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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 ...

EU and Canada Agree Trade Deal

A multibillion-dollar free trade agreement has been made between the European Union and Canada in a bid to boost growth and employment by merging two of the world’s biggest economies. Britain can expect a £1.3 billion boost from the deal and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) have estimated that UK exports could increase by almost a third. European Commission President Josè Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Min ...

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Irish Prime Minister Says Bailout Will End in December

It’s November 2010, and the Republic of Ireland is seeking help as its economy plummets in a crash that leaves even the banks without enough money. Ireland appeals to the EU and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is issued with a ‘bailout’. Fast-forward three years and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny is promising his people that after December 15, they will no longer be indebted to the EU. Kenny, who is Ireland ...

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Britain Close to EDF Nuclear Nuclear Power Plant Deal

The UK government and Electricite de France SA, better known as EDF energy, are close to announcing a deal that would see the French power-giant build and operate the country’s first new nuclear power stations since 1995. Ed Davey, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said: “We’re extremely close for a deal with EDF, and if and when we get that deal I’ll announce it to parliament and I think I’ll be able ...

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Volunteers Help Maintain Monument During Shutdown

The disputes among the House, Senate, and President are reflecting terribly on America’s government.  Congress has an all-time low approval rating, which is impressive given just how low that approval rating has been the last several years, and President Obama is finding himself in the mid-30’s, making the popularity that he had long enjoyed seem like a thing of the distant past.  Even so, with $17 trillion ...

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UK Scouts to Welcome Atheists with New Pledge

For the first time in 106 years, atheists will be able to become a Scout without having to pledge to a God they don’t believe in. A 10-month consultation between the Scout movement and religious leaders led to the decision that a new version of the Scouts’ promise will be introduced for atheists, effective from January 1 next year. All Scouts and their leaders have to make The Scout Promise, and while diffe ...

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Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers Meet

Just three days after a pair of attacks by separatist rebels on Indian security forces in Kashmir, the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met at a hotel in New York during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.  It was the first such meeting between Manmohan Singh and newly elected Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif since Sharif’s election in May.  The meeting signalled new hope in relations between countries th ...

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Shanghai Launches Free-Trade Zone

In a brave attempt to overhaul their economy, China opened a free-trade zone in Shanghai on Sunday. The second-largest economy in the world announced last July that a free-trade zone would be developed in Shanghai, in the hope of giving their economy a boost. A free-trade zone is a specific area inside a country where businesses can import, export, and manufacture without the limits of a country’s usual rul ...

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Rio De Janeiro to Become World’s First Smart City

Rio de Janeiro is well on its way to becoming the world’s first smart city.  Back in 2010, Mayor Eduardo Paes opened an operations center that was intended to enable city employees to respond rapidly in the event of emergencies.  That operations center was just the first step in an effort to improve the city through the use of the latest technology. The operations center itself serves multiple purposes from ...

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Kaesong to Re-open

Throughout the last half century, the two Koreas have carried out what can at best be called a rocky relationship. Officially still at war, the two have gone in radically different directions.  South Korea has become one of globalization’s success stories, building an economy that barely existed prior to the war into the twelfth largest in the world. By contrast, North Korea has struggled with famine and ha ...

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Syria – Changes for a Better Future

Just a week ago, the situation in Syria looked dire. The international community agreed that chemical weapons had been used, but there was no consensus on whether the government or the rebels had used them. The Obama administration said that it had evidence that the weapons had been used by the government, going so far as to ask Congress to authorize the use of force. Legislation to that effect was moving f ...

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