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MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...

Why One Perdue Chicken Farmer Broke the Conspiracy of Silence

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...

Turkish President Preaches to the Choir

Simon Johns | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent string of off-key statements are music to the ears of both his supporters and an opposition that loves to poke fun from the sidelines but offers scant intelligent counterpoint.

Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

James Snell | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Yes, RT is bad, but maybe by exposing its partisanship and the many flaws in its approach to a wider range of people, we might be able to defuse some of its negative potential. If our arguments for liberal democracy were not good enough to stand up to this sort of naked political manoeuvring, that is the point at which we should begin to worry.

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Ella Jameson | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Ella Jameson

While hordes of tourists with cameras swarming through rainforests is also obviously not what we want, the more people understand these incredible ecosystems, whether through actually visiting themselves or learning proactively, the better.

It's Time to Focus on Nutrition

Aaron Oxley | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Oxley

It is sadly true that one of the biggest and most neglected challenges facing the global community is still malnutrition, specifically undernutrition. It affects more people than any single disease and is an underlying cause of nearly half of all child deaths. In the global fight to end suffering and reduce poverty, tackling undernutrition will have a significant and lasting impact.

Egypt's Worrying Trend Towards Medicalising FGM

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

According to Unicef, more than 27.2million Egyptian women and girls have been affected by FGM.  This represents 91% of the female population and is the biggest number for any one nationality.  Out of an estimated 100-140million affected by FGM globally, at least one in five is from Egypt.

World AIDS Day: Cut Gay Blood Ban to Three Months

Peter Tatchell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of them last having sex is medically unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is premised on a generalisation about men who have sex with men.The government should cut the basic exclusion period to three months, dependent on the risk factors associated with each individual donor. These risk factors include not only HIV but also other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Protecting the blood supply is the number one priority but ensuring blood safety does not require a rule that no gay or bisexual man can donate blood for a year since his last same-sex experience.

In Pictures: 'Creative' Hong Kong Democracy Occupiers Reconvene to 'Watch TV Billboard'

Tom Grundy | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

A day after one of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps was cleared by police and bailiffs, hundreds of pro-democracy activists returned to Mong Kok's main shopping thoroughfare on Thursday evening. Instead of erecting tents, activists convened to collectively watch movie trailers and adverts on a cinema billboard.

Getting Everyone in the Picture: Don't Forget Girls

Nigel Chapman | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered. While this number is split fairly evenly between male and female, we have to take into account that young girls and women already have to break down significant barriers just to be treated equally. If they are not registered, the barriers to participation become even more prominent.

'You Just Have to Keep Going'

Noel Sullivan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

I should be more excited but the tiredness is keeping my emotions at bay. It's probably a good thing. As Sunday draws closer and we buy final bits and pieces to add to the ever expanding kit the challenge we have set ourself is clear. We are about to embark on one of the toughest, most exhilarating moments of our lives.

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

A Time of Tears, Sorrow, Stigmatisation and Isolation

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work with partners in country and in the diaspora communities to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola and ensure support is available to help the recovery from this outbreak.

Eighty Moments That Shaped the World

John Worne | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
John Worne

Eighty years is within a single lifetime of today - but for many it will feel a long time ago. The pace and scale of change in science and technology, international relations, arts and culture - and the way societies work and people live - must seem vast through the eyes of a those who have lived through them.

In Pictures: 80+ Arrests, Pepper Spray and Scuffles As Occupy Clear Outs Begin in Hong Kong

Tom Grundy | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

At least 80 people were arrested, according to police, as part of one of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest camps was cleared on Tuesday. Bailiffs were on site to enforce a court order to clear obstructions from a relatively small part of the encampment on the Kowloon Peninsula. Most of the clearance was performed by an agency with bailiffs and police on hand to assist.

It's Important to Focus Attention on Violence Against Women That Is Endemic

Polly Neate | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Neate

After today, two women a week will still be killed in England and Wales, at the hands of a partner or former partner. The police will still receive one call every minute relating to a domestic violence incident. Three quarters of a million children will still witness domestic violence every year. This is not a counsel of despair. There is much we can do

The African Islamic State

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

This year I have watched from close quarters as a country has been torn apart. A militant Islamic group has successfully exploited an opportunity to carve out a sphere of influence in a riven nation. In a society divided by ethnic and - more prominently - religious loyalties, decades of tension between communities has manifested as sectarian violence.

Of Russia, Figs and Boarding Passes

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In places like the Vladikavkaz market, informal communities who have no idea what NGOs are may prove themselves much stronger and more dynamic in the defence of their interests than the marginalised NGOs themselves, which Russia attacks in a Cervantian manner reminiscent of tilting at windmills.

What Has the G20 Meant for Australia?

Alex Malley | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Alex Malley

As they clear up the convention centre in downtown Brisbane, Australia and take down the banners and start returning the city to normal, this is the ideal time to reflect on what exactly hosting the G20 leaders meeting has meant for Australia, and moreover for the global community.

And The Happiest Place To Live In The World Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Winter weather getting you down? Feeling the effects of SAD? You might want to consider migrating, as a new map showing the happiest countries to ...

Child Rights Anniversary Places Spotlight on Ebola

David Bull | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
David Bull

In every region of the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organisations see their work for children, and transformed the way children are able to participate in their communities and societies. Today, children across the UK and the world are celebrating this momentous day.

Violence Against Religious Minorities in Iraq and Syria

Rt Revd Nick Baines | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Rt Revd Nick Baines

We live in a contingent world and do not have the luxury of choosing our friends; we share a seat with anyone who offers. And we must never lose our focus on the individual amid the complexity of the global.

'They Mock Our Face' - My Day at the Anti-Black Pete Protest in the Netherlands

Claire Fernandez | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Claire Fernandez

'Welkom in Gouda', giant letters announced to welcome the thousands of Dutch people who came to welcome the national 'arrival' of Saint Nicholas and his black faced helpers, the Black Petes (Zwarte Pieten in Dutch) on 15 November. The anti-Zwarte Piet protesters, on the other hand, were only welcomed by far-right hatred, biased journalists and police brutality...

10 Disturbing Government Cover-Ups

AllTime10s | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

From missing bombs to nuclear incidents, these are just a few of the most worrying things governments have tried to hide....