

U.S. ambassador to U.N. slams nations 'making no effort' for refugees

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday took aim at nations she said are failing to help refugees fleeing war in the Middle East and elsewhere, calling anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 12:30 AM

UNICEF finds dramatic inequality among world's poorest, richest children

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children who do not attend school is rising, child marriage has not dropped in decades and millions of young children will die mostly preventable deaths by 2030 if global poverty is not...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 5:45 AM