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Social mobility hindered by ‘culture of inequality’ in school system – peers

Lords report says curriculum focuses too much on academic route, leaving those who do not go to university unprepared for world of work<p>Social mobility in Britain is hampered by a “culture of inequality” that penalises school leavers who enter the workforce rather than higher education, according to …

Likely impact of latest UN sanctions on North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — New sanctions on North Korea imposed by the U.N. Security Council are the toughest in two decades. The measures in response to the North's recent nuclear test and rocket launch will chip away at its limited trade and economic ties, to the extent they are implemented. But North Korea is …

North Korea

Dementia cure may be just five years away, says world expert

As he steps down as chairman of the World Dementia Council, Dr Dennis Gillings says he is optimistic that the first cure to halt or reverse the disease is on the horizon<p>A cure for dementia could be found within five years, the leader of the global council on the disease has said.<p>Dr Dennis Gillings, …

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Global unemployment to rise by 3.4 million in two years, report says

International Labour Organization predicts joblessness will surpass 200 million by end of 2017 for the first time on record<p>More than 3 million people will become unemployed worldwide in the next two years, making existing jobs vulnerable and fuelling potential social unrest as the global economy …

China

China leader vows to respect free navigation in disputed sea

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping on Saturday promised to safeguard freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, where tensions have flared over overlapping claims and the U.S. Navy's moves to challenge Beijing's massive island building.<p>Speaking at the Institute of Southeast Asian …

US overtakes Caymans and Singapore as haven for assets of super-rich

But financial secrecy index report notes if UK and affiliated tax havens such as Jersey were treated as one, it would top the list<p>The US has overtaken Singapore, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands as an attractive haven for super-rich individuals and businesses looking to shelter assets behind a …

NASA reveals that Antarctica is actually gaining more ice than it is losing

Antarctica's ice floes have been found to be growing faster than they are shrinking despite fears over global warming<p>NASA scientists have shattered the conventional wisdom that Antarctica's ice surface is shrinking and revealed that the amount of ice is in fact growing.<p>Though accepting that …

Blood cells, honed in the lab to kill cancer, lead to four-year remissions

Three of 14 leukemia patients are in complete remission<p>Four years after being treated with modified versions of their own blood cells, three of 14 cancer patients are in complete remission. And they haven’t had any additional treatment in that time.<p>The report published in <i>Science Translational</i> …

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Once we start editing our genes, where do we stop?

'Genomics' could cure all sorts of diseases - but could also create designer babies. We must debate the implications while we still have time<p>What is the essence of being a human? Is it our thoughts, our emotions? Are we defined by what we do, our achievements; our great successes and failures? Or …

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China shows off secret 'carrier-killer' missile at Victory Day parade

As anticipated, China trotted out its Dongfeng-21D, or DF-21D, anti-ship missile at its Victory Day parade on Thursday.<p>Dongfeng translates to "East …

Speaking about religion becoming an ‘act of courage’ in secular age – Chief Rabbi and Cardinal

Faith being sidelined in debates such as assisted dying, say Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as they visit Pope Francis<p>Publicly identifying with any religion has become an “act of courage” in many western countries because believers are now routinely assumed to be “naive, …

Police: Bangkok bomb suspect was carrying explosives formula

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thai police have said a second suspect arrested in connection with last month's deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine was carrying a piece of paper with a chemical formula used to make explosives written on it.<p>Speaking Thursday, National Police spokesman Prawut Thavonsiri said they believe the …

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