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Italy warns tough response on Med migrant crisis

EU ministers are to discuss plans to tackle the growing crisis of Mediterranean migrants risking their lives to come to Europe, but Italy is warning of a strong response if no solution is found. European leaders widely acknowledge that solutions must be found to tackle the growing problem of...


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‘MPs should get free vote on extending EU referendum to 16 year-olds’

Campaigners have called on the Westminster political parties to allow MPs a free vote on allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. The government has announced that MPs will be able to vote on whether 16 and 17 year-olds should be given the vote...


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Journalists and activists banned from BP-sponsored ‘oil games’ in Azerbaijan

Media outlets – including the Guardian – and human rights organisations have been prevented from entering Azerbaijan to cover the European Games in Baku. The sporting event has already faced criticism over the country’s repressive policies on freedom of speech. Several European media outlets and human rights activists were...


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Pope Francis creates tribunal to judge sexual abuse cover-ups

The Pope announced on Wednesday the creation of a new church tribunal to judge bishops who don’t expose priests guilty of sexual abuse on children, a move considered revolutionary in the Vatican history. The measure has been long urged by the victims of sexual abuse and their families, given...


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Do whatever it takes to limit climate change, says global population

Some 63% of the global population think world leaders should ‘do whatever it takes’ to limit climate change and a further 26% want to see ambitious action, according to a new poll. Over 10,000 people in 79 countries were questioned about their views on climate change and the actions...


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E-Cigarette ban in public places pushed in Wales

Ministers in Wales are debating the use of e-cigarettes in public places, which they believe act as a ‘gateway’ for the normalisation of smoking. Many supermarkets, public houses and other public places in the UK have banned as part of their own policies the use of e-cigarettes on their...


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Zac Goldsmith announces intention to run for London mayor

Conservative MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has revealed he plans to enter the race to become the next Mayor of London. However, in a unique move he will give his constituents the final say on whether or not he will bid to become Boris Johnson’s successor. Speaking to...


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MPs to debate EU referendum for first time

Legislation paving the way for an EU referendum will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday for the first time by MPs. MPs will debate the issue amid increasing pressures from all sides of the house for the bill to include clauses that will enable an entitlement for 16 year-olds...


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Poll: over a quarter of Brits don’t believe climate change is a serious problem

A new survey has revealed that China’s population is most likely to support strong action on climate change, while the US and Britain are at the bottom of the list. The findings suggest that over a quarter of Brits think climate change is not a serious problem. The poll...


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BP criticised over ties with oppressive Azerbaijan government

Campaign group Platform London has attacked the oil firm in a new book, criticising the sponsorship of the 2015 European Games in Baku and the relationship the company has with the Azeri regime, responsible for jailing various journalists and activists. In the book named All that Glitters – Sport,...


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Nominations open for the Global Diversity List

Nominations are being invited for the Global Diversity List 2015. The aim of the list is to create the definitive global diversity standard that covers every aspect of diversity in every country. This year a list will be published online in October and aims to bring a “new rigour”...


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HSBC fined £27.8m over accusations of money laundering

Swiss authorities have fined HSBC a record 40 million Swiss francs (£27.8m) over allegations it allowed money to be laundered in its Swiss subsidiary. In a financial settlement that saw authorities in Geneva announce that it would close the investigation into money laundering, HSBC was ordered to pay the...


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MEPs reject 1.6 million signatures from European initiative Stop Vivisection

The European Commission has rejected the Stop Vivisection initiative, which had collected over a million signatures from all European countries to demand the end of animal testing in Europe. The initiative had the aim to question the role and utility of animal testing for human medicines and proposed a...


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Ban Ki-Moon calls on governments to invest in low-carbon industry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that civil society movements are vital to reaching fair and sustainable climate targets at the Paris conference in December. Ban Ki-Moon said that governments should invest wisely in low-carbon technology if world leaders are to work together to avoid the disastrous consequences...


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Sepp Blatter resigns amid corruption scandal

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has resigned amid a corruption scandal less than a week after he was re-elected by the football governing body. Announcing his resignation, the Swiss 79 year-old said that he clearly did not have the support of everybody in his bid to lead FIFA for a...



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