Vietnamese barge people: living to tell the narrative

None of these people would be alive if, in October 1978, a Scottish cargo ship hadnt stopped in the South China Sea to rescue 346 refugees from a stricken fishing boat. Chris McGreal tells a remarkable story If it hadnt been for his father, Craig Holmes might never have returned the graduation ring given to […]

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Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof’s rival EU referendum flotillas conflict on the Thames

Ukip leaders fleet drenches rock starrings boat blaring out The In Crowd as campaign stunt on EU fishing policy turns to mayhem The Brexit battle took to the waves on Wednesday as Nigel Farage and Bob Geldof hijacked rival Thames cruiser barges for a campaign stunt about EU fishing policy that promptly turned to mayhem. […]

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Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble | Joris Luyendijk

Who would sacrifice EU citizenship for life in a country we now know could turn on us at any moment? It stimulates sense to get ahead of the returning herd It will not happen in spectacular styles, so do not expect TV footage of hordes of well-heeled EU nationals making for Heathrow airport or the […]

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Folding bike helmet wins James Dyson design award

International prize goes to US designer who was worried about use bike-hire strategies without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28 -year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with […]

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Why is Saudi Arabia under flame over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?

The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has quite rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it would appear it has not jeopardised any of the multibillion-dollar arms deals between […]

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International prize goes to US designer who was worried about using bike-hire schemes without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28-year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with the […]

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‘Coral bleaching is getting worse … but the biggest problem is pollution’

Conservationists are battling to save the 700 -mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean suffering the effects of mass tourism and global warming The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest hurdle reef in the western hemisphere- an underwater wilderness stretching over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. One of the […]

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The country set to cash in on climate change

Record temperatures threaten traditional ways of life in Greenland but as the sea ice retreats, new mining, fishing and tourism investments possibilities are helping communities to adapt Asked if he is fearful about the impact of climate change, Tnnes Kaka Berthelsens response is typical of many Greenlanders. We are more concerned about the Maldives, he […]

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Arctic petroleum rushing: Nenets’ livelihood and habitat at risk from oil spills

An oil terminal to be built in northern Russia where the river Yenisei satisfies the Arctic Ocean lacks the technology to deal with petroleum spills, tell environmentalists The livelihood of the Nenets people who live along the northern stretchings of the Yenisei, Russias longest river, depends on two quests: fishing and reindeer herding. But locals […]

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Far-right party still resulting in Dutch polls, despite leader’s criminal remorse

Geert Wilders has held on to his supporters in the Netherlands, despite a discrimination conviction Volendam is a village of clogs, canals, cheese and indignation. A former angling village-turned-tourist-haven north-east of Amsterdam on the Markermeer lake, it offered one of the countrys strongest turnouts for far-right populist Geert Wilders the last period the country went […]

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