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My Life As A Midwife On A Rescue Ship During The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Alice Gautreau | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK
Alice Gautreau

Alice Gautreau is a midwife working with Medecins Sans Frontieres. In this exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK, Alice talks about her life-saving work on board the Aquarius refugee rescue vessel in the Mediterranean, and the incredible story of helping a woman give birth on board the ship.

Why Mexico Is Proof Anti-Abortion Laws Don't Work

Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Araceli Lopez Nava Vázquez

Since January, following President Trump's reintroduction of the Mexico City Policy (an Executive order that withholds American aid from health organisations that provide or even discuss abortion), that hostility has spiked, with abusive tweets filling our social media feeds. This vitriol directed at Mexican women is infuriating on so many levels and inaccurate on at least three. But while the temptation is either to howl in rage or dismiss it as 'just another tweet', these digital outbursts are symptomatic of the misinformation that persists around abortion and the stigmatisation of women who choose to end a pregnancy.

Helping The BVI In Times Of Need

Giles Cadman | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Giles Cadman

The British Virgin Islands have been absolutely devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Almost all houses have been destroyed, there is no food, no water and no electricity. Right now, it's crucial that people, especially children, stuck in the BVI get off the islands for the sake of health, safety, and security. Sadly, the location is currently unlivable... My severe disappointment in the UK Government's response to this disaster was only overcome by the extreme altruism and genuine concern for human life and dignity that I've witnessed from all those who care about the BVI and the people in it.

Women And Dementia: The Overlooked Majority

Amy Little | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Amy Little

International civil society also has a role to play in addressing the stigma and in delivering change for people living with dementia. We need as many voices as possible to spread the word that dementia is not a normal part of ageing, and not a curse, but one of the most prevalent and under-supported medical conditions the world over. This World Alzheimer's Day - and beyond it - unite with us in recognising dementia as a global women's health, social care and rights issue that can no longer be ignored.

I Went To Antarctica And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Dawn Kelly | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Dawn Kelly

Antarctica is many things: beautiful, harsh, serene, humbling, other-worldly and ferocious to name a few. It's also the golden ticket for wildlife enthusiasts and climate change scientists around the world with tourists understandably wanting some of the action. I was lucky enough to film a documentary there this year and despite it being the best place I've ever visited, I desperately don't want you to go.

Millions Of Refugee Children Are Out Of School And At Risk Of Being Left Behind

Filippo Grandi | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Filippo Grandi

The world's growing refugee crisis is not only about numbers. It is also about time. There are 17.2million refugees under UNHCR's mandate, and half of them are under the age of 18. By the end of 2016, some 11.6million refugees were in a state of "protracted displacement" - meaning that they were in situations where at least 25,000 people have been forcibly displaced for more than five years. For 4.1million refugees, exile has lasted for 20 years or more.

Introducing HuffPost's First Documentary, On Why You Need To Care About Antarctica

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

I went to Antarctica to film a documentary about climate change for HuffPost. Sounds simple, right? Except... I wanted to do something different. I didn't just want it to be something that disappeared into the depths of the internet, or prompted that glassy-eyed look that tends to descend on many of us when the words climate change are uttered. I didn't want to try and match the BBC or Werner Herzog and make something beautiful. We all know Antarctica is beautiful. I wanted to show the other side. The grit, the determination it takes to even get out there. The damn hard side of actually filming in such an unforgiving environment.

North Korea's Founding Day Celebrations Are Giving South Korea Serious Concerns

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary on Saturday, just days after its sixth and...

Why Is No One Talking About One Of The World's Largest Humanitarian Emergencies?

Alexander Matheou | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK
Alexander Matheou

As the International Development Secretary Priti Patel visited Maiduguri last week, the Lake Chad crisis comes into public consciousness for a brief time. But we must all work to ensure that the momentum of public awareness and support is maintained, to make sure that voices of people like Abba and Hadiza are heard in this silent emergency.

It's Time To Be Outraged: The Rohingya Crisis

Ali Milani | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

I am proud to lead a student movement that has behind it a history of fighting for global peace and justice. A National Union that so often speaks out even when "society isn't ready." But right now, our silencing on the violence against the Rohingya is deafening.

Everything We Know So Far About North Korea's 'Successful' Nuclear Test

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned North Korea that any provocation will be met with a “massive military response” after the outcast ...

War Between US And North Korea Could Be Deadliest Yet, Germany Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK

The “fire and fury” of a war between North Korea and the US could produce the world’s deadliest conflict yet, Germany’s foreign minister has s...

