Many ignore Beijing smog warnings despite first pollution “red alert”

Many ignore Beijing smog warnings despite first pollution “red alert”

BEIJING, December 8 (Reuters) – A blanket of humid, still air resulting in smog that is expected to shroud Beijing for at least three days triggered the capital’s first ever pollution “red alert” on Tuesday as many residents ignored warnings to limit their time outdoors.   By early morning, hundreds of people, including toddlers, had […]

Generation of Syrian children face ‘catastrophic’ psychological damage

Generation of Syrian children face ‘catastrophic’ psychological damage

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A generation of Syrian children are facing “catastrophic” psychological damage with one in four inside Syria at risk of developing a mental health disorder from witnessing traumatic events, a global children’s charity said on Tuesday.   The psychological needs of children fleeing four-and-a-half years of war remain largely unmet due […]

Machine guns, no-fly zone surround pope’s opening of Holy Year

Machine guns, no-fly zone surround pope’s opening of Holy Year

VATICAN CITY, December 8 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of faithful backed up for blocks at the Vatican on Tuesday, undergoing the strictest security checks in living memory as Pope Francis began Holy Year with a call to set aside “fear and dread”.   From early in the morning, police checked pilgrims, reporters, diplomats and […]

‘Clock ticking to catastrophe’

‘Clock ticking  to catastrophe’

UN Secretary General Ban urges strong climate deal   PARIS, December 7 (Reuters): Warning that the “clock is ticking toward climate catastrophe”, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments on Monday to agree a strong deal to limit global warming and transform the economy to greener energy.   “Outside these negotiating halls, there is a rising […]

China’s capital issues first ever ‘red alert’ on air pollution

China’s capital issues first ever ‘red alert’ on air pollution

BEIJING, December 7 (Reuters) – China’s capital on Monday issued its first ever “red alert” for pollution, as the city government warned that Beijing would be shrouded in heavy smog from Tuesday until Thursday.   China’s leadership has vowed to crack down on environmental degradation, including the air pollution that blankets many major cities, following […]

French far-right eyes big gains as polls open in regional vote

French far-right eyes big gains as polls open in regional vote

PARIS/HENIN-BEAUMONT, December 6 (Reuters) – France began voting in high-stakes regional elections on Sunday, just three weeks after deadly Islamic State militant attacks in Paris that could bring strong gains for the far-right National Front.   Security was beefed up at polling stations in the capital, where militants killed 130 people by shootings and suicide […]

Britain’s Labour wins parliamentary seat in boost to new leader Corbyn

Britain’s Labour wins parliamentary seat in boost to new leader Corbyn

OLDHAM, England, December 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party held on to a parliamentary seat in northern England on Thursday with an increased share of the vote, a relief to the party’s new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in his first electoral test.   Left-winger Corbyn has split Labour since his election as leader less than […]