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JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
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20 Sep. 2017
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home... more
JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
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20 Sep. 2017
Minamata, Japan
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning. Forty-five years on, she is travelling again, this time to Geneva, to attend from Sunday a gathering of signatories to the first global pact to rein in mercury pollution. Sakamoto is one of a shrinking group of survivors from a 1950s industrial disaster in which tens of thousands of people were poisoned after waste water from a chemical plant seeped into the Minamata bay. The waste contained a toxic organic compound, methylmercury, which can cause severe damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to a condition called Minamata disease. It gives its name to the U.N.-backed treaty that took effect last month. Symptoms worsen with age, leaving some victims grappling with the question of who will care for them after the death of siblings and parents, while others face legal disputes. "If I don't say something, no one will know about Minamata disease," said Sakamoto, who is one of the few born with the disease who is still able to talk. "There are still so many problems, and I want people to know." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "MINAMATA VICTIMS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
A mannequin of a police officer is pictured during... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
A mannequin of a police officer is pictured during... more
FRANCE-POLICE/PROTESTS
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16 Sep. 2017
Demonstrators march to protest against the working... more
STORM-IRMA/ELDERLY
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13 Sep. 2017
Guillermo Nunez speaks to the media regarding the condition... more
STORM-IRMA/ELDERLY
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13 Sep. 2017
Guillermo Nunez speaks to the media regarding the condition... more
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13 Sep. 2017
Guillermo Nunez speaks to the media regarding the condition... more
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13 Sep. 2017
Guillermo Nunez speaks to the media regarding the condition... more
STORM-IRMA/
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9 Sep. 2017
Emergency medical personnel move a woman, with an unknown... more
USA-BURNINGMAN/
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31 Aug. 2017
Burning Man participants arrive from the white out... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
A shoeshiner protects himself from tear gas while members... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union clash with police... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union clash with police... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union clash with police... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
People protect themselves from tear gas while members... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union react to tear gas... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union react to tear gas... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
A shoeshiner protects himself from tear gas while members... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
A shoeshiner protects himself from tear gas while members... more
PERU-PROTESTS/
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25 Aug. 2017
Members of Peru's teachers union clash with police... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/INJURIES
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24 Aug. 2017
Yolyter Rodriguez, 56, a housewife and a mother-of-three,... more
VENEZUELA-POLITICS/INJURIES
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24 Aug. 2017
Yolyter Rodriguez, 56, a housewife and a mother-of-three,... more
KENYA-ELECTION/POLICE
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14 Aug. 2017
Lenzer, mother of six month-old Samantha Pendo shows... more
KENYA-ELECTION/POLICE
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14 Aug. 2017
Lenzer, mother of six month-old Samantha Pendo shows... more
KENYA-ELECTION/POLICE
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14 Aug. 2017
Lenzer, mother of six month-old Samantha Pendo, speaks... more
KENYA-ELECTION/POLICE
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14 Aug. 2017
Lenzer, mother of six month-old Samantha Pendo, stands... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Khalid Abubaker from Libya (R), 33, struggles in the... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Ashour Namato, 24, a former refugee who fled Syria,... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Ashour Namato, 24, a former refugee who fled Syria,... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Ashour Namato (L), 24, a former refugee who fled Syria,... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
A former refugee, in the new role of tour guide at... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
A baby doll hangs from a scale used to track the weight... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
A sign asking people to make decisions that would affect... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
A former refugee talks to school children in the new... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Khalid Abubaker from Libya (R), 33, shows the color... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
A typical daily ration pack for refugees is pictured... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Khalid Abubaker from Libya, 33, shows a mock refugee... more
AUSTRALIA-REFUGEES/
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7 Aug. 2017
Students from a Sydney school inspect a mock checkpoint... more
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CHINA-GIRLFRIEND/
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19 Jul. 2017
Before driving to Wang Quanming's hometown, Zhao Yuqing... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), accompanied by children with... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), accompanied by children... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), accompanied by children with... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT),... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), accompanied by children with... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/
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12 Jul. 2017
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), accompanied by children... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
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11 Jul. 2017
A member of the Iraqi Federal police rests at the frontline... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL-PICTURES
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11 Jul. 2017
A member of the Iraqi Federal police rests at the frontline... more
SPAIN-CATALONIA/
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4 Jul. 2017
Ballot boxes are pictured before a meeting about the... more
SPAIN-CATALONIA/
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4 Jul. 2017
Ballot boxes are stacked after a meeting about the... more
SPAIN-CATALONIA/
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4 Jul. 2017
Ballot boxes are pictured before a meeting about the... more
SPAIN-CATALONIA/
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4 Jul. 2017
Ballot boxes are stacked after a meeting about the... more
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