News archive from 18 October 2015

Refugee children in Kos held in 'medieval' conditions

Refugee children in Kos held in 'medieval' conditions

A British woman who has been helping refugees on the Greek island of Kos has said it is "horrific" that children are being held in prison cells. Rachel Miller, 39, from Nottingham, has travelled to the island with donations from Britain to...

BBC, 00:02 in Regional
 

Prospect of TTIP already undermining EU food standards, say campaigners

EU negotiators will resume controversial trade talks with the US on Monday amid claims that multinational companies have jumped the gun in advance of any agreement to import goods that are currently banned – including genetically modified crops and...

 

The northern powerhouse needs science as much as trains

As a nation, our productivity has stalled. This stagnation directly affects the nation’s financial health and our citizens’ quality of life. As the government ponders where to wield the axe on departmental budgets in the run-up to the comprehensive...

 
Wayne Rooney hits out at his critics as Manchester United striker moves behind Alan Shearer in Premier League scorers list

Wayne Rooney hits out at his critics as Manchester United striker moves behind Alan Shearer in Premier...

Wayne Rooney hit back at critics who have questioned his scoring record after grabbing his first away league goal in 11 months to help Manchester United to a 3-0 win at Everton. Rooney, England’s record goalscorer but struggling in the Premier League...

Daily Mail, 00:09 in Sport
 

So what does Europe really think about the Brexit debate?

GERMANY Angela Merkel is the EU’s paramount leader, Germany its dominant power. Merkel’s position, both in terms of what she will countenance and also as mediator, will go some way to fixing the outcome – but perhaps not as much as Downing Street...

 

Kowtowing to China’s despots is morally wrong and makes no economic sense

Chinese culture is amazing. Chinese people are creative, entrepreneurial, inspiring. I know from my experience and from friends, whose judgment I trust completely, that China is a great and special country that we should be happy and proud to engage...

 
Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'

Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'

Image copyright PA The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on...

BBC, 00:10 in World News
 

How 555 nights in jail helped to make Paul Verlaine a ‘prince of poets’

Sitting in prison cell number 252 in Mons city jail, Paul Verlaine, the then little-known French poet, drew sketches and composed what many literary critics consider to be his finest poetry. Unlike his contemporary and friend Oscar Wilde, who was...

 
How China guards the Xi creation myth

How China guards the Xi creation myth

Image copyright AP As a teenager living under Chairman Mao's rule, China's President Xi Jinping spent years living in a countryside cave. It is possibly the most positive chapter of his life - but it is a story being gently eroded by the paranoia of...

BBC, 00:10 in World News
 

What’s driving the young lone wolves who are stalking the streets of Israel?

The last moments of Mohammed Ali’s life provide few clues to his motivation. He is barely visible at first in the video footage taken outside the Damascus Gate of the Old City, sitting against a wall next to a group of Israeli border police in their...

 

The Observer view on the EU’s wrong-headed wooing of Turkey

The alarming ramifications of Europe’s chronic cluelessness over the migrant crisis were illustrated last week by something that did not happen in Brussels: the European commission’s annual progress report on Turkey’s EU membership application, due...

 

Of gods and men: how ancient Egypt was the crucible for multiple faiths

A trail-blazing British Museum exhibition about religion in Egypt after the fall of the pharaohs is to shine a light for the first time on an overlooked and difficult truth: how much the great world faiths and mythologies borrowed from each other and...

 

How the Church of England and the British government fell out over the ‘moral crisis’ of refugees

Hundreds of people held a candlelit vigil outside parliament last Tuesday evening to demand “1000b4Xmas” – a campaign for 1,000 refugees from Syria to be resettled in the UK between now and Christmas Day. Among them were three Church of England...

 

Observer wins anti-slavery media award

Guardian and Observer reporter Annie Kelly and Mei-Ling McNamara have won the award for Best Investigative Article or Broadcast News Dealing with Child Trafficking at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards for their Observer article: “3,000 children...

 

Ebola has almost gone, but life is still desperate in Sierra Leone

Exactly a year ago, I first wrote in these pages. At the time, Ebola had devastated not just my life but all of Kenema, my city. Now, I am thankful still to be able to tell my story and Ebola has almost gone. But the hard truth is that it will take us...

 


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