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Western lifestyles pose risk to migrants' health, says WHO report

Study finds new arrivals face increased risk of developing illnesses such as heart diseaseWestern culture and society pose more health risks to migrants and refugees than they do to host nations, according to a World Health Organization study.The first report on refugee and migrant health in the west by WHO Europe suggests new arrivals are at risk of falling ill while in transit to another country, but face further dangers when they arrive in a host nation because of unhealthy living conditions,...
Tags: Health, Europe, Society, World news, Migration, Refugees, World Health Organization

World’s oldest man dies in Japan aged 113

Masazo Nonaka, who enjoyed watching sumo wrestling and eating sweets, died at home on HokkaidoThe world’s oldest man has died at his home, a hot springs on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, at the age of 113.His family said Masazo Nonaka died peacefully from natural causes in the early hours of Sunday while sleeping in the inn in Ashoro, which has been run by his family for four generations. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Older people, Masazo Nonaka, Ashoro

Senior WHO official accused of using Ebola cash to pay for girlfriend's flight

World Health Organization launches inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexismClaims that a senior employee at the World Health Organization misused Ebola funds to fly his girlfriend to west Africa are among a tide of allegations under investigation by the agency.An internal inquiry has been launched by the WHO following a series of anonymous whistleblower emails that alleged widespread racism, sexism and misspending. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Who, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sexual Harassment, Global Health

Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Hospital’s decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in IrelandA hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Ireland’s recent introduction of abortion services.The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not “fall neatly” into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Women, Society, World news, Ireland, Abortion, Dublin, Reproductive rights (developing countries

Mother of alleged Isis killer loses legal fight against Home Office

Judges rule decision to share evidence with US without death penalty assurances not unlawfulThe mother of an alleged hostage killer for Islamic State has lost her legal challenge against a Home Office decision to share evidence with the US without seeking assurances that her son and another suspected jihadist terrorist would not face the death penalty.El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are accused of belonging to a group of Isis members, nicknamed the Beatles because of their British accents,...
Tags: Isis, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, US, UK News, World news, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Alexanda Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh

Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?

Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the world’s euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequencesBy Christopher de BellaigueLast year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed. “They were drinking and guffawing and cry...
Tags: Europe, Law, Life and style, Society, World news, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Death and dying, Belgium, Assisted dying, Keizer, Christopher de BellaigueLast, Bert Keizer

Oxfam failed to address sexual misconduct and bullying, finds review

Independent commission says charity lacked robust safeguarding policies and was inconsistent in dealing with complaintsA damning interim review has highlighted Oxfam’s failure to tackle an environment at the charity that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked.The , produced by an independent commission, warned that no uniform system exists for dealing with complaints and said there are “drastic inconsistencies” in the way safeguarding issues are handled across the 90-plus countr...
Tags: Society, UK News, World news, Charities, Global development, Oxfam, Oxfam International

SAS member helped secure Nairobi hotel complex

Soldier, who was reportedly in Kenya to train special forces, took part in operation against attackersA member of the SAS helped secure a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi after 14 people, including a Briton, were killed in a militant attack.Another Briton was wounded as gunmen stormed the dusitD2 complex in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital on Tuesday afternoon, setting off explosions and shooting people. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, UK News, World news, Military, Kenya, Sas, Nairobi, Westlands

U.S. military says American troops killed in Syria blast claimed by IS

By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT — The U.S. military says a number of service members were killed Wednesday in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria — the first instance of U.S. casualties since President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the country last month. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated hi...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Defense, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Turkey, Syria, Britain, Soccer, Military, Terrorism, Donald Trump, Beirut, Trump, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Sexual abuse of boys often overlooked by state laws, global study warns

Stronger support urged for young men affected by abuse as researchers find existing measures tailored towards girls Sexual abuse of boys is “barely addressed” by the laws in many countries, according to a global study that warns of a lack of support for young male survivors.The study, which examined child rape laws in 40 countries, found that just under half of jurisdictions lacked legal protections for boys. In many cases, laws were specific to girls and did not recognise boys as victims. Conti...
Tags: Gender, Law, World news, Global development, Sexual Violence

