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Threat of expulsion hangs over thousands of Eritreans who sought refuge in Israel and the US

Bahabolom must be one of the luckiest men alive. Now in Switzerland, granted refugee status, and studying French and German, his extraordinary …

Refugees

Myanmar and Bangladesh strike a shameful deal on Rohingya refugees

Many Rohingya people who have fled the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar are now living as refugees in Bangladesh. And now, the two countries have …

Refugees

Keeping staff satisfied really is good business, says new study

Imagine sitting down to your business meeting in a ball-pool room with multi-coloured walls and bean bags instead of chairs. If that’s not crazy …

The Workplace

Why doctors need to improve the way we discuss assisted dying

Assisted dying can be a divisive and polarising subject. But there is one aspect on which most people probably agree – the need to improve the …

Health Care

Dolly the sheep didn't develop premature arthritis after all – and that's good news for cloning

Dolly the sheep was just six and a half years old when she died, over half the age most sheep live to. Yet despite her relative youth, she was also …

Genetics

Five years after deadly factory fire, Bangladesh's garment workers are still vulnerable

Exactly five years ago, in November 2012, a fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh killed at least 112 workers. Probably caused by a …

Brutal

Beware the Nursery Gender Police: why Church guidance on homophobic and transphobic bullying falls short

The Church of England says that all children should be able to dress up in tutus or superhero suits without comment or criticism. But what stops boys …

Gender

Exercise alone does not lead to weight loss in women – in the medium term

Knowing whether or not exercise causes people to lose weight is tricky. When people take up exercise, they often restrict their diet – consciously or …

Weight Loss

Four things the Catalan crisis can teach us about social unity

The Catalan crisis has made headlines numerous times around the world over the past few months. It has sparked heated arguments between …

Multiculturalism

No Stone Unturned and why Irish nationalism makes for better cinema than the loyalist cause

The new film from acclaimed documentary-maker Alex Gibney, No Stone Unturned, has been shocking audiences across the world since its release.<p>The …

Ireland

It’s great that Blue Planet II is pushing hard on plastic pollution in the oceans – but please use facts, not conjecture

Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, and joy – Ralph Waldo Emerson.<p>On Sunday night we gasped in awe at the latest …

David Attenborough

The psychology of Black Friday – how pride and regret influence spending

Black Friday is upon us once again. Deals for cut-price clothes, televisions, appliances – you name it – are popping up. And for a limited time only. …

Emotions

UK is out of the International Court of Justice – and it's hard not see Brexit at play

The UN has used its first opportunity since the Brexit referendum to send a powerful message. In a significant diplomatic setback, UK judge …

Brexit

UK is out of the International Court of Justice – and it's hard to not see Brexit at play

The UN has used its first opportunity since the Brexit referendum to send a powerful message. In a significant diplomatic setback, UK judge …

Brexit

David Willetts interview: 'We need a broader view of what constitutes a good university'

<i>David Willetts was minister for universities and science in the coalition government from 2010 to 2014, when the cap on tuition fees was raised to</i> …

Education

How mobster Salvatore Riina helped motivate a fightback against the mafia

Salvatore “Toto” Riina, once leader of the Sicilian mafia, has died in a prison hospital at the age of 87. In Italy, reaction to his death has been …

Crime

Reading my grandad's Blitz reporting makes it all the sadder to see social history repeat itself

In one way, London saw the Blitz coming. Cities knew that the existence of bombers would bring this war right to them. From now on, war would mean …

Grenfell Tower

Jack the Ripper and the commodification of sexual violence

More men are victims of murder than women in the UK. Yet the media reporting and fictional representations of murder have a tendency to suggest …

Feminism

Why saving our blue planet may lie in the hands of citizen scientists

Some 95% of the ocean is completely unexplored, unseen by human eyes. That naturally means that there are many marine environments that we don’t know …

Oceans

When Britain can deport EU citizens – according to the law

Despite the fact that EU citizens enjoy the right to move to and live in other member states, the UK government has recently ramped up efforts to …

Brexit

Three or four cups of coffee a day does you more good than harm – our new study suggests

Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows. …

Research

Ratko Mladić: orchestrator of the brutal siege of Sarajevo

Ratko Mladić’s sentencing for genocide in Srebrenica will doubtless be the headline in the plethora of press coverage that has accompanied judgment …

Syria

For LGBTI employees, working overseas can be a lonely, frustrating and even dangerous experience

As the number of workers taking international assignments increases, companies have more responsibility to look after their LGBTI employees who face …

LGBTQ

Thunderstorms create radioactivity, scientists discover

Thunder and lightning have sparked awe and fear in humans since time immemorial. In both modern and ancient cultures, these natural phenomena are …

Physics

Ratko Mladić's conviction and why the evidence of mass graves still matters

Ratko Mladić has been convicted of genocide and persecution, extermination, murder and the inhumane act of forcible transfer in the area of …

Determine

Budget 2017 fails to reset or rebalance anaemic UK economy

Given the May government’s weakness and instability, and the ongoing toxic, Brexit-laced personal and political divisions within the cabinet, not …

Economics

Responsible chocolate is about protecting both forests and cocoa farmers’ livelihoods

Chocolate lovers probably don’t want any new reasons to feel guilty about eating chocolate. But there is growing public awareness of the impact of …

Agriculture

Brexit could kill the precautionary principle – here's why it matters so much for our environment

The world is witnessing an increase in the number and severity of hurricanes, droughts, floods and famines. A significant part of this is …

Environment

Budget 2017: experts respond

The UK chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, has delivered a budget which offered help to first-time home buyers and the prospect of more …

Economics

Should we be ashamed to watch a Kevin Spacey movie?

Enjoying the work of Kevin Spacey the actor doesn’t make you a bad person. Even now, knowing what you’ve read about him in the media, you are under …

Kevin Spacey