Good news stories you might have missed this week

by Thomson Reuters Foundation | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 17 April 2020 14:01 GMT

Gert McMullin sews face masks in San Leandro, United States, April 3, 2020. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Handout by Mike Smith, AIDS Memorial

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Positive stories from around the world that you might have missed this week

From British pubs finding new ways to serve locals to volunteers making masks for homeless people, here are five good news stories you might have missed this week:

Volunteers turn gigantic AIDS Memorial Quilt fabric into coronavirus masks

An army of volunteers in California is using extra fabric from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to make face masks for U.S. homeless people and frontline workers during the new coronavirus crisis.

"Sewing is how I chose to memorialise my friends I've lost to AIDS," said Gert McMullin, who has been sewing as a volunteer since the giant tapestry was conceived by a gay rights activist in 1987.

Chairs are stored on the bar of the New Moon public house in Leadenhall Market, London, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

Last orders? How Britain's community pubs are fighting to survive the coronavirus crisis

With makeshift shops and takeaways, community-owned pubs find new ways to serve locals during COVID-19.

"We have had really heart-warming responses from the community, saying how pleased they are to have such a supportive pub team," said Mike Hobbs, chairman of the community group that owns the pub just outside the southern city of Oxford, referring to the army of volunteers delivering food to those in need.

Chile charts path to greener, fairer future after coronavirus

Chile is now the second South American country after Suriname - and the seventh in the world - to publish an updated national climate action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming. As Chile fights COVID-19 against a backdrop of unresolved social tensions, the plan is to not only tackle climate change but also protect the rights and living standards of vulnerable groups.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A view of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad, Pakistan April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Pakistani child bride wrongly jailed for murder of her husband is now free and fighting for compensation

Rani Bibi was married off as a child and wrongly imprisoned for nearly 20 years over the murder of her husband.  Sentenced to life in prison in 2001 at only 13 years old, and following a series of errors that left her locked up, Bibi is now free and fighting for compensation in a test case for thousands of other false convictions.

Junior Peters chants in front of the covered statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis, who issued a bounty on the heads of indigenous people, during a protest in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Donovan

Canada earmarks aid for indigenous communities to prepare for coronavirus

Canada will spend $130 million ($94 million US) to help its remote northern territories prepare for the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, earmarking funds for indigenous people highly vulnerable to a public health crisis.