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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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2015 General Election: ‘most disproportionate in UK history’

The British voting system has been blasted by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), who have declared the 2015 election as the “most disproportionate in UK history” and called upon the government to act before more people are driven away from politics. The ERS analysed how the make-up of the...


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Smoking ban reduces child respiratory cases by 11,000

The smoking ban in public places has reduced the number of child respiratory cases in the health system by 11,000 a year according to researchers, saving £17m a year. Banning smoking in public places has contributed to the reduction of the number of child respiratory problems such as chest...


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FBI arrests Fifa officials over “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted corruption”

US prosecutors have accused nine senior Fifa officials of running a $150 million fraud through a “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption network to “acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks”. US attorney general Loretta Lynch explained that those arrested, who include former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and five...


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Energy industry calls for new climate targets

Leaders within the energy industry have said that uncertainty in energy policy has hampered low-carbon growth, calling for clear long-term targets to avoid dangerous climate change. Energy leaders have said that climate change must be a long-term factor in energy policy ahead of a conference of world leaders in...


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Queen’s Speech: ‘worrying omission’ of climate change action

The Queen will formally open the next Parliamentary year at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, setting out the Conservative government’s agenda for the next 12 months. But there are concerns that the speech will do little to mitigate the effects of climate change or invest for the future....


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Ofgem to investigate prepayment meters

Prepayment meters are to be investigated by the energy watchdog Ofgem after a freedom of information request found half a million were ‘forcibly’ installed in homes across the UK in the last six years. Prepayment meters help some people to manage a budget, according to the industry body Energy...


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Deadly heatwave in India kills more than 500 people

Some parts of the country are hitting 45C, leaving many people in the most isolated areas dead by heatstroke and extreme dehydration. Authorities say the heatwave might last for another 48 hours. Areas hit by the high temperatures include Delhi, Palam, Uttar Pradesh and southern states of Andhra Pradesh...


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17 more women needed as FTSE 100 directors to hit the 25% target

With head of retail banking at Lloyds Alison Brittain becoming chief executive of Costa Coffee and Whitbread, the UK is on track to meet the 25% target of female board directors set by the government by the end of the year. Alison Brittain – who has had a long...


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Last day to vote for the Observer Ethical Awards

Today is the last chance to have your say on Britain’s most ethical companies and individuals for 2015 and win prizes. The Observer Ethical Awards wants to celebrate those fighting for environmental and social justice in the UK and elsewhere. Categories include campaigner of the year – with Naomi...


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Ireland says yes to same-sex marriage

Citizens in Ireland, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993, approved gay marriage with over 61% of yes votes. The country’s equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain said he is “proud to be Irish”. The turnout was higher than 60%, with many expats going back home to vote on the issue. It...


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Sustainability jobs are career change of choice and pay well – survey finds

According to a new survey, 90% of those switching to a career in environmental or sustainability sectors is ‘very satisfied’ with the choice , but there is a need for more specialised professional figures as we move towards a more sustainable economy. The analysis by the Institute of Environmental...



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