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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 ...

Canadian Schools Become Truly Inclusive with Gender-Neutral Policies

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) in Canada has extended its policy that says that a student should be able to enjoy a safe learning environment no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. Now, some students can opt to be known by gender-neutral pronouns, as opposed to the traditional “he” or “she”. “We are standing up for kids and making our schools safer and more inclusive,” said board member Mi ...

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Forced Marriage Law Comes into Effect

A law has now come into effect in England and Wales, which makes forcing people into marriage a criminal offence, and punishable with a prison sentence. Although courts have been able to issue forced marriage protection orders since 2008 - a civil order that prevents a person from having to marry against their will - it was thought that more could be done to prevent situations getting that far. The new law ...

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Struggling Pub Landlords to Get Governmental Help

According to British Beer and Pub Association statistics, there were almost 50,000 pubs in the UK in 2012, but this number has been falling steadily for the last two decades at least - in 1982 there were around 67,000 of the drinking establishments. More than half of public houses currently open are owned by large pub companies, or ‘pubcos’, with the landlords saying that they struggle to make a living beca ...

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Italy’s Mission to Save and Welcome Migrants

Last October, Italy launched a mission in which some of their ships travel the Mediterranean Sea, along the coasts of North African countries. The aim of this mission is for the crews aboard each ship to find and help people trying to make their own way to Italy, desperately fleeing their war-torn and perilous homelands in search of safety. The mission was launched after a boat carrying 366 people - men, wo ...

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Quelling the Myths of Gay Adoption

According to new government figures released for last year, the number of children being adopted by same-sex couples in the county of Nottinghamshire is well above the national average. On a national level, one in 15 children are adopted by a same-sex couple, and in Derbyshire it is only one in 20. But in Nottinghamshire it was one in 9, meaning that nearly 10% of all adoptions in the county were to a gay c ...

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Text-to-911: Modernising the US Emergency Services

It is perhaps globally known that if you require emergency services in America, you dial 9-1-1. It was first nationally introduced in the late 1960s, although not widely put to use until the 1980s. There hasn’t really been any adaption to the system that was put in place then, and with an ever-evolving technological era, maybe now is the time to bring communication with emergency services into modern times. ...

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Michael Sam: The First Openly Gay Player in the NFL

Although some sports personalities have made the decision to tell the world that they are gay, they tend to wait until after retiring before making the big reveal, with only a brave handful coming out during their career. But American-footballer Michael Sam decided he was going to try a different approach. In February this year, the defender announced that he was gay, only a couple of months before the 2014 ...

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Police Body-Camera Trials in London

As part of the largest trial of its kind in the world, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service are going to start wearing cameras attached to their uniform. It is hoped that not only will the cameras be used as a tool to collect evidence from an incident, but also help boost the conviction rate. Cameras will be given out to police officers in Camden, before having 500 cameras spread across nine other ...

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Fairer Police ‘Stop-and-Search’ Powers Proposed

In an attempt to make police stop-and-searches fair for everyone, and only used when absolutely necessary, Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed a revision of the current code of conduct. A consultation recently highlighted that stop-and-searches as being too widely used, and unfairly targeting ethnic minorities, with a black person thought to be stopped by a police officer around six times more often tha ...

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Violent Crime Rates Fall in England and Wales

According to a study conducted by a team at Cardiff University, violent crime has fallen dramatically in England and Wales over the past 13 years, and it might have something to do with fewer people binge drinking. Examining data collected from almost 120 A&Es, NHS walk-in centres and minor injury units from 2013, the study suggested a fall of 12% in violent incidents since the year before - or at least ...

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