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Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as battle nears end

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The UN and Red Cross have appealed for civilians to be protected, as fighting in Syria’s Aleppo nears its end. BBC News The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said people had “literally nowhere safe to run”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm “over… Aleppo battle: Calls to spare lives as… Read More »

China investments make UK think twice about South China Sea

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Britain’s two new aircraft carriers unlikely to launch “freedom of navigation” operations in disputed waters Asia Times Emanuele Scimia Despite what Britain’s Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch said at a recent Heritage Foundation forum, the UK currently has no plans to dispatch two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers it is currently building to… China investments make UK think twice about… Read More »

Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands Jammeh step down ‘now’

Gambia - Daily Nation

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow said on Monday longtime leader Yahya Jammeh should leave power immediately after the incumbent president announced he would challenge the election result despite previously accepting defeat. Daily Nation “I think he should step down now,” Barrow told AFP. “He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving.” Barrow is due to welcome a heavyweight group… Gambia president-elect Adama Barrow demands… Read More »

US advances on clean energy with first offshore wind farm

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Offshore wind farms are in development across the country, but the election of Donald Trump may weaken federal support and squelch an emerging industry The Guardian Katie Fehrenbacher Several miles off the coast of Rhode Island, a clean energy landmark quietly just… US advances on… Read More »

UNICEF: One child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen

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At least 462,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with 2.2m in need of urgent care, UNICEF says. Al Jazeera News More than 400,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with nearly 2.2 million in need of urgent care, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF. New figures indicate that hunger among children has reached an UNICEF: One child dies every… Read More »

Venezuela shuts Colombia border to fight currency smuggling

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Dec. 12 ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Colombia for 72 hours in a crackdown on what he said were “mafias” smuggling hard-to-find cash that was destabilizing the socialist economy. Hurriyet CARACAS, Venezuela – The Associated Press The move comes as Maduro is trying to get a… Venezuela shuts Colombia… Read More »

Glasgow JobCentre landlord offers to lower rent to stop closure

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The landlord of a JobCentre under threat of closure has offered to cut the rent if it helps to keep it open. The Scotsman Meetings have taken place between politicians and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) amid fears that closing eight of Glasgow’s 16… Glasgow JobCentre landlord… Read More »

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

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The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Brisbane Times Madeline Gleeson Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their… Asylum seekers will welcome… Read More »

Rex Tillerson named as Donald Trump’s secretary of state

Rex Tillerson - The Guardian

Senators from Republican and Democrat parties have raised concerns about ExxonMobil chief’s close ties to Vladimir Putin The Guardian Lauren Gambino Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, has been officially named as Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, the president-elect’s transition team has said. “His tenacity, broad experience and… Rex Tillerson named as… Read More »

SickKids urged to do more on Motherisk scandal

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Children’s Aid Societies say hospital must help more with aftermath of testing probe. The Star Rachel Mendleson Children’s Aid Societies are calling on the Hospital for Sick Children to “step up” and own the role it played in the Motherisk scandal that saw faulty drug and alcohol hair tests used in thousands of child protection cases. Mary Ballantyne, executive director of the Ontario Association of… SickKids urged to do more on… Read More »

Victorian police sold illegal drugs, corruption report finds

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Commission finds police used ice, cocaine and ecstasy, met with traffickers and joked about their own drug use The Guardian Victorian police sent each other joking texts about their drug use, while one was building a “sophisticated drug syndicate”, the state’s anti-corruption investigation has found. Police partying on ice, cocaine and… Victorian police sold illegal… Read More »

Children as young as five have unsupervised internet access

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ISPCC report shows grooming is a main concern for parents The Irish Times Rachel Flaherty The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (ISPCC) annual review showed young people often looked at violent, pornographic and age inappropriate material online. Grooming was found to be a particular concern as… Children as young as five have unsupervised… Read More »

Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In Court Matters More Than Violence Against Women

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A Muslim woman is on ‘trial by media’ for refusing to stand in court. New Matilda Michael Brull But the media’s attention should be focussed on the allegations of police violence against a woman, writes Michael Brull. Moutia Elzahed is a Muslim woman, who has… Whose Laws Are Archaic? When Standing In… Read More »

The changing face of business – and the part artificial intelligence has to play

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial… Paul Daugherty World Economic Forum Granted, there is a lot of hype out there on AI, along with doomsday headlines and scary… But the reality is that it will positively and materially change how we engage with the world around… The changing face… Read More »