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  • 8 Sep 2014

    Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, says Human Rights Watch

  • 8 Sep 2014

    Amnesty International has accused Russia of fuelling separatist crimes as it revealed satellite images indicating a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine.

  • 8 Sep 2014

    A verdict is expected today in the appeal by a British student against his conviction in Sharjah, UAE, which was based on a ‘confession’ extracted from him through torture.

  • 8 Sep 2014

    There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.

  • 7 Sep 2014

    Whatever the result announced on the morning of 19 September, the constituent countries of the United Kingdom will never be the same again. The poll published yesterday (6 September), which
    for the first time, placed the Yes campaign in the lead, produced a flurry of activity and comment on both sides of the debate. Those coming from Better Together' revealed an unedifying sense of panic.

  • 7 Sep 2014

    According to a poll commissioned by the TUC to mark the start of Congress 2014, half the workforce think their employer can afford to offer better pay rises.

  • 6 Sep 2014

    The Conservative-led UK government was defeated in the House of Commons yesterday (5 September) after their Coalition partners broke ranks over the controversial bedroom tax. Several Liberal Democrats joined forces with Labour MPs on an Affordable Home Bill.

  • 6 Sep 2014

    A parasite lives off its host, taking what it needs, contributing little or nothing, and often causing harm. It could be said that the private health care industry is a now a parasite on the NHS.

  • 5 Sep 2014

    A diamond mine has opened in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the lands of Africa’s last hunting Bushmen, despite the Botswana government's denials of such a plan.

  • 5 Sep 2014

    The shift in employment from higher to lower paying industries, and rising levels of under-employment have helped push earnings growth to a record low, says the TUC.

  • 4 Sep 2014

    Women are crucial partners in peacebuilding and must be guaranteed the safe political space, including a seat at the 'negotiating table', say United Nations officials.

  • 4 Sep 2014

    As world leaders gather at the NATO Summit in Celtic Manor Newport, peace protestors will be marching from Newport to the Celtic Manor to hand in peace messages to the Summit.

  • 4 Sep 2014

    A new report published yesterday (3 September), commissioned by the TUC from London Metropolitan University, exposes the impact of the government’s austerity measures on LGBT services.

  • 4 Sep 2014

    The recent upsurge in violence in Iraq has led to a major new humanitarian crisis with more than 1.45 million people forced to flee their homes since the start of the year, says Christian Aid.

  • 3 Sep 2014

    Misrepresentation by government departments is an abuse of community, says Jill Segger. She suggests that the behaviour of the DWP not only contravenes the Cabinet Office guidance on goverment communications, but violates the commandment against bearing false witness.