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Friday 16th October 2015

Humanitarian crisis in Calais refugee camp needs urgent political attention

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The European refugee crisis, including the attempts of people to reach Britain from Calais, has dominated the news for several months, with the main focus being on security concerns and border controls.However, there is another humanitarian crisis unfolding in Calais, where around 3,000 people are living in conditions detrimental to their health, and which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities.
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Friday 16th October 2015
Monday 12th October 2015

Is the sex industry really fuelled by heterosexual male demand?

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The sex industry: predatory men taking advantage of victimised women (or so it is popularly assumed). But the reality is actually far more complex than that.
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Monday 12th October 2015

All change? Air rights and the redevelopment of New Street station

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Railway stations are special places; places of entry and exit, meeting places and places of farewells. They have acted as an important setting for many famous movies, novels and paintings. Great cities are often associated with well-designed, iconic railway stations.
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Monday 12th October 2015

Clarifying the link between diet and cancer

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Does diet influence cancer? The answer to this question is not simple.The relationship between nutrition and disease is a complex one, but there is a tendency to simplify things to provide easily comprehensible information to the public.
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Monday 12th October 2015
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