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South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

September 5, 2017 ·  By Haroon Siddique and agencies for


Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. More than 1,200 […]


Young at heart: why children who exercise become healthier adults

September 5, 2017 ·  By David Cox for

Studies show that physical activity in childhood can psoitively affect the developing brain. Photograph: YakobchukOlena/Getty Images/iStockphoto

New research suggests childhood exercise has a protective effect on health in later years, as well as improving brain power – even in inactive grownups Last week, Public Health England said 6 million middle-aged adults in England take less than 10 minutes’ brisk exercise a month, risking their health. But when does the problem start? […]


German nurse suspected of murdering at least 90 patients

September 4, 2017 ·  By Philip Oltermann in Berlin for

Nurse convicted of murders killed 90 patients, say German police – video

Police say they have found evidence that Niels Högel, who was jailed for killing two patients, murdered more with lethal drug At least 90 people were killed at the hands of a German nurse who injected patients with cardiovascular medication in order to show off his resuscitation skills, a three-year police investigation has found. Niels […]


Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds

September 4, 2017 ·  By Sarah Marsh for

A student working in a library. Photograph: Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images

Research also finds number of students who disclose mental health problem in first year has risen fivefold in 10 years A growing number of undergraduates are reporting mental health problems, according to a report that shows a record number of students have killed themselves in recent years. The scale of the mental health crisis at […]


U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Trump’s Attacks on Media

August 31, 2017 ·  By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE for

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, said the president risked inciting violence.

GENEVA — The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that President Trump’s repeated denunciations of some media outlets as “fake news” could amount to incitement to violence and had potentially dangerous consequences outside the United States. The rebuke by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights, at a news conference in […]


Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities – UN report

August 31, 2017 ·  By UN News Center for

Protesters in La Castellana, a neighborhood in eastern Caracas. Photo: Helena Carplo/IRIN News

30 August 2017 – Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations human rights office has found. “The policies […]


Davidson County woman charged with felony child abuse

August 31, 2017 ·  By Web Staff for

Crystal Lee Gebhard

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County woman has been arrested following accusations of child abuse, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Crystal Lee Gebhard, 26, is charged with felony child abuse. On June 13, the Davidson County Department of Social Services received a referral from Lexington Pediatrics in reference to a […]


Two arrested for child abuse

August 31, 2017 ·  By Jeff Bahr for


Two adults were arrested for child abuse Tuesday night after neighbors complained about the disciplining of a 9-year-old boy. Lola Bouatic, 34, and Jamar Love, 30, were arrested at about 7:30 p.m. at 2609 Sothman Drive. Bouatic is the mother of the child. Love played for the Nebraska Danger this year, but is not listed […]


Tortured and abused: hidden horror of ‘disappeared’ women in Syrian prisons

August 30, 2017 ·  By Hannah Summers for

An exhibition on 8 September in Manchester highlights the hardships faced by the Syrian women silenced in jail. Photograph: Rethink Rebuild Society

It was after travelling to Damascus to seek treatment for her sick baby that Rima Mulla Othman was arrested and incarcerated in one of Syria’s prisons. In the underground cell where she was tortured, she begged security guards to take her three-month-old son, Omar, to hospital for the medical attention he desperately needed. But her […]


If women’s rights are human rights, why do such organisations push for the decriminalisation of prostitution?

August 30, 2017 ·  By Julie Binde for

Human rights organisations' approach to the decriminalisation of prostitution helps the punters, not the workers AFP

In March last year a whistleblower inside Amnesty International leaked to me what turned out to be the final position paper supporting blanket decriminalisation of the sex trade. This position – in which support for pimps and punters superseded that of abused and marginalised women – was officially adopted in August 2016, to much fanfare […]

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