Vanessa Smart

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    Mexico police rescues over 450 abused children held captive in orphanage‏

    La Gran Familia (the Big Family), an orphanage in the Mexican city of Zamora was today raided by the police after investigations found children in the home were forced to beg for money and endure sexual abuse. Tomas Ceron de Lucio, from the Mexican Agency for Criminal Investigation, revealed that the children...

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    US considers talks with Iran over security situation in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering ta...

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    West Africa Ebola virus on high alert, British personnel evacuated

    British mining staff in Sierra Leone have been evacuated after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. The Ebola virus is believed to be highly contagious and kills up to 90 per cent of those it infects. Although no cure or vaccine for it has been developed so far,...

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    Experts warn WHO not to “control and suppress” e-cigarettes

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been warned by scientists to “resist the urge to control and suppress e-cigarettes”, arguing that these safer nicotine products could be part of the solution to reduce non-communicable diseases. A group of 53 leading experts from 15 countries have urged the WHO to reconsider its stance...

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    South Korean PM Chung Hong-Won resigns over ferry disaster

    South Korean prime minister Chung Hong-Won has resigned over claims that his government did not take appropriate action following the 16th April ferry disaster. The families of those on board the ferry have criticised Mr Hong-Won for what they believe to be a slow recovery operation. In a brief televised statement, the...

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    Forest fires destroy 1,000 homes in Chile and kill 12

    A large forest fire has killed 12 people  and dest...

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    BMA proposes to ban cigarettes for those born in the 21st century

    In a bid to eradicate smoking from Britain doctors have urged the British Medical Association (BMA) to lobby government for a total ban on sale of cigarettes to anyone born after the year 2000. Dr Tim Crocker-Buqué, a registrar from East London with the NHS, has warned of the severe dangers of...

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    EDF lied about Dungeness nuclear plant safety

    Energy giant EDF failed to properly inform the public after i...

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    Michael Gove criticises David Cameron’s Etonian inner circle of advisers

    The education secretary, Michael Gove has criticised the UK government for the “preposterous” number of Etonions in the Prime Minister’s inner circle. Gove commented that four people in the exclusive group all went to the same private school, Eton, and describes the expensively educated inner circle as “ridiculous”. “It doesn’t make me...

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    Fast-track drugs NHS scheme launched for severely ill

    The Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) was launched by the government for patients with life-threatening or debilitating conditions, allowing them access to unlicensed medication that could be beneficial to them. Drugs that are not yet fully authorised could be accessed by patients in the United Kingdom through the NHS. If a...