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Owners of New Zealand volcano that fatally erupted deny responsibility for visitor safety

White Island/Whakaari volcano exploded in 2019, prompting debate over natural hazard tourismThe landowners of a New Zealand volcano that fatally erupted in 2019 have rejected arguments from the country’s workplace safety regulator that they ultimately …

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Gangs forcing hundreds of thousands of people into cybercrime in south-east Asia, says UN

Organised criminals use threats, torture and sexual violence to coerce victims to work in international scamming operations Hundreds of thousands of people have been trafficked and forced to work for online scamming operations in south-east Asia run by…

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How many more poor child workers must die in Pakistan before change happens? | Zofeen T Ebrahim

Graphic videos of the last hours of 10-year-old Fatima Furiro have highlighted once again the abuse faced by child workersThe death of 10-year-old Fatima Furiro would have passed sadly but quietly had it not been for the two graphic videos that turned …

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Serious Fraud Office drops 10-year corruption inquiry into Kazakh miner ENRC

UK agency also shuts other high-profile cases including Rio Tinto investigationThe UK’s Serious Fraud Office has abandoned a criminal investigation into the Kazakh mining group ENRC, ending a decade-long corruption inquiry mired in controversy.The SFO …

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Student’s sexual assault and murder shows women’s safety in India ‘not a priority’

Despite reforms, campaigners say Mumbai killing proves lack of progress in protecting students since 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rapeThe list of complaints made by female students living at the women’s hostel in the south of Mumbai is depressingly long and go…

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Sexual violence is junta’s ‘modus operandi’, Myanmar activist tells UN

People are united to end military dictatorship but international support is needed, Naw Hser Hser saysThe crisis in Myanmar should be referred to the international criminal court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including widespread sexual v…

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Ukraine and Myanmar make 2022 most violent year in a decade for medical staff

Report demands accountability for war crimes and singles out Russia for ‘mind-boggling’ targeting of hospitals in Ukraine Russian attacks on medical facilities in Ukraine made 2022 the most violent year in a decade for hospitals and health workers oper…

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‘Now I am happy’: a woman’s 10-year fight for justice against gang-rapists

After a decade of delays and threats, Amena was the last of seven rape survivors resolved to fight. The verdict has been welcomed by Muslims facing increasing discrimination in IndiaOn a hot and quiet afternoon, a woman lies on a wooden charpoy under a…

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Fighting giants: eco-activist Vandana Shiva on her battle against GM multinationals

The formidable Indian environmentalist discusses her 50-year struggle to protect seeds and farmers from the ‘poison cartel’ of corporate agricultureYou don’t have to look very far to find the essence of life, says Vandana Shiva. But in a society caught…

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