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June 09, 2017

Britain has the highest drug deaths in Europe

An official report by the European drugs agency has revealed that almost one in three drug overdose deaths in the continent are recorded in the UK.The annual report published by the European...

Huge increase in Russia's 'censorship' of Twitter content

Twitter has released its latest transparency report which shows that the number of the Kremlin's requests to take down content grew more than 25-fold in the second half of 2015, compared to reports from previous periods.According to Twitter, ...

UK government's indefinite detention of 'vulnerable' asylum seekers slammed

Indefinite detention of asylum seekers is expensive, ineffective and unacceptable, campaign groups have said following the publication of a damning report into the welfare of vulnerable persons held by the Home Office.Former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw ...

Black music made the white ‘greats’ like David Bowie

Media commentators list Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and now, following his death, aged 69, David Bowie as the “greats” of contemporary Western music.But they do so without so much as a nod in the direction of the Black artists w ...

Loneliness 'is really bad for your health'

Feeling isolated can be excruciating, lead to mental health problems and be a cause of premature death. While loneliness can affect anyone at any point in life, it is particularly common among the rapidly increasing population of old people. When you ...

'Donate your unwanted fur and save an animal's life'

Animal rights organisation PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has campaigned over three decades behind the slogan "animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Thei ...

Shocking claim: Black contribution to WW2 'not that relevant'

Britain's top media commentator Roy Greenslade attracted a big mailbag of comments on his Guardian blog post about a documentary film that at long last recognises the unsung Caribbean heroes of the Second World War.There were a huge 4670 shares of the ...

Maasai and big game, my safari of a lifetime

It was an intrepid flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara game reserve because our 13-seater single engine Cessna light aircraft tilted sharply to the left to avoid a big bird as we came in to land. I found this out while chatting with the charming, talkative ...

Exploited child labourers face injury and death in Philippines

Child labour abuse is worsening in the Philippines. In 2011, the Philippine National Statistics Office reported that there were 5.5 million working children in the country, 2.9 million of whom were working in hazardous industries such as mining and planta ...

UN report condemns US over police brutality and torture

A United Nations (UN) report has condemned the United States for violating the terms of an international anti-torture treaty. The panel took Washington to task for police brutality, military interrogations, and capital punishment protocols.“The Comm ...

China's last survivors of cruel foot-binding practice

The painful practice of binding young girls' feet seems like an ancient tradition. But photographer Jo Farrell has tracked down the last living survivors in the remote areas of China.In rural China, where the neon lights of the country’s big cit ...

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