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Thursday 16th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

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Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
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Thursday 16th July 2015
Thursday 9th July 2015

As dementia diagnoses increase, family caregiving should not be taken for granted

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It was reported this week that the Royal College of General Practitioners has raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers receive from the NHS and social services. The College says that in some places, services are collapsing under the pressure of increasing diagnoses. Meanwhile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that families and fellow citizens should play a bigger role in caring for the growing number of elderly people in the UK. But as the Alzheimer's Society rightly notes, family and friends 'must not be relied on to do everything'.
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Thursday 9th July 2015
Friday 3rd July 2015

Tunisia attack: three lessons we can learn

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Horror reached unprecedented levels in Tunisia last Friday when innocent holidaymakers were targeted on a beach near Sousse by a student who had apparently been radicalised in his university town of Kairouan and later in northern Libya. Beyond the grief and sorrow, lessons can be learned from this event.
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Friday 3rd July 2015
Thursday 25th June 2015

Micro-enterprise: care and support on a scale that's 'just right'?

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Access to good-quality, affordable care for people with disabilities and older people is a challenging issue.
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Thursday 25th June 2015
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