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China and US Agree Truce on Cybercrime

China and US Agree Truce on Cybercrime

Tensions have been growing in recent years when it comes to US-China relations. It is thought to be a sign of wider struggles to do with what constitutes proper and acceptable beha ...

Pope Francis Announces Marriage Reforms

Pope Francis Announces Marriage Reforms

Last week, the Pope made one of the Catholic Church's most significant announcements of the last three hundred years - they are making reforms to their marriage annulment legislati ...

Billionaire Offers to Buy Island for Refugees

Billionaire Offers to Buy Island for Refugees

There is always some crisis or another going on in the world that we want to raise money for or donate to. Often, celebrities and the world's rich folk get involved too, but "civil ...

Iran and World Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

Iran and World Powers Reach Nuclear Deal

After almost a decade of negotiations, world powers have finally reached a deal with Iran concerning its nuclear activity. The negotiations, starting way back in 2006, involve Iran ...

Legal Protection for Apprenticeships!

Legal Protection for Apprenticeships!

Apprenticeships are a way of coaching people in a trade or profession with on-the-job training, combined with work in the classroom. But where apprenticeships differ from other cou ...

Could Sleep Training Rid the World of Prejudice?

Could Sleep Training Rid the World of Prejudice?

When we sleep, our brains process what we have learnt throughout the day. So, is it possible for us to relearn deeply-ingrained prejudices - no matter how big or small - while we a ...

Violence Against Children at Lowest in Annual Survey

Violence Against Children at Lowest in Annual Survey

That's right folks - it's that time again when we learn the results of Cardiff University's annual violence report for England and Wales. For the seventh consecutive year, the figu ...

Police Stop-and-Search Changes

A new government code of conduct has been introduced which will see more than half of all police forces in England and Wales changing the way they handle stop-and-searches on members of the public, spreading to all 43 forces by November this year. The changes were proposed earlier this year by Home Secretary Theresa May, who said that stop-and-search was being abused by police officers to the point that it ...

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Duke the Dog Elected as Town Mayor

The title of this article is in no way misleading - a small town called Cormorant in Minnesota, in the US, has indeed elected a dog as its mayor, and in a landslide vote no less. Well, landslide by this town’s standards anyway, with seven-year-old Duke receiving at least nine votes in his favour. Cormorant is home to only twelve people who, over a period of five weeks, could pay one dollar to vote for whoev ...

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After 55 Years of Waiting, Civil Rights Activist Finally Graduates

More than half a century ago, Alva Earley was fighting the fight for equality, and because he decided to take a stand against segregation, he was denied his high-school graduation and diploma. But now, with a little help from his friends, he has finally been given what he should have gotten all that time ago. In 1959, Alva was a teenager, a senior in high school looking forward to graduating Galesburg High ...

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Garden Cities Construction to Curb Housing Shortage

In a bid to combat the housing shortage in England, it was confirmed in April that three new “garden cities” were going to be built by 2020. Garden cities are new towns built specifically to incorporate a large number of new homes with as much open and green space as possible. The idea is that a garden city is self-sufficient, providing jobs for residents, with proportionate residential, industrial and agri ...

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UK Progression Towards Three-Person IVF

In a controversial step forward, a technique to create babies from the sperm and eggs of three people - which could lead to the prevention of some of the major childhood diseases - has progressed in the UK. According to the Department of Health, the three-person IVF (invitro fertilisation), developed by a team at Newcastle University, has been broadly supported by the public with 2,000-odd responses receive ...

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Free Guidance Given in Pension Reforms: “It’s Not My Money, It’s Your Money”

Recent plans to revolutionise pensions have been revised, with the government saying that savers will be able to receive free, independent and impartial advice when given unrestricted access to their pensions from April 2015, meaning they will be able to use their own pension in the manner they see fit. At the moment, when a person retires they have to decide whether they wish to take out up to 25% of their ...

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Future Increased Investment for Cyclists on the Road?

Ask any driver what their biggest peeve about being on the road is and many will simply say, “cyclists.” Similarly, cyclists complain of aggressive driving from those in cars, speed limits not being enforced properly and junctions that haven’t been brought up-to-date with modern times. In fact, those who alternate between cycling and driving who were asked which they dislike the most: cyclists when driving ...

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Church of England Votes in Women Bishops

After a historic and overwhelming vote, women will be able to become Church of England Bishops for the very first time, breaking the almost 2,000-year-old tradition in Christianity of only men permitted to take the role. Women were first allowed to become priests in 1992 - more than twenty years ago - and now around 20% of all Church of England priests are female. But in 2012, a vote to allow women to becom ...

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ASU’s Extra Credit for Defying Society’s Body Hair Norms

Have you ever thought about challenging society’s views of body hair - as a female by not removing leg or underarm hair, or as a male, by shaving it all off? Perhaps you have your own set of ideals in which you believe a woman’s skin should not be “marred” by hair, or that a man should leave his own body hair well alone, and that nobody should contest these societal laws. A professor of women and gender stu ...

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MLK Jr and Wife Awarded Congressional Gold Medal for Second Time

The US is celebrating 50 years of  The Civil Rights Act on July 2 this year, with leaders of Congress commemorating the event by giving the Congressional Gold Medal to the late Martin Luther King Jr and his wife Coretta for the second time. The Civil Rights Act was a landmark piece of legislation in the US, coming into effect in 1964 and making discrimination against someone because of their gender, race, c ...

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