Trump's North Korea Stance Boosted By Successful Missile Defence Test

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK

Donald Trump’s tough stance on North Korea was boosted overnight, as US missile defences successfully shot down a ballistic projectile during a test...

There's Something Really Odd About North Korea's Latest Missile Test, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK

North Korea’s missile test over Japan this week has puzzled experts, as the secretive state’s report of the launch flames questions about its true...

UN Condemns North Korea, As Kim Jong Un 'Speaks Out'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK

North Korea said on Wednesday it launched a ballistic missile over Japan to counter US and South Korean military drills and as a first step in militar...

North Korea's 'Reckless' Missile Launch Over Japan Sharply Escalates Tensions

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK

Theresa May will go ahead with a three-day trip to Japan this week, despite her “outrage” at the latest North Korean missile test over the country...

'If We Don't Get On, They Win': Barcelona Shows Its Own Unique Brand Of Defiance

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK

At first the chants were quiet. One or two people shouting out amid a crowd of thousands. But the lone voices soon multiplied, echoing around building...

Impossible Choice: Why We Cannot Stand Behind Returns To Libya

Gemma Parkin | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Gemma Parkin

It's a strange question to kick off the working day on board Save the Children's rescue ship: Would we rather stop our search and rescue operations completely, and risk people drowning, than return migrants and refugees back to Libya? But that's the question we were forced to ask ourselves - and the answer is clear. This is not an action we can stand behind.

In Yemen, The Cholera Epidemic Is Only Just Scratching The Surface

Eddie Izzard | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Eddie Izzard

Years of under-investment in deteriorating public water and sanitation systems, contaminated water sources, ongoing waves of displacement resulting from conflict, alongside families being unable to afford basic sanitation and hygiene items, have contributed to this recent cholera outbreak. Let's be under no illusion - this is crisis man-made... UK aid has played a big part in this response. Over the last year, the UK government has doubled its humanitarian funding to Yemen, committing £85 million. But for organisations like UNICEF there remains a huge gap in the funding needed to help children in Yemen.

Trump Warns Of 'Fire And Fury' If North Korea Escalates Nuclear Threat

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK

Donald Trump has said North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it escalates its nuclear threat, after US medi...

Face It: There Is No Quick Fix In This Migrant Crisis

Rik Goverde | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
Rik Goverde

We're in the heart of the migration and refugee crisis, the big story of our era. Worldwide, more than 65million people have fled their homes. Most of them find refuge in their own countries or region, some try and make it to Europe through the dangerous crossing to Italy, a route on which this year roughly one in 43 people dies. And Italy has been bearing that brunt on its own for years.

Let's Boycott Arsenal And Show Stan Kroenke We Are Not A Nation That Supports Killing Animals For Fun

Ben Fogle | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Ben Fogle

Shooting animals for the entertainment of others crosses the line. Many of our North American neighbours have a very different approach to shooting and hunting. Blood thirsty and gun happy, they have a rather mercenary relationship with wildlife. Television has the power to glamourise its subjects. Young impressionable people will be motivated by the sight of majestic animals being killed. They will be 'radicalised' into hunting. Stan Kroenke, as the majority shareholder of Arsenal and the owner of MOTV, has a responsibility. He may relish the murder of endangered wildlife himself but he should not peddle his disgusting programmes on a country that still prides itself as a nation of animal lovers.

It Takes A 'Village' To Raise Breastfeeding Rates

Sue Ashmore | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK
Sue Ashmore

Just as the saying goes: 'it takes a village to raise a child,' it takes a community to support mothers to breastfeed. During World Breastfeeding Week 2017 we look at how we can build a village of support around our mothers, helping them to breastfeed for as long as they wish.

An Expiry Date On Dirty Cars Is Good, But Air Pollution Means We Need Real Action Before 2040

Areeba Hamid | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Tech
Areeba Hamid

Yet again the government is trying to hide behind a headline, and dodge its responsibility for tackling illegal air pollution in our towns and cities. Our toxic air is stunting our children's lung growth right now; it is sending vulnerable people to hospital and causing suffering up and down the country. We cannot wait nearly a quarter of a century for a solution. It needs strong government action to fix this crisis right now.

Brexit Is A Chance To Reignite Britain's Ability To Inspire And Enthral

Suella Fernandes | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Suella Fernandes

So now is the time for those who campaigned to leave the EU and those who see the opportunity ahead even if they didn't campaign for it, to unite in painting that bold and bright vision of the future of our country and of the world. For those that can't see this or won't, the politics of yesterday may be good enough but not for me.