MEXICO CITY – Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer. Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018. Responding to her post, Twitter user Jose David Guerra…"Mexico’s first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer"
– U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by . Tech companies, currently protected from lawsuits over content posted by users, feared the original bill would hurt their ability to offer protections like end-to-end encryption. That…"U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns: draft"
ISTANBUL – Turkey will introduce regulations to control social media platforms or shut them down, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday, pressing ahead with government plans after he said his family was insulted online. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, said on Twitter on Tuesday that his fourth child had been born. Albayrak’s wife Esra was insulted by some users, who were later detained, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. Speaking to members of his…"Turkey determined to control social media platforms, Erdogan says"
ABIDJAN – Child labour has increased in top grower Ivory Coast’s cocoa sector during its coronavirus lockdown, according to a report released on Wednesday by an industry-backed foundation. The percentage of children engaged in labour between mid-March and mid-May rose to 19.4% from 16% in the same period in recent years, according to a survey of over 1,400 households conducted by the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). The report said it was too early to attribute…"Child labour on Ivory Coast cocoa farms rises during pandemic, study finds"
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the separation of church and state in a major ruling on Tuesday by endorsing Montana tax credits that helped pay for students to attend religious schools, a decision paving the way for more public funding of faith-based institutions. In a 5-4 decision with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, the court backed a Montana program that gave tax incentives for people to donate…"U.S. Supreme Court allows public money for religious schools in major ruling"
NAIROBI – Vanessa Wanjera packs a punch. The 14-year-old Kenyan took up boxing two years ago but she already has big dreams. “I want to be a champion, instead of staying in the slums,” Wanjera told . Wanjera is one of a group of children who train at the Mathare North Boxing Club in Nairobi, where head coach Bernard Muiruri hopes the programme will help keep kids out of trouble. While government restrictions are in…"Punching through the pandemic: Kenyan boxing club gives kids a break"
PARIS – Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and four other humanitarian groups installed a migrant campsite in Paris housing about 100 adolescents, the organizations said on Tuesday, to draw attention to the dangers they face. The organisations set up the campsite overnight near the French capital’s Place de la Republique, to highlight to political authorities the plight of homeless, young refugees, according to their statement. Since the closure of a huge migrant camp in Calais in…"Groups set up adolescent migrant camp in Paris to highlight their plight"
SEOUL – South Korea has the world’s lowest birth rate, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, as women in Asia’s fourth-largest economy struggle to achieve a balance between work and other life demands. The annual report by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) found the fertility rate per woman in South Korea was only 1.1, the lowest among 201 countries surveyed. “Even as women have gained equality in access to education and work,…"South Korean birth rate world’s lowest in struggle for balance: report"
MANILA – After taking a job in a hospital’s COVID-19 emergency room, Philippine doctor Jan Claire Dorado planned to move out of the family home to protect relatives from the risk of infection. But Dorado’s parents insisted the 30-year-old keep living at home, so her father constructed a makeshift isolation area in a storage room there. Now, when she returns from work at one of the country’s main hospitals treating coronavirus patients, her dinner is…"Philippine doctors shield families with ‘quarantent’, safe spaces"
BRUSSELS – Governments are set to pledge billions of dollars in aid for Syrians at a virtual conference on Tuesday to help refugees enduring Syria’s ninth year of armed conflict, as COVID-19 and high food prices worsen the plight of millions. This year, the United Nations is looking for almost $10 billion for people in Syria and surrounding countries. It hopes much of that will come from the 60 governments and non-governmental agencies gathering by…"U.N. to call for more aid for Syrians at virtual donor meeting"