Oct 1 (Reuters) - Every week, Reuters journalists produce scores of multimedia features and human-interest stories from around the world.
Below are some engaging stories selected by our editors, as well as explanatory context and background on world headlines. For a full schedule of news and events, please go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect here.
Frenchman says tattoos cost him kindergarten teaching job
PALAISEAU, Sept 28 - A schoolteacher whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was prevented from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child. (FRANCE-TATTOO/TEACHER (TV, PIX), by Lucien Libert, 325 words)
“Big opportunity”: Cuba’s entrepreneurs reinvent to survive pandemic
HAVANA, Sept 30 - From a restaurant mixing take-away cocktails to a cosmetics company delivering home-made products by bicycle, Cuba’s entrepreneurs - no strangers to hardship - are coping with the coronavirus shutdown in innovative ways. (HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CUBA-ENTREPRENEURS (FEATURE, TV, PIX), by Marc Frank and Anett Rios, 701 words)
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying paramedic
LONDON, Sept 29 - Paramedics in England’s remote, rugged Lake District region have been testing a jet suit that gets them to people in danger or distress in a fraction of the time it would take to travel by car or on foot. (BRITAIN-JETSUIT/RESCUE (TV), moved, 301 words)
Oregon inmates find redemption in fighting wildfires
PAISLEY, Sept 29 - In the flames, they are finding redemption. The 10 Oregon prisoners carry chainsaws, axes, shovels and hoes into the biggest wildfires the state has seen in a century. (USA-WILDFIRES/INMATES (PIX, TV), by Adrees Latif, 509 words)
Young Afghan female mountaineer plans next summit to ‘show the world what we can do’
KABUL, Sept 30 - Eighteen-year old Fatima Sultani and a team of nine young mountaineers are hoping to climb Afghanistan’s Mir Samir mountain and after that travel to Nepal to summit the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. (AFGHANISTAN-WOMEN/MOUNTAINEERING (TV, PIX), by Orooj Hakimi and Hameed Farzad, 338 words)
A tale of two Britains: homes market boom deepens social divide
LONDON, Sept 30 - Claire Tomlinson dreams of buying a three-bedroom house in the leafy northern English town of Sandbach but now finds herself priced out of the market, a story that is becoming all too familiar in Britain in the pandemic era. (BRITAIN-HOUSING/ (PIX), by Andy Bruce, 874 words)
The missing grandparents: families mourn elder generation lost to COVID-19
Sept 27 - Mel Solomon loved to sing. Even after Alzheimer’s Disease stole most of his memory, Mel sang to his newborn grandson Joshua, who was born in 2019, his daughter Laura Solomon recalled. “My father couldn’t really articulate himself well any more, but the music never disappeared,” she said. (HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-GRANDPARENTS (PIX), moved, 1,070 words)
Height of fashion? Clothes mountains build up as recycling breaks down
MADRID/NAIROBI, Sept 30 - Clothes recycling is the pressure-release valve of fast fashion, and it’s breaking under COVID-19 curbs. (HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/TEXTILES-RECYCLING (INSIGHT, PIX, TV), by Sonya Dowsett and George Obulutsa, 1,193 words)
Thailand’s ‘rule breaker’ school uniforms challenge tradition
BANGKOK, Sept 29 - In Thai classrooms, showing a rebellious or creative streak through what you wear is difficult. (THAILAND-FASHION/SCHOOL UNIFORMS (TV, PIX), by Juarawee Kittisilpa and Jorge Silva, 298 words)
Unequal education: Pandemic widens race, class gaps in U.S. schools
YORK, Sept 29 - Natalie Cruz, 12, missed math and language arts instruction one recent morning because the school’s virtual interface would not load. Carlos, her 8-year-old brother, sat beside her at the kitchen table, studying with last year’s workbooks because the district had yet to supply him with a PC, weeks after instruction started online. (HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PENNSYLVANIA-EDUCATION (INSIGHT, PIX), by Nathan Layne, 1516 words)
UNDERSTANDING THE U.S. ELECTION
FACTBOX-Five ways the U.S. elections could affect equity markets
GRAPHIC-Steady growth to record crash: How the pandemic recast Trump’s economic record
FACTBOX-Trump, Biden healthcare differences in spotlight amid pandemic, Supreme Court fight
FACTBOX-How a Biden presidency would transform the U.S. energy landscape
TIMELINE-From Kennedy-Nixon to Trump-Biden: 60 years of U.S. presidential debates
FACTBOX-‘Will you shut up, man?’ - quotes from the first Trump-Biden debate
FACTBOX-Fact-checking U.S. economic claims in tumultuous Trump-Biden debate
EXPLAINER-President Trump asked the Proud Boys to “stand by.” Who are they?
FACTBOX-What are the steps to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court?
EXPLAINER-The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers
EXPLAINER-Why the coronavirus death rate still eludes scientists
TIMELINE-How the global coronavirus pandemic unfolded
Vaccine bootcamp: how your body uses different kinds of vaccines to develop immunity (tmsnrt.rs/34cAleD)
GRAPHIC-New U.S. COVID-19 cases rise in 27 states for two straight weeks (tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR)
FACTBOX-Sticking points over EU’s post-COVID recovery package
FACTBOX-The race for a coronavirus vaccine
Global tracker (tmsnrt.rs/32CyMHu)
U.S. tracker (tmsnrt.rs/2ySIhG0)
The Lifeline Pipeline: the drugs, tests and tactics that may conquer coronavirus (reut.rs/3bhMUaE)
Prominent people diagnosed with COVID-19 (reut.rs/38zyAtI)
FACTBOX-Selected quotes as COVID-19 pandemic reaches new milestone
OTHER EXPLANATORY CONTENT
FACTBOX-How a temporary U.S. ban could destroy TikTok
FACTBOX-Meet the lawyers behind the upcoming U.S./Google antitrust showdown
NEWSMAKER-Kuwait’s new ruler to seek stability among fractious, powerful neighbours
EXPLAINER-Who’s fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, and why does it matter?
FACTBOX-New faces, new jobs in Poland’s conservative government
FACTBOX-Big Oil’s climate targets
FACTBOX-Which bacteria could be behind elephant deaths in Zimbabwe and Botswana?
GRAPHIC-By the numbers: The chasm where the corner cafe used to be (Compiled by Leela de Kretser, Patrick Enright and Tiffany Wu)
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