This won’t hurt: the Syrian medics helped back to work by UK startups | Ammar Kalia

All too often, Britain fails to use the valuable professional skills that refugees bring to the country. But social enterprises are now enabling newcomers to make the most of their talentsHussam Allahham knows how to save a life on the operating table. He has done it many times in his home city of Damascus. He can fix broken limbs, amputate, remove tumours and replace organs. As a general surgeon he has had plenty of practice with a scalpel and stitches, both in Syria and while in a refugee camp...
Tags: UK, Money, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Work & careers, Britain, Charities, Voluntary sector, Migration, Italy, Refugees, Damascus, Guardian Careers

McDonald's loses Big Mac trademark after legal battle with Irish chain

Supermac strips US food giant of trademark across Europe after landmark EU rulingPat McDonagh earned the nickname Supermac as an Irish teenager after a barnstorming performance in a Gaelic football match in the late 1960s.The centre half-back guided his school, Carmelite college of Moate, County Westmeath, to victory over St Gerald’s, a more fancied team. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Europe, Business, Law, Restaurants, US, Eu, European Union, World news, Retail industry, Ireland, Food & drink industry, Fast Food, Mcdonald's, Big Mac, Intellectual Property

A London DJ's punishment sheds light on Singapore's caning shame | Kirsten Han

It’s a fearful time for Ye Ming Yuen. But Singapore sees foreign lobbying to end corporal punishment as a threat to sovereigntyAny day now, 29-year-old Ye Ming Yuen could be escorted out of his cell at Singapore’s Changi prison and whipped 24 times with a rattan cane. This comes on top of the 20-year sentence he’s already serving after being convicted of seven drug offences in a country that takes pride in its uncompromising approach when it comes to law-breaking. Related: Why the Singapore mo...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Law, Singapore, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Changi, Kirsten Han, Ye Ming Yuen

Ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo acquitted at ICC

Judge orders release of Gbagbo, who had been charged with crimes against humanityLaurent Gbagbo, the former president of the Ivory Coast, has been acquitted of crimes against humanity charges by judges at the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague.In a stunning blow to prosecutors, the presiding judge, Cuno Tarfusser, said they had failed to prove their case and that 73-year-old Gbagbo and his co-defendant, Charles Blé Goudé, a close ally and former political youth leader, should be fre...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Ivory Coast, Icc, The Hague, Gbagbo, Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Ble Goude, Cuno Tarfusser, humanityLaurent Gbagbo

Popular Liberal Polish Mayor Dies After Being Stabbed In The Heart Onstage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday after he was stabbed during a charity event the evening before by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against a political party the politician once belonged to. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, died as a result of wounds to the heart and abdomen in spite of efforts to save him that involved a five-hour operation and blood transfusions, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said. “The fight for...
Tags: London, News, Justice, Law, World news, Poland, European Parliament, Kaczynski, Warsaw Poland, Stefan, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Gdansk, Lódz, Lech Walesa, Pawel Adamowicz, Summer Concepcion

Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice

After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of changeChhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal.But two months ago Bhandari, a 26-year-old mother of four, watched as her husband destroyed the tiny hut in which she had previously been sent to live once a month. The family had been told by local authorities tha...
Tags: Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Menstruation, Bhandari, Dilu Bhandari

Has the Brexit vote saved London tenants £1,800 pa in rent?

Rent rises 3% lower than forecast partly due to fewer EU migrants and price-out Londoners moving out, says Zoopla Tenants in London have saved as much as £1,800 in rent as a result of the Brexit referendum in 2016, according to an analysis of more than 100,000 rental properties listed on the Zoopla property website.Rent price growth in London is almost 3% lower than the projected rate of growth since the EU referendum announcement, leaving tenants with more money at the end of the month. Continu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Money, Housing, Eu, European Union, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Property, Renting Property, Article 50, Brexit

