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Child poverty in Britain set to soar to new record, says thinktank

November 10, 2017 ·  By Larry Elliott for

A young girl walking through a housing estate in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Photograph: Alamy

IFS forecast that 37% of children will be in relative poverty by 2022 would see all progress made in the last 20 years undone The number of children living in poverty will soar to a record 5.2 million over the next five years as government welfare cuts bite deepest on households with young families, a […]


Kevin Spacey: Old Vic accused of ignoring sexual misconduct allegations

November 9, 2017 · 

Numerous stories emerge saying London theatre paid no heed to allegations of groping and inappropriate sexual behaviour by the actor

Numerous stories emerge saying London theatre paid no heed to allegations of groping and inappropriate sexual behaviour by the actor Actors and former staff at the Old Vic have accused the theatre of turning a blind eye to inappropriate sexual behaviour by Kevin Spacey during the 11 years that the Hollywood star was its artistic […]


Daily aspirin reduces cancer risk and slows its spread, study confirms

November 8, 2017 ·  By Ian Sample, science correspondent for

The findings support previous claims that aspirin protects against cancer, but the effect may not be as strong as thought. Photograph: Getty

Overall risk of dying from cancer was reduced by 16% among people who took daily dose of aspirin when healthy Taking a low dose of aspirin every day may reduce the risk of cancer and slow the spread of the disease, according to a study that followed the health of more than 100,000 patients. Research […]


Oxfam says it has sacked 22 staff in a year over sexual abuse allegations

November 8, 2017 ·  By Holly Watt for

Oxfam has 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and overseas. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Aid charity says it dealt with 87 claims of sexual exploitation and abuse involving its workers, 36% more than in previous year Oxfam has dismissed 22 members of staff over allegations of sexual abuse in the last year, according to figures released by the aid charity. Two staff members resigned before investigations were complete, with […]


Child sexual abuse victims to be granted compensation following criticism

November 6, 2017 ·  By Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent for www.theguardian.comu


Exclusive: no victim will be denied compensation on grounds of alleged consent after previous guidelines on grooming were heavily criticised Fresh guidelines have been issued to ensure that child victims of sexual abuse are not denied compensation on the mistaken grounds that they consented to a relationship. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which has […]


Irish priest calls for anti-terror style travel ban on paedophiles and sex offenders

November 3, 2017 ·  By Ed Carty for

Irish priest calls for anti-terror style travel ban on paedophiles and sex offenders

A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on developed countries to ban paedophiles and suspected sex offenders from foreign travel in the same way as suspected terrorists. Father Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary who has been rescuing street children in the Philippines since 1974, said hundreds of thousands of sex tourists travel to the […]


North Wales Police investigate over 100 slavery cases

November 3, 2017 ·  By Wales for

Concerns have been raised in the Senedd about Holyhead port being used for human trafficking

Modern slavery and human trafficking are “despicable crimes” and a police priority, according to one officer. North Wales Police recorded over 100 offences in 2015-16, the fifth highest compared with other police forces in Wales and England, a report has found. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said forces were failing to recognise the scale of […]


China lawyer recounts torture under Xi’s ‘war on law’

November 2, 2017 ·  By

President Xi has tightened the government's grip on dissenters

For Xie Yanyi it was not the physical abuse that was the hardest to endure – although his list of the deliberate cruelties inflicted upon him is long. He was kept in a stress position, crouched on a low stool, from 06:00 in the morning until 22:00 at night. After 15 days like this, he […]


South Korea professor ‘mentally stressed’ comfort women

November 2, 2017 ·  By Asia for

Former "comfort women" are active in South Korean society

A South Korean court has found a university professor guilty of defamation for questioning accepted views on so-called comfort women. The term is a euphemism for women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels. Park Yu-ha, of Sejong University, suggested not all the women were coerced and some formed emotional bonds with […]


Aegis Juris fratman turns state witness, tells all

October 27, 2017 ·  By Lian Buan for

STATE WITNESS. Mark Ventura (middle) signs the document on his admission into the Witness Protection Program in connection with the case of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. Photo courtesy of DOJ

(3rd UPDATE) Mark Ventura tells investigators that when the fratmen at the initiation rites saw Atio Castillo move after he collapsed, they paddled him again MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Mark Ventura, an Aegis Juris fratenity member and suspect in the fatal hazing of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, became a state witness in the case […]

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