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UK child sex trafficking soars, says National Crime Agency

Source : RT / 19 Feb 2014

Child sex abuse, human trafficking among minors and adults and cases of domestic slavery all saw sharp increases last year, says the National Crime Agency amidst calls for end to modern slavery.

British police identified 450 potential child victims who were either smuggled into the country or moved around it, the NCA show.

 

Economists divided over 40-hour working week in Saudi Arabia

Source : Saudi Gazette / 10 Feb 2014

A number of economic experts have criticized proposals to reduce working hours in the private sector, Al-Madinah daily reported.

Some have stressed that it is important to reduce working hours, others believe businesses have the right to ask their employees to work certain hours, while the rest said reducing working hours should be based on the type of business.

 

U.N.: More children dying in Afghan violence

Source : AP / 10 Feb 2014

The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 percent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations said Saturday.

Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 percent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12-year war for civilians.

 

More than half of Russians support Putin: Poll

Source : Presstv / 31 Jan 2014

A recent opinion poll has revealed that more than half of Russian nationals support President Vladimir Putin.

According to the survey conducted between December 24 and 26 last year by the Russian non-governmental polling and sociological research organization Levada-Center with a sampling of 1,603 Russian adults, the findings of which were released on January 27, 56 percent of the respondents said they are opposed to Putin’s resignation.

 

Police across the country record surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2013

By Chris Richards / Mirror.co.uk

In May alone - the month when two extremists murdered soldier Lee Rigby in London - the Metropolitan Police recorded 104 Islamophobic offences

Hate crimes against Muslims rocketed across the country this year.

From January to mid-November 2013, the UK's biggest police force, the Metropolitan Police, recorded 500 Islamophobic offences - up from 336 in 2012 and 318 in 2011.

 

Americans say Congress is the worst in recent history, Obama's no good - poll

Source : Voice of Russia / 27 Dec 2013

US citizens gave a strict verdict on the 113th Congress as its first year is to close soon. A vast majority of Americans say it has been the worst in their lifetime, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.

Two-thirds of Americans say Congress is the least productive in recent history, with 73 percent saying lawmakers have done nothing to address the nation’s problems, the poll revealed.

 

Syria most dangerous country for media in 2013

Source : Reuters / 21 Dec 2013

A total of 126 journalists and other media workers around the world have died on the job this year, with Syria the most dangerous place to work for the second year in a row, the International News Safety Institute said on Friday.

That was 21 fewer than last year, but INSI said the incidence of kidnappings and disappearances was rising.

 

Turkish economy grows 4.4%, beating analysts' outlook

Source : AFP / 13 Dec 2013

The Turkish economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, official data showed on Tuesday.

The figure, which compares with the same quarter of 2012, was higher than the market consensus of around 4.0 percent.

 

The Rohingya and the OIC: A voice against the ethnic cleansing?

Source : Aysenur Goksen / 18 Nov 2013

A delegation composed of the members from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led by Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and seven foreign ministers from member states, including Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday and travelled to Arakan State the following day. During the visit, which was due to start on Thursday, the OIC delegation is expected to visit the camps where the Rohingya Muslims live, meet representatives from humanitarian aid organizations and community leaders of both religious groups, and hold meetings with local and national authorities, including the country's vice president, Nyan Tun and foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin. The purpose of the visit was mainly to discuss the torture and repression faced by the Rohingya Muslims in the Arakan State.

 

2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon

By Alister Doyle and Michael Szabo / 15 Nov 2013

This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov. 11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

 
 

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