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American seeks speedy ruling on ‘tanim-bala’ case

November 27, 2015 · 

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The American national accused of sneaking a bullet into the airport—but who later complained of extortion and helped put the alleged “tanim-bala” (bullet-planting) scam in the national limelight—asked a Pasay City court on Wednesday to speed up the resolution of the case against him, saying it had taken its toll on his health and his […]

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Smacking children ‘creates cycle of violence’

November 23, 2015 ·  By BBC News for www.bbc.com

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Academics have called for a ban on smacking after finding “compelling” evidence that it creates a “vicious circle” of conflict and violence that carries on into adulthood. The researchers, commissioned by Scots charities, examined 74 studies done across the world in the past decade. They concluded that smacking was associated with increased childhood aggression and […]

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INDIA : This is no storm in a teacup By Harsh Mander (The Hindu via CNUA).

November 11, 2015 · 

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A largely invisible, grim, humanitarian crisis, of mounting hunger, looms over several thousand North Bengal tea garden workers. Duncans, a leading tea company with 15 plantations in Darjeeling and the Himalayan foothills, has plunged its workers into a precarious state of illegal limbo. It has neither formally closed its gardens nor is it running operations […]

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Cannes: Hollywood paedophilia documentary is ‘the tip of the iceberg’

November 11, 2015 · 

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The makers of An Open Secret, a documentary about Hollywood paedophile rings, on the struggle to get their film seen The producer of a documentary about Hollywood paedophile rings has had to personally bankroll the film’s release after no major American distribution company would touch it. Gabe Hoffman, the executive producer of An Open Secret, […]

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A savior for malnourished children.

November 9, 2015 · 

Will he still be alive by Monday?” Luzviminda Quidet asked village health workers. Luzviminda was referring to her grandson, Shalimar, who was then a year and 11 months old. The 56-year-old grandmother had just been told to bring Shalimar to the barangay health center because he had Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). It was a Friday, […]

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Frame-ups and extortion is a common crime in Philippine airports.

November 3, 2015 ·  By Editha.Z.Cadyaya for www.rappler.com

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vows to lawyer for victims and appeals directly to President Benigno Aquino III to step-in. The appeal was in response to a plea from a Netherlands based Filipino about to come home but was afraid of falling victim to a bullet-planting scam in the Philippines’ international airport. The Aviation Security […]

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Paedophile avoids jail after offering to ‘share’ unborn baby with other perverts

October 30, 2015 ·  By Adam Withnall for www.independent.co.uk

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A man who distributed graphic images of child sex abuse and offered to “share” his own unborn baby with other paedophiles has walked free from court. Nathan Green avoided prison at Gloucester Crown Court despite sending and receiving graphic images of very young children and being “open about his perversions”. Police took Green’s child into […]

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The Vanishing Filipino Overseas Workers.

October 29, 2015 ·  By Annie Kelly and Hazel Thompson for www.theguardian.com

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Two years ago, Marilyn Porras Restor kissed her three children goodbye, wiped away their tears and told them she’d try to come home again soon. She left the family house, in a dusty neighbourhood in the city of General Santos in the Philippines, as she had done many times before. Only this time, she never […]

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Processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes – WHO

October 27, 2015 ·  By Sarah Boseley Health Editor for www.theguardian.com

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UN health body says bacon, sausages and ham among most carcinogenic substances along with cigarettes, alcohol, asbestos and arsenic Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco. The report […]

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Foreword by Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

October 22, 2015 ·  By www.gov.uk

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As the first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner I have been afforded an immense responsibility and duty in spearheading the United Kingdom’s response to modern slavery. Modern slavery in the year 2015 exists in a wide variety of brutal forms, including forced and bonded labour, child slavery, early and forced marriage and all forms of trafficking in […]

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