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Thursday 1st May 2014

Playing with fire: peril of Britain's obsession with gambling

Playing with fire: peril of Britain's obsession with gambling
Description
The government has this week announced increased powers for local authorities to refuse new licences for betting shops and impose extra controls on machine gambling.
Date:
Thursday 1st May 2014
Thursday 24th April 2014

Are Fukushima's children developing thyroid cancer?

Are Fukushima's children developing thyroid cancer?
Description
There have been a number of alarming media reports in recent weeks, citing significant increases in the number of children in Fukushima diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Date:
Thursday 24th April 2014
Thursday 17th April 2014

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the 'Islamic takeover' of Birmingham schools

Operation Trojan Horse: examining the 'Islamic takeover' of Birmingham schools
Description
It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as 'takeover' bids by 'hardline Muslims'. Birmingham City Council has subsequently announced that it intends to freeze the recruitment of school governors and appoint a new chief adviser to deal specifically with the allegations.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?

Remembering Rwanda:  can we ever say 'never again'?
Description
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly from the minority ethnic Tutsi group, were killed by their Hutu neighbours while the UN force in the country and Western powers looked on.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014
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