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New studies find coffee drinkers live longer and more disease free

July 12, 2017 ·  By

One study found those drinking thee cups of coffee daily had a 18 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease.
Edwina Pickles

Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health. The studies examined the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who were tracked over many years. They found that coffee-drinking reduced the risk of various diseases among people from […]


Since Sandy Hook, an American Kid Has Died by a Gun Every Other Day

July 12, 2017 ·  By POLLY DEFRANK and MIKE BRUNKER for

The families of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School after the mass shooting. ADREES LATIF / Reuters file

There are at least 555 reasons to ask whether American children are safer from gun violence today than they were three years ago, when the unthinkable happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. That’s how many kids under the age of 12 have died from gunshots — both intentional and accidental — since Adam Lanza stormed […]


NI child re-offending rate is 90% after custodial sentence

July 12, 2017 ·  By Northern Ireland for


Nine out of 10 children in Northern Ireland who serve a custodial sentence after breaking the law re-offend within a year of being released. A report by the Audit Office also reveals that it costs £324,000 a year to keep a young person in custody. The report says repeat offenders are responsible for 72% of […]


Rio’s Valongo slave wharf becomes Unesco heritage site

July 11, 2017 ·  By Latin America & Caribbean for

The old stone wharf is now inland, after successive land reclamation projects in Rio

A wharf in Rio de Janeiro where nearly a million African slaves are estimated to have landed has been declared a World Heritage site by the UN cultural organisation, Unesco. The Valongo wharf operated for three centuries and became the biggest entry point for African slaves in Brazil. Its remains were discovered during renovation work […]


Bad blood between Japan and Korea persists

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for

The statue of a Comfort Woman stands as a constant sign of protest

In August the countries around the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to end the Second World War – and already that anniversary is re-opening old wounds. If you doubt the strength of feeling that still exists against Japan, just go to the Japanese embassy in the South Korean capital. All embassies […]


‘Comfort women’: Researchers claim first known film

July 11, 2017 ·  By Asia for

The issue has long been a strain on ties between South Korea and Japan

South Korea has released what it says is the first known footage of “comfort women” forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Filmed by US troops in China, the clip was found by government-funded researchers at Seoul National University in US archives. The 18-second clip shows several women lined […]


El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth

July 10, 2017 ·  By Nina Lakhani for

Salvadoran women take part in a demonstration to demand the decriminalisation of abortion in San Salvador on 23 February 2017. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A high school student was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder, after giving birth in a bathroom in 2016 Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, 19, from a small rural community in Cuscatlán, eastern El Salvador, was convicted on the grounds that failing to seek antenatal care amounted to murder. […]


Untreatable gonorrhoea ‘superbug’ spreading around world, WHO warns

July 10, 2017 ·  By James Rudd and agencies for

The WHO estimates 78 million people a year get gonorrhoea, an STD that can infect the genitals, rectum and throat. Photograph: Dr. David M. Phillips/Getty Images/Visuals Unlimited

World Health Organization tells of ‘very serious situation’ after confirming three known cases where all antibiotics were ineffective Untreatable strains of gonorrhoea are on the rise, the World Health Organization has warned, fuelling fears that last-resort drugs will soon be futile after three confirmed cases in which antibiotics were ineffective. Gonorrhoea is the second most […]


Secretary of State Tillerson “Some of the Most Devastating Examples of Sex Trafficking are Brought on by Authority Figures”

July 10, 2017 ·  By Jon Robberson for

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that some of the most devastating examples of sex trafficking are brought on by authority figures that should be working to protect members of society especially the most vulnerable such as children. Unfortunately, when most people think about the business of kids being sold as sex slaves […]


Call for a ban on child sex robots

July 7, 2017 ·  By Jane Wakefield, Technology Reporter for

Abyss makes dolls for clients around the world, but does not release figures on how many it sells

There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said. Prof Noel Sharkey said that society as a whole needed to consider the impact of all types of sex robots. His Foundation for Responsible Robotics has conducted a […]

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