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No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

A Glimmer of Hope on Children's Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today, on Nigerian Children's Day, the girls will still be held in captivity - and their horror continues unabated. We still do not know whether they are being trafficked into slavery or have been abused as has happened to past hostages. And while the Nigerian government has sent more troops to Borno state to back up the 15,000 already on the search, and as satellite and aircraft surveillance has been stepped up, it will take a delicate operation to secure every child's safe homecoming. As we prepare to celebrate Children's Day in Nigeria, America and in many countries around the world, our thoughts are firmly focused on practical measures that can ensure the safe release of the girls and the end of the nightmare for their families.

The New President of Ukraine!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Inna Shevchenko

The Holy date of 25 May, the day of presidential elections in Ukraine, the country's territory is becoming smaller and smaller. Indeed, the elections will not take place in Crimea, rightful territory of Ukraine which was proclaimed by Putin and his gangs of separatists as part of Russian territory. Even after a failed referendum, it seems like the eastern part of Ukraine is not going to participate in the vote as well, as half of the polling stations are already occupied by separatists in the Donbass region. The country is in the middle of a war with an exterior enemy but Ukrainians say that the elections have to happen anyways!

Amazon Destruction? Not In My Builder's Yard

John Sauven | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK
John Sauven

Deforestation rates peaked in 2004 and fell steadily for almost ten years. But the loggers didn't go away. They just got smarter. Despite the government's interventions, most of the logging in the Brazilian Amazon was still illegal. The loggers learned how to game the systems put in place to keep illegal timber out of the market. They found crooked sawmills to launder their illegal timber, and exporters that didn't care where their products they sold came from... The scale of illegal logging in the Amazon is astounding. In the state of Pará, almost 80% of logging is believed to be illegal.

This Kiss Is Not a Kiss: Iran's Problem With Women and Film-Makers

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

One of the many depressing things about this is that Iran's anti-women conservatives can't seem to see further than their own bigoted views and appreciate that Hatami, as a juror at Cannes, was potentially doing a useful job of projecting (excuse the pun) a positive image of Iran via its amazingly good film industry.

Food Companies Must Act on Climate Change to Tackle Hunger

Ben Phillips | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Ben Phillips

The food industry is part of the problem, but it can also clearly play an important role in being the solution. The 'Big 10' must as sector leaders act to on the one hand climate-proof their businesses but also climate-proof the future so there is enough food on the table today and tomorrow.

Focus on Meningitis - A New Online Exhibition Illustrates Inspirational Survivors of Meningitis

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Lindlar

Moving photographs of meningitis survivors getting on with their lives were launched yesterday in a new online exhibition called Focus on Meningitis. The exhibition, created by the international charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is a mixture of professional and amateur photographs and marks the charity's 25th anniversary this month.

Celebrating Refugees' Gifts

Maurice Wren | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

As their stories demonstrate so compellingly, refugees contribute hugely to the lives of everyone in the UK, by enriching our culture, our commerce and our communities, and by showing us that compassion is a hallmark of a strong and open society.

Field Diary: Unicef School Bags, a Symbol of Hope in War-Torn Aleppo

Hamida R. Lasseko | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Hamida R. Lasseko

During my visit to the Unicef-supported Basic Education School for displaced grade one to four children at the Aleppo University I met a number of confident, upbeat children, not shy to ask tough questions... As a mother, I could not hold back my tears when a young girl got up and asked me: "When will this war end?"

Bruce Lee and the Sewer Gang of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It seems like yesterday that the world woke to the shocking scenes of neglect and cruelty inside Romania's orphanages and care homes. Grainy Images of feces-stained wards, and babies chained to rusty cast-iron beds that seared in our minds. But 25 years on what has happened to Romania's abandoned children, and what fate awaits children from Romania's underfunded care system today?

One Month on, the World Must Stand Up for Education

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Malala Yousafzai's shooting and the Nigerian abduction are at the same, extreme end of a spectrum of belief which sadly exists across many parts of the world; a belief that girls shouldn't have the chance to learn.

