1919: The end of the Dying?

1919: The end of the Dying?

We are, perhaps, more familiar with the aftermath of the Second World War than the First. We have a fairly good sense of jubilant VE Day crowds with Churchill on the Buckingham Palace balcony or Atlee’s Labour government creating the NHS and modern Welfare State. Our sense of what followed...

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Six Dead and Hundreds Injured in Iran Earthquake

Six Dead and Hundreds Injured in Iran Earthquake

Just after 2:00 on Friday morning, a massive earthquake struck near the town of Tark in Iran. Crowd stampedes were mostly to blame for the 300 people injured following the earthquake, according to local state-run media. Iran sits on the border of two convergent tectonic plates, which makes the country...

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California faces huge power cuts as wildfires rage

California faces huge power cuts as wildfires rage

An estimated 1.5 million more people in California are set to lose power on Tuesday 29th October as a utility firm tries to stop damaged cables triggering wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) already faces an investigation by regulators after cutting supplies to 970,000 homes and businesses. It announced that...

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International News October

International News October

Lost Renaissance masterpiece discovered in Frenchwoman’s kitchen A 13thcentury painting of Christ’s Passion by the early Florentine master Cimabue has been discovered in the kitchen of an elderly woman in the town of Compiègne, north of Paris. The piece was initially discovered by an auctioneer in June this year when...

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City of London suspends ‘Honorary Freedom’ of the city from Burmese leader Aang San Suu Kyi

City of London suspends ‘Honorary Freedom’ of the city from Burmese leader Aang San Suu Kyi

The Corporation of the City of London on the 12thof September made the unprecedented decision to suspend the Honorary Freedom of the City from Aang San Suu Kyi, the world renowned activist and de-facto head of the government of Myanmar. The decision was made in condemnation of the treatment of...

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International News Roundup: September

International News Roundup: September

 Nigeria: 6800 people impacted by floods.  According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), over 6,800 people living in displacement camps in Maiduguri have been impacted by floods in recent weeks. “They are essentially displaced within a displacement camp”, said Eric Batonon, Director of the NRC, referring to the thousands who...

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Diplomacy in Crisis

Diplomacy in Crisis

 As an infamous German dictator once said, “When diplomacy ends, War begins”. The darkest period of the 20th Century could easily be defined by this statement, when Europe was in turmoil after two massive wars and the rest of the world scrambling to take sides or risk being swallowed up...

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International News Roundup August 2019

International News Roundup August 2019

ANATOLIKI MANI, GREECE   Chiselled out of rock in a cave on the Southern Peloponnese peninsula came a piece of skull which researchers now claim is the oldest human fossil outside of Africa. Excavated out of a limestone cliff in the early 1970s, the fragment was originally put in a...

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Have you ever felt like you were being watched?

Have you ever felt like you were being watched?

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? This is not the work of CCTV, nor is it a delusional sense of reality a la Truman Show. This is the age of Big Data, and big data knows you. What exactly is big data? In layman’s terms, it...

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UK makes financial commitment to MH17 investigation on anniversary of flight being shot down

UK makes financial commitment to MH17 investigation on anniversary of flight being shot down

Five years ago today (July 17) Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot out of the sky over Ukraine resulting in the deaths of 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.  Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has paid tribute to the victims by announcing that the UK will provide financial support...

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