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Middle East in crisis: Obama sanctions Iraq airstrikes as Gaza violence resumes

The Middle East is again engulfed in conflict as US president Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against Iraqi militants and the ceasefire in Gaza has ended.  Obama has authorised targeted strikes on Islamic State (IS) fighters to protect threatened religious minorities and US interests. The announcement comes as thousands...


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Critics warn pension shake up could lead to £3.86bn tax trap for pensioners

New research has found that forthcoming pension freedoms could come with tax implications that mean savers have to pay a lot more than expected. In what is being called a potential “mis-selling scandal”, experts are worried pensioners could enter the higher tax bracket if they take out their money...


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Lego’s first female scientist figurines sell out in days

A new set of all female scientists, launched by Lego after customers complained its toys adhered to derogatory gender stereotypes, has sold out in a matter of days. The toys, which include a female astronomer, chemist and paleontologist, were launched after 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin sent a letter to the...


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Marine pioneer Lewis Pugh to swim seven seas

Self-confessed ocean advocate and swimmer Lewis Pugh will take on his most ambitious challenge yet this August. The Arctic explorer will swim in seven of the world’s ancient seas to raise awareness of the desperate need for action to protect marine life. Pugh is taking on the challenge to...


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Samsung to continue using ‘child labour’ supplier

Tech giant Samsung Electronics has said it will reduce dealings with parts supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics by 30%, after evidence was discovered that the firm has used child labour. China-based Dongguan Shinyang came under fire in July, when campaign group China Labor Watch (CLW) found at least five child...


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£8bn arms sales to Israel under review by UK government

In light of the recent aggressive military campaign by Israel into Palestine, Downing Street is reviewing £8 billion arms contracts to Israel to ensure compliance with international regulations. As announced on Monday, the government will investigate exports by British companies, whose licences were approved by the government, to ensure...


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Call to stop London Zoo evening events amid worries over animal distress

More than 67,000 people have signed a petition to stop controversial ‘Zoo Lates’ events being held at London Zoo. Concerns have been raised over the welfare of animals at the late night parties, after an investigation by the Guardian revealed drunken visitors threw beer over a tiger. Sources at...


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McDonald’s admits Chinese expired meat scandal is denting sales

Leading fast food chain McDonald’s has admitted that a scandal involving its supply chain in China has had a “significant negative impact” on its sales. In July, McDonald’s was forced to take many products off its shelves across China, after police launched an investigation into allegations that expired meat...


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Portland City Council to create socially responsible investment committee

Portland City Council is expected to create a permanent socially responsible investment committee on Wednesday. The council says it is determined to seek out investments that are in line with its policies and the values of taxpayers. The move would see Portland lead the way in ethical investment for...


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GPs giving out more antibiotics despite warnings over dependency

A study has found there has been a rise in the use of antibiotics for common illnesses and viruses in the UK. Researchers from Public Health England (PHE) found that GPs prescribed almost 40% more antibiotics for coughs and colds in 2011 than in 1999, despite continued warnings over...


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Increase in forest disturbances linked to climate change – study

Forest disturbances, such as wildfires, strong winds and bark beetles, are becoming more damaging because of climate change. Researchers have found these disturbances have increased in Europe’s forests over the last 40 years and that rise is expected to continue. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change,...


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Green ‘energy duck’ to bring clean, solar energy to Copenhagen

A team of British designers has come up with a bizarre green energy solution, submitted to the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition, in the form of a giant duck. The energy duck is an entry to the Copenhagen competition, which aims to make renewable and zero carbon...


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Soros Fund Management divests from Israel-based SodaStream as Gaza conflict continues

The fund management firm of billionaire and philanthropist George Soros has divested from the Israeli-based SodaStream, as pressure mounts on investors to avoid companies at all involved in the occupation of Gaza. SodaStream, headquartered in the city of Lod, has been targeted by campaigners for its decision to base...


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Warming of Atlantic Ocean has dramatically increased Pacific winds – study

The rapid warming of the world’s oceans, caused by climate change, is increasing record-breaking levels of Pacific Equatorial trade winds, new research has found. Scientists from University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Hawaii have shed some light on the forces at work behind Pacific trade...


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Sustainable September: full-day conference moves to Royal Geographical Society

Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September full-day sustainability conference has changed venues, moving to the Royal Geographical Society. The event, which will run from 8am to 6pm on September 30, was originally due to be held at Central Hall Westminster. The change of venue will instead see the conference take...


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