'We Are All Displaced Now' - South Sudanese Health Workers Tell of Treating Patients in the Bush

Nicole Johnston | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Nicole Johnston

As the international community holds its breath, hoping that the latest peace deal signed between warring parties in South Sudan holds, civilians caught up in the conflict are praying for an end to the killings, for the chance to return home and to plant their crops.

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

Matt Carr | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram? The answer to this question does not seem clear, even to the Nigerian government itself. Throughout much of the crisis the administration of president Goodluck Jonathan has dropped fat hints that it is engaging or attempting to engage in some kind of behind-the-scenes dialogue with the kidnappers.

Time to Refocus Development Aid?

Chris Heaton-Harris | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Heaton-Harris

As a Brit, I am proud that our government is spending 0.7% of our GDP on international development; but I am concerned that we have failed to understand the pervasive inequality facing people with learning disabilities. We must commit to correcting this failure and bringing about the more just world that the architects of the MDGs had in mind... but how?

In Pictures: Graduations Around The World

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

No matter what your degree, or where you got it from, graduation is always going to be a time to celebrate your achievements and give yourself a well ...

Finding a Cure for the Cancer of Torture

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Didn't it basically die out along with smallpox, the plague, witch trials and a belief that the world was flat and inhabited by angels, devils and other supernatural creatures? Wasn't torture more or less gotten rid of after the Second World War or the end of the Cold War? Strangely, no, it wasn't.

Why I'm Taking on Telecoms Corruption in Bangladesh

Naufal Zamir | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Naufal Zamir

Bangladesh needs to be open to the world, and in order to be so, it needs to live up to international standards in business and public life. Britain and the EU need to push Bangladesh to meet these standards; our government must make it clear that if the rule of law is not respected, there will be serious consequences.

Zimbabwe Part Two: Kunzwana #1 and a Mighty Encore

Josephine | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Josephine

We decided to go to the Kunzwana #1 show. I was really excited about this band, because of their blend of Austrian and Zimbabwean musicians, playing clarinet, quarter-tone trumpet, trombone, mbira, vocals and electro-acoustics. I knew it would be a fantastic performance.

How Can We Find These Children?

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jaki Scarcello

What can we do when a tragedy of this magnitude prevails in a country which is distant and unknown to us? Have we become too good at turning away and assuring ourselves we can do nothing?

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Today is a very sad day for me. The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always has been. His passion for nature as profoundly strong as ever and he was just as outspoken as ever.

The Cursed Twins of Madagascar

Kiki King | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kiki King

Meeting the unluckiest woman in Madagascar changed my views on motherhood forever. Despite standing almost 6ft tall, Carolin ducks her eyes when she smiles, shyness getting the better of her. She hides her inner steel. She lost everything because she refused to abandon her children. She is the mother of twins: three sets of twins.

What Will Mr Putin Do Next?

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

As things stand, the pro-separatists insist that they will go ahead with the referendum, with or without Mr Putin's blessing. But at least now he can claim that he did what he could to halt it - and hope, in so doing, to lift the threat of further sanctions being imposed.

As the Emergency Response Teams Leave, the British Red Cross Is Stepping Up Its Long-Term Recovery Efforts

Sir Nick Young | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Sir Nick Young

This week, the British Red Cross is launching a long-term recovery programme in the Philippines as the disaster-prone country continues to recover from super-storm Haiyan and braces itself for the onslaught of this year's typhoon season. But as we mark six months since the typhoon hit, many organisations specialising in emergency response are leaving and the levels of support have dwindled, even though the needs remain immense.

Nigeria's May Day: Northern Christians Cry for Help

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We pray that God will help our security forces bring Boko Haram's campaign of hate to a swift end before the whole country is sucked into a religious war.... Nigerians are proud people. We are able to take care of our own problems and often are the first to offer assistance to other African neighbours. But we are desperate and we are fighting for our lives. We cannot let evil triumph.