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UK Home Office loses 150,000 arrest records due to tech problem

According to The Times, 150,000 arrest records were accidentally erased - including fingerprint, DNA and arrest histories.
second COVID lockdown, WHO

China begins second COVID lockdown of 22 million people

As new cases rise to 138, China begins a second COVID lockdown for certain regions - impacting a population of 22 million people, just as the WHO team arrives to study the virus.
abortion pill access, abortion

US Supreme Court makes abortion pill access more difficult

The Trump administration issued a request to the Supreme Court for abortion pill access to undergo restrictions - meaning that patients will have to pickup the drug in person, during the COVID-19 crisis.
abortion services in northern ireland, ireland

UK Government taken to court over abortion services in Northern Ireland

A Northern Irish human rights group are taking the UK Government to court, for failing to enforce abortion services in Northern Ireland after the pandemic - one year after abortion was legalised.
uk's pandemic policies, committee

UK’s pandemic policy described as not “the best in the world”

The science and technology committee report describes the outcome of the UK's pandemic policies as not the "best in the world" via an assessment of how science guided decision-making.
negative covid-19 test, travel

Negative COVID-19 test will now be required to enter UK

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that any arrivals to the UK must present a negative COVID-19 test or face a fine of £500.
britain's courthouses, courtroom

Only 2% of Britain’s courthouses are fully accessible

In April 2020, the EHRC found that people with disabilities may struggle with pandemic adjustments to legal proceedings - but just how accessible were Britain's courthouses, before COVID-19?
tier 4 restrictions, south east

UK brings in Tier 4 restrictions for South East and London

As of midnight tonight (20 December), London and the South East will enter strict Tier 4 restrictions - which includes no household mixing over Christmas, and no commuting to work.
migrants with disabilities, mental health problems

How can Europe protect migrants with disabilities and mental health problems?

Mental Health Europe point out that the New Pact on Migration and Asylum leaves behind migrants with disabilities and mental health problems, suggesting how this oversight could be resolved.
dairy industry, plants

Circular economy in the dairy industry: Processing wastes to P-rich bio-based fertilisers

Sergio Ponsá talks about the valorization of the wastes generated by the dairy industry to recover phosphorous, a relevant macronutrient for plant growth that currently depends on a critical raw material.
disparities in STEM, racial

New data examines the racial disparities in STEM education

The University of Illinois found that disparities in STEM could be linked to student experiences of racial microaggressions, making it difficult to continue a STEM education.
online harms regulation, child

UK online harms regulation delayed until 2023 by Facebook threat

In 2018 the UK proposed stronger 'online harms' regulation, to address harmful content that children can see on social media - by asking tech giants to do better self-regulation or face Government investigation.
police militarisation, black lives matter

Research shows that police militarisation does not reduce crime

In the 2020 summer of Black Lives Matter protests, police militarisation was everywhere, with tanks rolling in the streets, officers dressed in full combat gear and armed with automatic weaponry - the question is, does it help to control crime?
COVID-19 technologies, government

COVID-19 technologies need greater scrutiny before being rolled out

Dr Jeremy Aroles explores the implications of COVID-19 technologies, and proposes three ways to ensure that these powers can't be abused by the Government.
HIV risks for women, drought

How is climate change increasing HIV risks for women?

When it comes to HIV risks for women, researchers found that natural disasters force vulnerable women to take any chance to secure resources - whether through transactional sex or engagement in early marriage.
supplier privatisation, public data

It’s time to eliminate supplier privatisation of public data

Luke Morton, CTO at Made Tech, discusses why now is the time to deal with supplier privatisation of public data - from big to small tech firms, data should be handled with transparency.
huawei tech, 5G network

UK bans Huawei tech from 5G network by September

Today (30 November) the UK Government announced that Huawei tech would be banned from UK 5G networks in September, 2021 -  with all equipment to be removed by 2027.
worker's rights for black friday, warehouse

Amazon continues to ignore worker’s rights for Black Friday

Amnesty International released an investigative report into the company's treatment of workers in the US, France, Poland and the UK - finding violations of worker's rights for Black Friday and beyond.
cheaper medicine, companies

Commission fines €60.5 million to pharma companies stopping cheaper medicine

Teva and Cephalon faced the €60.5 million antitrust fine, after both companies were found to be actively suppressing the existence of cheaper medicine.
COVID-19 vaccine, TRIPS agreement

TRIPS agreement: A waiver makes the COVID-19 vaccine more accessible

Rachel Thrasher, Research Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center in Boston, says this time is different and the TRIPS Council knows it - the COVID-19 vaccine needs to be freely accessible to all countries.

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