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Senior Liberal Democrats are calling for the sacking of David Cameron’s election strategist, Lynton Crosby, over his links with the tobacco industry. The latest row over the role big money plays in politics in Downing Street follows the government’s decision to shelve plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, which prompted furious reactions from the… » read more

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The Federal Reserve introduced a new round of quantitative easing in July last year, which to simplify is basically printing money to purchase bonds, and promised to continue purchasing assets until unemployment in America has reduced. Several other central banks have stepped up efforts as well to prevent currencies from rising and all this financial… » read more

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One of the first demonstrations against President François Hollande saw few thousands march peacefully against the strict austerity measures unveiled by the Socialist government. France is the worlds’s fifth-largest economy, with subsided borrowing costs and a continuing modest household debt. Furthermore, a high birth rate coupled up with per hour worked, make French employees rather… » read more

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Political reform in Georgia

Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia on October 1st last year. The country voted in a new President, Bidzina Ivanishvili. The billionaire deserves praise for reforming the political system of a country so wrapped up in technocracy. The former ruling party, the United National Movement, led by Mikheil “Misha” Saakashvili came to power during the… » read more

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  Gruyère cheese made in France is to now be different from the trademark Swiss Gruyère. A three year long battle had ensued about who owned the rights to produce the cheese. The makers of both the French Gruyère and the Swiss Gruyère claimed the mark of quality, the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, an official mark… » read more

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Putin in India

President Vladimir Putin has signed £1.8bn of new defence deals on his first official trip to India since being re-elected at the Kremlin. Embarking on the trip expressing his desire to increase bilateral trade between the two nations, he held talks with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about national security in Afghanistan. India has… » read more

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  The first of this month marked the 25th World AIDS Day, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the illness. Aiming to spread positive messages of scientific breakthroughs in treatment, the 1st of December also signifies to the public and the British government that the fight against HIV is far from over. AIDS has… » read more

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Forced marriages are rife in Britain and by 2013 it could possibly become a criminal act to marry an individual against their will. In order to prevent forced marriages from occurring in the country it is important to educate British society about negative impacts the situation has on the young person, from health to educational… » read more

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  Aung San Suu Kyi was released from her fifteen year long house arrest on 13 November 2010, a move which has seen sanctions against Burma being eased. Detained by the previous military regime, Suu Kyi’s release saw the Burmese government freeing some political prisoners and legalising certain amnesty and trade unions. There does not… » read more

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  A lot has been debated in the media about the influence the ethnic minority has had on the recent US elections; Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and African Americans currently makeup about 20 % of the population. Winning the popular vote with a margin of almost three million votes has been no easy feat for… » read more

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