Author: Lili Smith

Revolutionary Drone Technology

A revolutionary project is currently underway in Africa. Drones are now being used to deliver healthcare supplies to people living in very remote areas of the world. The utilisation of drones for this purpose is the first of its kind and is likely to be life changing for many people

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What’s Next For Thailand?

The death of King Bhumibol of Thailand has cast a significant amount of ambiguity and uncertainty on the country’s political landscape, economy and the overall structure and stability of its society. The King was seen by many as a calming and stable influence in tumultuous times. His ruling for 70

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Deal Reached to Limit Hydrofluorocarbons

Over 200 countries have successfully negotiated a deal to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in a bid to fight climate change. The agreement was announced after discussions throughout the night in the Rwandan city of Kigali. The countries agreed to cap and reduce HFCs in a gradual process from

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Saudi-Led Airstrike On Yemen Kills 140

An airstrike has killed more than 140 people in Yemen and wounded more than 500. The attack was carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, targeting a funeral hall where mourners were gathered to remember Ali al- Rawishan, the father of Interior Minister, Galal al-Rawishan. The airstrike killed many civilians, but

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The ICC and the Case of Firsts

The case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was one of firsts for the International Criminal Court (ICC)– the first case which focused solely on cultural destruction as a war crime, the first prosecution of an Islamic militant and the first time a war crimes defendant has pleaded

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The Deficit Discourse

It seems abundantly clear with the Syrian conflict in its fifth year that Syrians will not be able to return to their homes in the near future. This has profound implications for the Syrian community, the Middle Eastern community and the global community. With the latest failed ceasefire in Syria,

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President Duterte’s ‘Necessary Evil’?

In June Rodrigo Duterte, the former Mayor of Davao, became President of the Philippines. Since then, an increase in the number of killings throughout the country has risen dramatically in a bid to solve the country’s drug problem. During Duterte’s 78 days in office, over 3 500 people have been

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UNICEF Report: The Growing Crisis For Refugee And Migrant Children

UNICEF has recently released a report entitled “Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children”. The Report highlights that 50 million children have migrated around the world or been forced into internal displacement. Of these 50 million, 28 million have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict.

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FARC And Colombian Peace Deal

Colombia and FARC, the leftist rebel group, have been engaged in war since 1964. On the 24th of August the two parties announced that they have finally achieved a peace deal. In a statement released by the spokesperson of the Secretary General of the United Nations, it was recalled that

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