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Third sector and TUC agreement on future of children's services commissioning

Children England, along with many of their member organisations and the Trades Union Congress have published a new joint agreement on the future of children's services commissioning.

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Mon Jul 28, 2014

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'Primitive' deprivation of citizenship powers come into force

New powers have come into force this week allowing the Home Secretary Theresa May to deprive naturalised Britons of their citizenship, even where doing so would render them stateless.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014

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UN renews appeal for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza leading to political talks

Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.

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Sat Jul 26, 2014

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UK must end policy of 'arms control by embarrassment', say campaigners

Following the release of the Committees on Arms Export Controls annual report, Campaign Against Arms Trade has called on the UK government to stop promoting arms sales to oppressive regimes and end its policy of "arms control by embarrassment."

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Fri Jul 25, 2014

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Spending cuts threaten safety, says Action for Rail

Government cuts to Network Rail's funding are putting the lives of both rail passengers and maintenance workers at risk, according to a report published today by the Trades Union Congress Action for Rail campaign.

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'Deeply unfair' that civil partners denied marriage ceremonies, say Quakers

News that the conversion of civil partnerships to marriage will entail an appointment at a register office and not a marriage ceremony has outraged and disappointed Quaker couples.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

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Arizona prisoner takes two hours to die in execution using experimental drugs

The state of Arizona yesterday took one hour and 57 minutes to kill a prisoner in a botched execution, which was carried out using the same combination of drugs as those used in the botched execution of an Ohio prisoner earlier this year.

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UN Rights Council agrees probe into 'war crimes' in Occupied Palestinian Territories

The United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014

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Liberty represents MPs in legal challenge to government surveillance law

Liberty, the cross-party organisation for fundamental tights and freedoms in the UK, has announced it will seek a Judicial Review of the Government's "emergency" surveillance law on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

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The NHS and the Scottish referendum

The consequences of a No vote in September's independence referendum can be envisaged no more sharply than through the lens of the NHS in Scotland.

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'Violent attacks' in Peru caused uncontacted Indians to emerge

Highly vulnerable uncontacted Indians who recently emerged in the Brazil-Peru border region have said that they were fleeing violent attacks in Peru.

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Assisted dying and the journey of discernment

"Make your mind up". "You're sitting on the fence". The culture tends to rebuke us for uncertainty.

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Mon Jul 21, 2014

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Pensions and George Osborne's memory lapse.

Has George Osborne completely forgotten the banking crisis, or has it just slipped his mind? In an interview on Radio 4 this morning he spoke of his excitement at the new products the financial services industry may invent to sell to people who will soon get access to their pension pots.

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Questions for UK Government over claims on destroyed renditions evidence

Claims made by the government that possible evidence of UK involvement in renditions held in Diego Garcia was damaged by "extremely heavy weather" last month have been questioned by legal charity Reprieve, in the light of independent weather records suggesting there was no heavy rain during the period.

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Sat Jul 19, 2014

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As violence worsens in Gaza, UN chief heads to region to help broker solution

Amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has left for the region today to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians, and to help bolster regional and international efforts for a solution.

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Related Topix: World News, Israel, Middle East, Palestinian Territories, Religion

Fri Jul 18, 2014

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Farewell to the fourth floor and the austerity agenda

At the beginning of the month, after seventeen years in local government, the last eight spent in Oxfordshire, I handed in my pass, laptop and phone and left the fourth floor for the last time.

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We need a right to live, not a right to die

A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her.

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Bring strike ballots into the modern age, says TUC

The Trades Union Congress has today written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to modernise the rules governing strike ballots and bring union voting methods into the 21st century.

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Thu Jul 17, 2014

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Quakers plan worship and protest at Farnborough International

Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside "family-friendly" air displays.

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Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in 'criminal' force-feedings

A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed.

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