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UN Rights Council agrees probe into 'war crimes' in Occupied Palestinian Territories

The United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014

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Liberty represents MPs in legal challenge to government surveillance law

Liberty, the cross-party organisation for fundamental tights and freedoms in the UK, has announced it will seek a Judicial Review of the Government's "emergency" surveillance law on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

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The NHS and the Scottish referendum

The consequences of a No vote in September's independence referendum can be envisaged no more sharply than through the lens of the NHS in Scotland.

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'Violent attacks' in Peru caused uncontacted Indians to emerge

Highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region have said that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru.

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Assisted dying and the journey of discernment

"Make your mind up". "You're sitting on the fence". The culture tends to rebuke us for uncertainty.

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Mon Jul 21, 2014

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Pensions and George Osborne's memory lapse.

Has George Osborne completely forgotten the banking crisis, or has it just slipped his mind? In an interview on Radio 4 this morning he spoke of his excitement at the new products the financial services industry may invent to sell to people who will soon get access to their pension pots.

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Questions for UK Government over claims on destroyed renditions evidence

Claims made by the government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by "extremely heavy weather" last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period.

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Sat Jul 19, 2014

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As violence worsens in Gaza, UN chief heads to region to help broker solution

Amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has left for the region today to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians, and to help bolster regional and international efforts for a solution.

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Fri Jul 18, 2014

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Farewell to the fourth floor and the austerity agenda

At the beginning of the month, after seventeen years in local government, the last eight spent in Oxfordshire, I handed in my pass, laptop and phone and left the fourth floor for the last time.

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We need a right to live, not a right to die

A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her.

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Bring strike ballots into the modern age, says TUC

The Trades Union Congress has today written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to modernise the rules governing strike ballots and bring union voting methods into the 21st century.

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Thu Jul 17, 2014

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Quakers plan worship and protest at Farnborough International

Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside "family-friendly" air displays.

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Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in 'criminal' force-feedings

A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed.

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Wed Jul 16, 2014

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Judges rule government's legal aid plans 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory'

British judges have ruled that a proposed cut to legal aid known as the 'residence test' is "unlawful" and "discriminatory."

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New benefit claimants will soon wait five weeks for payments, says TUC

Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules uncovered by the Trades Union Congress as it launches a new campaign today , Saving Our Safety Net.

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Tue Jul 15, 2014

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Major investment in Andaman 'human safaris' road sparks fears for tribe

Plans for a major building project on an illegal road notorious for its "human safaris" to the vulnerable Jarawa tribe have been condemned by Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights, over fears that it will lead to a massive increase in travellers through the tribe's protected reserve on India's Andaman Islands.

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Assisted Dying, or Assisted Living?

Giles Fraser recently wrote that "assisted dying is the final triumph of market capitalism" and concluded, "When the moral history of the 21st century comes to be written, I predict we will look back with horror at how the word choice became a sort of cuckoo in the nest, driving out all other valuesa The moral language of the supermarket has become ... (more)

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New evidence shows UK government error led to Kenya death sentence

The government's support for a flawed Kenyan prosecution was based on an incorrect analysis that may put it in breach of its own death penalty policy, it has emerged.

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Women bishops approved: welcome step towards inclusion

The Church of England's general synod has given the go-ahead for women to be bishops.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014

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Church of England to have women bishops

The General Synod of the Church of England has today given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

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