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WDBJ 7 News Team Killed Live On Air In Virginia Shooting (DISTURBING IMAGES)

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

- Shooting leaves reporter and cameraman dead, interviewee injured- Broadcast live on Virginia station WDBJ 7, footage depicted gunman- Gunman uploads...

Marcy Borders 'The Dust Lady' Of 9/11 Has Died Of Stomach Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

It has become one of the defining images of September 11, 2001. A smartly-dressed woman stands in disbelief, visibly distraught, covered from head-to-...

Family Tear Open Coffin After 'Hearing Screams' Of Dead Teenager

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

Relatives of a teenager thought to have been buried alive in Honduras say they are devastated at the final confirmation of her death. Neysi Perez, ...

Save Syria Out of Self-Interest

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

If governments and policymakers won't commit to finding a lasting political, diplomatic and military solution to Syria's unrest because it is 'the right thing to do', perhaps they can be provoked into action out of inherent selfishness.

Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean 'Migrants' but We Should

Judith Vonberg | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Judith Vonberg

By rejecting the term and using 'refugee' instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the illiberal voices telling us that migrants are not worthy of our compassion.

Explaining the Exodus From Eritrea- the "North Korea of Africa"

Claudia Hyde | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

If Europe is unwilling to accept more refugees or to treat them with the humanity they deserve, they must at least apply pressure on the Eritrean government to cease its abuse of conscripts and civilians. The international community owes a duty to its most vulnerable- it must not fail to protect them again.

Syriza Must Form the Next Greek Government

Stephen T. Hall | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen T. Hall

Without sentimentality, the newfound consecration of the Greek government to enact brutalising austerity measures, so corrosive that even the IMF doubts its promised successes, will now once more test the resolve of the Greek people.

The Silent Majority Should Stand Up to Welcome Those Fleeing Persecution

Daniel Fox | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Fox

It should not be a matter coping. We should welcome these people because they will thrive in Britain and Britain will thrive because of them. Imagine a 20th century Britain without the influence of Jewish refugees; it would have grown up a poorer place.

'We Are Not Dangerous, We Are in Danger': Inside 'The Jungle' Migrant Camp

Mike Snelle | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK
Mike Snelle

There is a deadly humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, and our current approach is compounding the problem. If the people in The Jungle were white Europeans, I have no doubt that we do everything possible to help them. Instead, we allow desperate people to exist in appalling conditions, and build fences to ensure they stay there. If I were a more courageous man, I would have brought someone back with me.

First They Came for the Cheeses and No-One Spoke Out - Russia's Banning Mania

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On top of existing prohibitions on "undesirable organisations", on numerous public demonstrations, on gay pride rallies and on materials said to "promote" homosexuality, Russia's recent restrictions are faintly ludicrous and distinctly sinister.

Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Sierra Leone's Latest Ebola Outbreak

David Bull | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK
David Bull

The 49 households that make up Massesebe were under lockdown after a man who had travelled to the village from Freetown for the Eid celebrations, died of Ebola. This was the first Ebola case in Tonkolili District in five months. 498 people, including 101 children under five, were quarantined in the village and two people confirmed as being Ebola positive.

From East London to the East End of Glasgow: We Should Look to Lagos

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK
Graham Sheffield

Last month an article in the Economist contended that, despite being "crowded, noisy and violent", Lagos is a positive model for the rest of Nigeria - maybe for the whole of Africa and that's the reason why the British Council has a long-standing relationship with this nation.

The World's Worst Place to Be Disabled?

Sophie Morgan | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
Sophie Morgan

The UK is by no means the best place in the world to be disabled. But given that as a disabled person I am able to access the basic care, equipment, education, employment I need to live, I feel very privileged in comparison to the estimated one billion disabled people worldwide, of which 80% are found in developing countries.

"I Don't Want to Remember the Journey - Ever"

Hedinn Halldorsson | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
Hedinn Halldorsson

One in every 122 people in the world are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced in their own countries. More than half of the world's refugees are children. One of them is Sami*. He is 15, from Syria. Sami is here with a friend, his family are back in Syria.

Why 30million Displaced Boys and Girls Urgently Need Our Help This World Humanitarian Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today is about action, not just words - it is World Humanitarian Day. It is not a celebration. It is a much-needed recognition of those "who face danger and adversity in order to help others," a clear signal that there IS good in the world and a message to millions that life is precious. And what better way to recognise those who help others in the most dire circumstances than to announce we will give priority to new and better international support so humanitarians can carry out their mission to provide every child with opportunity in some of the most trying circumstances.

The Worst Place to Be a Woman This Year Got Even Worse

Laurie Adams | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Laurie Adams

Yemen may not be the worst place in the world to be a woman - being under the control of Islamic State may have that dubious honour - but it is perhaps the biggest crisis that is getting the least attention.

Humanitarians Helping to Unite Nations

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Last summer the workloads of every single man and woman in our team almost doubled overnight as a huge stream of desperate families fled from the terrorists of Islamic State. That stream became a river that is still flowing to this day.

The UK Effort to #ShareHumanity With Syria

Gareth Bayley | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gareth Bayley

When one looks at the scale of Syria's need, it is clear that the international community cannot do enough and indeed has not done enough. The heart of the matter - support and pressure for a political settlement - is flatly blocked within the UN Security Council. Humanitarian aid appeals meet with a response, but never quite to the amount sought. For the UK, we responded - £200million to the latest appeal - and will continue to respond. And we do all we can to unblock the path to that political settlement that Syria needs.

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.

We Are Europe - We Can Do Better

Vickie Hawkins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Vickie Hawkins

We are Europe - we promote to the world the importance of respect for human rights and protection of individual liberty. The UK has frequently been at the vanguard of that effort. The Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis that I've met over the past 48 hours have unfortunately yet to see that side of us.

Freedom of Religion or Belief Is the Most Basic Right of All, It Affects Us All, And It Is Under Increasing Threat Worldwide

Benedict Rogers | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Benedict Rogers

It is, in all our interests to ensure that governments, media and institutions around the world speak out for individuals in jail or facing execution, support civil society actors on the ground working to defend freedom of religion or belief, and make it a priority to promote this most basic of freedoms.

'You Can Shout at Us, You Can Do Whatever You Want... We Are Going to Stay Here, We Are British'

Kavita Puri | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Kavita Puri

Last year I heard the untold story of this pioneer generation - children of the Raj who arrived in a country unused to seeing people from the former colonies on its streets. I now pick up their story - along with their children - many of whom were born here - in the second series of Three Pounds in My Pocket, broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

China's Lawyer Arrests Prompt Concerns about Rule of Law

Sir Geoffrey Nice | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Sir Geoffrey Nice

The events of the past four weeks represent a significant and deliberate attack on the rights defence community, and reveal a lack of respect for the profession which is at odds with government rhetoric around rule of law.

We Wanted to Show the People Living in the Calais Camps That People in Britain Do Care

Diane Fotheringham | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Diane Fotheringham

It's been wonderful to see how much grassroots support there is out there and is a wonderful demonstration of how the British people can work together to transform people power into donations and support. We plan to embark on the 500-mile journey from Glasgow on 11 August and intend to return two days later, after donating the supplies.

My Father Was an Illegal Immigrant

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

The nearly a quarter of a million people who have arrived in Europe this year represent a massive headache for the authorities in both Italy and Greece, who are desperate for more help from their EU partners... The real scandal is not how many people are huddled in Calais hoping to get to the UK, but how few we are allowing in.