Kings of cocaine: how the Albanian mafia seized control of the UK drugs trade

‘They’re sophisticated, clever – and they always deliver’: from the ports of Europe to the streets of London, one criminal network is now at the top of the UK’s £5bn tradeSomething had kicked off the night before and the guys on the corner were keen to offer advice. “You don’t want to be hanging around here too long,” one said, refusing to elaborate. They were standing near Crispe house, a tower block on east London’s Gascoigne estate, undisputed territory of Hellbanianz.The gang, an Albanian st...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Crime, Drugs, Thames, Society, UK News, World news, Drugs trade, Albania, Crispe, Gascoigne

'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib

Safe birth of baby born to Ebola survivor hailed as a medical miracle

Daughter of Congolese woman treated for Ebola in December becomes only second healthy child born in such circumstances The daughter of a pregnant woman who was cured of Ebola has survived and tested negative for the virus, in a case that has been described as a medical miracle.Sylvana, born on 6 January and weighing 3.7kg, is the second baby in the world known to have survived after being born to a woman who had Ebola. It is the first case in which both mother and baby have survived. Continue re...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Society, World news, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maternal health, Global Health

Bahrain arbitrarily detained activist's family, UN body rules

Trio are related to UK-based Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has protested against kingdomBahrain has been found guilty by a UN body of arbitrarily detaining three relatives of a British-based human rights activist as a reprisal for his protest in London against the visit of the country’s king in 2017.In a judgment published on Thursday, the UN called for all three to be released from detention and suggested evidence showed they had been victims of torture and false confessions. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Human Rights, Protest, Law, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Nations, Un, Bahrain, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei

Mexico investigates battle between drug gangs that left at least 20 dead

The bodies, some burned, found in the northern border town of Tamaulipas that’s convulsed by fighting to control drug traffickingMexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town near where Donald Trump will visit on Thursday to win support for his plan to build a wall.President Andres Manuel López Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a “battle between two g...
Tags: Drugs, Mexico, Americas, Society, World news, Donald Trump, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Tamaulipas

Mexico: 21 bodies found in apparent clash between drug gangs

The bodies, some burned, found in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, a major conduit for drug shipmentsTwenty-one bodies, some burned, have been found in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas in what appears to have been a clash between drug gangs.The bodies were found near the remains of seven burned-out vehicles near the border town of Miguel Alemán. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Mexico, Americas, Society, World news, Tamaulipas, Miguel Alemán Continue

Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy

Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless shed to which was banished in the latest tragedy linked to the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby women in Nepal are forced to sleep in “period huts”.Police said Amba Bohara, 35, had spent four days in the cowshed with her sons Ramit, nine, and Suresh, 12, when her father-in-law discovered their bo...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Menstruation, Suresh, Amba Bohara

UK councils invest £566m in arms firms implicated in Saudi's Yemen campaign

Exclusive: workers’ pensions invested in five firms linked to conflict which has killed thousands of civilians More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly invested by local councils in arms companies implicated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict in which thousands of civilians have been killed.Council pension funds have sizeable shareholdings in BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman, according to nearly 1...
Tags: Politics, UK, Saudi Arabia, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Local Government, Airbus, Freedom Of Information, Yemen, Bae Systems, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems Airbus Lockheed Martin Raytheon

'Bricks don't usually roll': the Welsh town vying for world's steepest street

Harlech residents are confident they can take record from Dunedin in New Zealand Residents of a Welsh coastal town are confident they can strip a city on the other side of the globe of the fiercely contested title of being home to the steepest street in the world.Helped by a small army of citizens, Myrddyn Phillips spent a tiring day trekking up and down Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, north-west Wales, to try to prove it was steeper than Baldwin Street in Dunedin. Continue reading...
Tags: Wales, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Guinness World Records, Dunedin, Harlech, Baldwin Street, Ffordd Pen Llech, Myrddyn Phillips, Harlech north west Wales

Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers suggest over-65s may lack skills to determine veracity of online newsOlder people are almost four times more likely to have shared fake news on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded sharing such false content was “...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Society, World news, US news, Young People, Older people, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook

'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar

'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar

'I saw things I'd never imagined': Caracas street children – in pictures

Drugs, violence and harassment are part of daily life for the growing population of homeless children in VenezuelaAll photographs: Miguel Gutiérrez/EPA Continue reading...
Tags: Children, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Venezuela, Epa, Caracas, Miguel Gutierrez

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