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Britain Must Offer Refugee Children a Better Future

Justin Forsyth | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The UK has led the way in aid to the Syria region, and the government recently took the very welcome step of offering to take in 20,000 refugees living in camps in the Middle East. But we know that Britain can also reach out a hand to some of those who have already made the dangerous journey to Europe, those at-risk children who are on their own this winter. Like those dark days in 1938, children are leaving their homes today without their families because they fear for their lives. Britain can live up to the best of our history by offering them a better future.

'Making A Murderer' Has Convinced 230,000 People To Take Action

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK

Nearly a quarter of a million people have been spurred into action after watching the captivating Netflix crime documentary 'Making A Murderer'. ...

Rat On A Plane Grounds Flight Over Fears It Would 'Chew Through Wires'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board. Though the rat was not found, the pilot...

A Priest Has Been Suspended For Delivering His Service On A Hoverboard

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK

A Catholic priest has been suspended after delivering a service whilst cruising on a hoverboard. The clergyman, at the diocese of San Pablo in Lagu...

Huge Elephant Seal Refuses To Budge During Stand-Off With Rescuers

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK

A 900-pound elephant seal has been tranquilised and returned to the wild after blocking traffic on a California highway for two days. The animal at...

Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Chooses Unexpected Route' After Take Off

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK

A Malaysia Airlines plane has reportedly flown on an unexpected route shortly after take off, leaving its pilots dumbstruck and requiring them to alte...

Christmas as a Refugee: Personal Stories from the UK, Calais and Lesvos

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

So it's Christmas. It's been a tricky one for me to think about this year from the depths of Calais's refugee camp known as 'The Jungle'. However, a couple of Christmas-related things have been happening which I though I would share, as an insight into Christmas as a refugee.

George Bowden

Calais Refugees Have A Christmas Wishlist And It's Devastatingly Simple

HuffingtonPost.com | George Bowden | Posted 25.12.2015 | UK

For the close to six thousand refugees living at Calais this Christmas, home is little more than a tent and a sleeping bag. Things are worsening fo...

Hedgehogs Need Help - But That's No Excuse to Kill Badgers

Mark Jones | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

We cannot continue to play our precious indigenous species off against each other. If wild animals are survive and thrive, we need to develop a much better understanding of the impacts our activities have on the species we share the land with...

The Untold Tale Of 'Desperate And Chaotic' Conditions Facing Refugees In Europe

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK

Hundreds of refugees are becoming increasingly desperate during their arduous, thousand-mile long trips across Europe, casting light upon situations w...

Going Back to Peshawar's Army Public School

Shaimaa Khalil | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Shaimaa Khalil

The attack shocked the nation but it gave the military the popular backing to intensify its operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the Northwest of the country - and while the infrastructure of the militant group was hit hard, the possibility of future attacks is still there.

A Resolution Worth Keeping: Helping Africa Survive Its Disasters

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Obviously nothing can alleviate nature's disasters - whether they are prompted by climate change or by the earth's natural movement like the shifting of tectonic plates - but we can better prepare people from peril. We can make them more resilient to crisis and more capable of bouncing back.

Why Now Is the Moment to Step Up the Fight Against Malaria

Allan Pamba | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK
Allan Pamba

The scale of this challenge demands teamwork. Already, we've seen great partnerships created in the face of malaria. Now, there's another one taking shape. Comic Relief and GSK have formed a five-year partnership to help fight malaria and strengthen health systems in five countries worst affected by the disease across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Woman Driver 'Intentionally' Crashed Into Crowd In Las Vegas, Killing One Person

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

A woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino, killing one and...

Remember the People, Not Just the Stats, at the Jungle

Baroness Jones | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

When we in the Green Party talk about climate change, it is possible to be drawn into a debate about temperatures and statistics, when what we are really talking about is people - and the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.

After COP21: Achieving a Zero Carbon Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

Our world leaders have agreed a surprisingly ambitious deal in Paris to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. But in our efforts to manage our expectations do we risk finding ourselves slightly under-prepared for the response that is now required?

Peace From the Middle East

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Bishop Paul Bayes

I would not have voted in favour of bombing Syria. ISIL/Daesh is a source of evil, of this I have no doubt. But for me the case for bombing is not proven. Some, including some I greatly respect, say that the traditional Christian criteria for a Just War have been fulfilled. But I cannot agree. Across the world I see the the political reflex to seek quick popularity through warmongering talk, and I abhor it. I believe there is a better way. In the season of the coming of the Prince of Peace let's try and find it together.

Without Swift Debt Relief for Greece, The Last Five Years Will be the Prelude to More Chaos

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Politics
Theopi Skarlatos

In the last five years that hope grew. As networks spread and people reached rock bottom, they realized all they really had was themselves and that even if that was all they had, together and united it meant power.

The Five Key Takeaways From the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Martin Koehring | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.

Syria in 2015: Another Year of Agony

Neil Durkin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...

Why Europe Needs Paris More Than Most

Baroness Bryony Worthington | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Bryony Worthington

On Saturday, when the final agreement emerges, the EU more than any other economic block will need to see a clear and unambiguous signal that the world is serious about tackling this issue and that the momentum for change is now unstoppable.

Unmanaged Climate Change Is an Unacceptable Risk - Tackling It Is an Unparalleled Opportunity

Kevin Rabinovitch | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Kevin Rabinovitch

Right now, we all have an opportunity to win - to leave a safe, sustainable climate for our children and future generations, to establish a more equitable and secure society and to create a mutually prosperous economic future. If we do it right and right now, we may not be too late.

My Social Media Misstep Was Easily Rectified - My Cousin is a Year Into a Jail Sentence Because of His

Chris Blackwood | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Chris Blackwood

Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.

Does a Shrinking Population Help to Solve Climate Change?

Dr Peter Matanle | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Dr Peter Matanle

We often hear it said that there are too many people on Earth, that 'overpopulation' is an existential threat, and that fewer people might consume proportionately less, resulting in some easy environmental gains such as less carbon output and fewer species extinctions. It's a seductive logic, but is it true?

Overlooked By the Outside World, Conflict in Yemen Continues Unabated

David Jones | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

In the space of just eight months since the latest conflict broke out in late March, the numbers in need of humanitarian assistance have risen to over 80% of the population: a staggering 21.2million people, including almost 10million children. Over 1,500 children have been killed and injured as a result of the war... It is increasingly urgent that everything possible be done to halt the catastrophic loss of life.