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Indian election: voting underway in world’s largest democracy

The world’s largest democracy is taking to the polls today, as Indians begin voting in the first phase of a massive general election.  More than 814 million people are eligible to vote, with 20% receiving a ballot for the first time. The democratic exercise will take part in nine...


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Afghanistan: millions vote in first ever peaceful transition of power

People in war-torn Afghanistan took to polling stations on Saturday to vote for the country’s new president, paving the way for the first ever peaceful power transition in its history. Afghans have been subjected to interference from both the west and Soviet forces since the 1960s. It is estimated...


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New tourism report: hotel workers plagued by low wages and long hours

How does the all inclusive hotel model in the tourism sector affect the rights of employees? This is the underlying question that a report launched last month by campaign group Tourism Concern sought to assess and ultimately shed light on. The new research, supported by the International Federation of...


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SeaWorld accused of drugging orca whales after welfare concerns

Leaked documents have revealed that SeaWorld, the subject of fierce criticism over animal welfare in recent weeks, could be drugging the orca whales that perform at its marine parks across the country. The reports were made by the online site BuzzFeed, which said that it had seen documents that...


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Labour promises to repeal ‘gagging law’

The shadow leader of the House of Commons has pledged that Labour would repeal the controversial lobbying bill, which she says restricts freedom of speech in the UK. The lobbying bill was dubbed the “gagging law” by opponents when it was introduced last year. Critics claim that it will...


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We must divest from fossil fuels ‘as quickly as possible’, say health experts

Leading academics have called on healthcare companies and other institutions to ditch their investments in high-carbon energy sources, saying this is incompatible with protecting human health. The campaign has launched on the basis that dirty energy contributes to climate change, which is already affecting the wellbeing of millions of...


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Economic growth ‘not automatically’ linked with social progress

Economic growth does not always result in social progress, according to a new global study. The research ranks New Zealand as the most socially advanced country whilst the UK landed the 13th spot. The Social Progress Index from non-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative, ranks countries across three categories –...


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Wales proposes e-cigarette ban in public places

Wales has become the first place in the UK to consider a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, amid fears of normalising smoking. The proposals were put forward before the Welsh Assembly in a bill that would also see a minimum price on alcohol of...


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Eat seven a day, not five: scientists call for increased fruit and veg intake

Research from University College London (UCL) has suggested that eating seven or more portions of fruit and veg a day would reduce health risks by 42%. Scientists have therefore argued that the current five-a-day target encouraged by the government is too low. The study, published in the Journal of...


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Charity Bank eyes growth after £14.5m social investment from Big Society Capital

Social investment bank Big Society Capital has announced it will invest up to £14.5m of ordinary shares in the social purpose bank Charity Bank, helping the organisation expand its reach and achieve its long-term goals. The announcement represents Big Society Capital’s largest ever single investment. The investment will be...


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IPCC findings demand investment in a sustainable future, say investors

Leading sustainable investors have claimed the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are further evidence for investment in sustainable companies and industries. The IPCC’s second report of three in its Climate Change 2014 series warns how warmer temperate can put pressure on food prices, national security, health...


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Preston council urges residents to ‘make a difference’ by moving their money

Residents in the Lancashire city of Preston are being encouraged by their local council to join the alternative banking campaign Move Your Money. Preston city council says it believes that since the 2008 financial crash, people are being increasingly concerned about where their money is going and what is...


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Zuckerberg to use ‘drones, satellites and lasers’ to connect everyone to the web

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the firm plans to use unmanned drones, lasers and satellites to hook up the planet’s entire population to the internet. The drones and satellites will aid the Internet.org initiative, set up by a number of internet-based organisations including Facebook, Ericsson, Samsung and...


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Ecology says record figures prove ‘commercial viability’ of sustainable finance

Ecology Building Society has announced record-breaking success in its latest annual report – figures that its chief executive says “prove the commercial viability of genuinely sustainable finance”. Ecology, one of the youngest building societies still in existence, unveiled record assets, gross and net lending and savings balances for the...


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Researchers call for further smoke-free legislation

The introduction of more smoke-free legislation could bring substantial reductions in premature births and hospital attendance for asthma, a study has found. Researchers say that they support further regulation in the area, which could potentially impact on investors with money in the sector. The study, published in The Lancet,...


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