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Qatar has done its best to fix migrant workers conditions

Qatar has done its best to fix migrant workers conditions

Qatar has been under fire for its record on workers rights not least since its 2022 World Cup bid came to fruition and a recent report from Amnesty International took note of the fatal impact of potentially lax health and safety has had in the construction of the stadium in the  Gulf nation. At the…

Britain’s ‘desperate’ middle-class are turning to food banks

Britain’s ‘desperate’ middle-class are turning to food banks

Food bank bosses say a growing number of middle-class Britons are coming to them in “desperate” need of help, as chancellor Rishi Sunak was urged to rethink his offer to families struggling with the cost of living crisis. Charity chiefs told The Independent they had seen a surprising rise in people with full-time jobs who cannot cope with rising energy…

New rail contract award to Go-Ahead branded ‘a sick joke’

New rail contract award to Go-Ahead branded ‘a sick joke’

The transport group Go-Ahead has been awarded a new contract to run Britain’s biggest commuter rail network – a week after being fined £23.5m for wrongly withholding £50m of taxpayers’ money on another franchise. The rail union RMT said it was a “sick joke” that the group’s Govia joint venture was given a three-year deal to continue…

Shanghai rules out full lockdown despite sharp rise in Covid cases

Shanghai rules out full lockdown despite sharp rise in Covid cases

Shanghai has recorded a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, but officials have ruled out a full lockdown over the damage it would do to the economy. Millions of Chinese in affected areas have been subjected to city-wide lockdowns by an Omicron-led outbreak that has sent daily case counts creeping ever-higher, though they remain insignificant compared…

Families want ‘Monster of Florence’ serial killer case reopened

Families want ‘Monster of Florence’ serial killer case reopened

Families of victims of a serial killer who terrorised Florence in the 1970s and 80s are demanding a new investigation into one of Italy’s darkest unsolved mysteries, a lawyer has said. Relatives of three victims have formally asked prosecutors in the Tuscan city to look afresh at potential leads into the so-called “Monster of Florence”,…

Montana sheriff thanks searchers who found body of hiker believed killed by bear

Montana sheriff thanks searchers who found body of hiker believed killed by bear

A Montana sheriff has thanked a huge search and rescue mission, involving people on the ground as well as helicopters, that discovered a missing hiker who appears to have been killed by a grizzly bear north of Yellowstone national park. “We’re fortunate to have a group of experienced volunteers on our [search and rescue] team and we’re…

How ‘ancient’ trees are critical for forest sustainability and adaptability

How ‘ancient’ trees are critical for forest sustainability and adaptability

A new report maintains that ancient trees are critical for the sustainability and adaptability of our forests worldwide. The study, headed by Chuck Cannon, Ph.D., Director of the Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Sciences in Lisle, Illinois, in the US,  concluded that these trees offer genetic diversity and evolutionary properties necessary for forest survival. Secrets…

Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

Western companies begin pulling out from Russia

An increasing number of western companies have halted their operations in Russia, are looking to divest stakes tied to Russia, and plan to exit the country for the foreseeable future, fearing the long-term impact of western sanctions on their businesses. The latest companies to announce plans to pull back from Russia include the BP energy giant, the…

UN watchdog says France violated children’s rights in Syrian camps

UN watchdog says France violated children’s rights in Syrian camps

The United Nations Child Rights Committee determined on Thursday that France had violated the rights of French children by leaving them for years in Syrian camps designated for family members of suspected jihadists. Describing the conditions in the Syrian camps as “inhuman and life-threatening”, the Committee ruled that “France has the responsibility and power to protect…

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

Armenia, an obedient satellite of Russia

On the morning of February 24, public warnings of the Western intelligence communities about the imminent invasion of Ukraine turned out to be true as Putin announced that he had launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine from three axes. The response was scathing, however. The collective West has begun to provide unprecedented assistance to…