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Almost 36m people live in modern slavery – report

December 2, 2014 · 

Nearly 36 million people worldwide, or 0.5% of the world’s population, live as slaves, a survey by anti-slavery campaign group Walk Free says.
The group’s Global Slavery Index says India has the most slaves overall and Mauritania has the highest percentage.

The total is 20% higher than for 2013 because of better methodology.
The report defines slaves as people subject to forced labour, debt bondage, trafficking, sexual exploitation for money and forced or servile marriage.

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Women workers stand up to violence

December 1, 2014 · 

Published 30 November 2014           The 25th of November was theInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Globally, 35% of women and girls experience some physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, while in some countries this figure is as high as 70%. Women workers and unions are fully […]

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Chinese coal mines continue to kill scores of workers

December 1, 2014 · 

Published 30 November 2014           This week saw two major accidents at Chinese coal mines. The first one was at a State-owned coal mine of the Hengda Mining Company, in Liaoning province. Accumulated coal dust ignited a fire in which 24 miners were killed and more than 50 injured. A day […]

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India: 15-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Burnt Alive in Revenge Attack

November 27, 2014 · 

A fifteen-year-old girl has died in northern India, a week after a gang of men set her alight, after she resisted their attempts to molest her.

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Pope Francis: Address to European Parliament – full text

November 27, 2014 · 

A Europe which is no longer open to the transcendent dimension of life is a Europe which risks slowly losing its own soul and that “humanistic spirit” which it still loves and defends.

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Sex traffickers ‘using Facebook’ to lure victims

November 27, 2014 · 

LONDON — Gangs are using social media sites such as Facebook to lure young women into crime and prostitution, the head of European policing agency Europol said Tuesday.

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Polluting factories cost Europe $235 billion

November 26, 2014 · 

By Ivana Kottasova    @ivanakottasova  November 25, 2014: 11:42 AM ET Air pollution costs Europe up to $235 billion a year — roughly the GDP of Connecticut. A report by the European Environmental Agency released on Tuesday considers the dangers of air pollution — including premature deaths, medical costs, lost work days, infrastructure damage and lost […]

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Soft drink firms still target kids, report finds

November 26, 2014 · 

Maggie Fox NBC News Soft drink makers have kept some of their promises to cut back marketing to kids, but they’re still spending enormous amounts of money selling sugary drinks, a new study finds. Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013. That’s four times as much as they spent advertising pure […]

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Yorkshire Muslim teenage girl tells of grooming ordeal

November 26, 2014 · 

24 November 2014 Last updated at 10:53 GMT A report recently lifted the lid on the sexual exploitation of at least 1,400 children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin. Although most of the victims were white, some were also Asian and one teenage Muslim girl […]

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Hellhole in Manila

November 24, 2014 · 

EDITORIAL Hellhole in Manila Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:32 AM | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 Horror stories keep piling up about the Manila shelter for street kids that’s been described as run like a “concentration camp.” That’s a loaded, incendiary phrase that should not be bandied about lightly, conjuring as it does the particular horror of […]

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