What Does Brexit Mean for the UK’s Environment?

Today marks an important day for people across the world: the United Kingdom has begun to leave the EU, now that Article 50 has been triggered. On the 24th of June 2016, it was announced that the voters within the UK had voted to leave the European Union. Many were immediately concerned about the economy, free movement and trade, yet there was little speculation as to what might happen in regards to the environment. Much of the law implemented surrounding environmental areas comes directly from the European Union. While there are…

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Thailand Bomb Attacks at Tourist Hotspots

Over the past 24 hours, there have been a series of  explosions in at least five separate locations across Thailand, including Hua Hin, Phuket, Phang Nga, Surat Thani and Trang. At least four people have been confirmed to have died in the attacks, with a further thirty-five people sustaining injuries. Attackers were using both firebombs and small homemade explosives. No group has as of yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, yet many suspect that they were down to separatist insurgents with experts saying that it was a coordinated attack in order…

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Viola Beach; Number One 6 Months After Death

Indie band Viola Beach have claimed the number one spot in the UK’s album chart, 6 months after their death in February. They beat the likes of ELO, Christine and The Queens and Drake to this week’s top spot. All  members of the Warrington band,  singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River, bassist Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry died after their car skidded into a canal in Sweden when travelling back from a festival they were playing. In a statement, families of the band said: “The tragic circumstance…

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French Church Killers Tied With Islamic State

Two terrorists, who pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video, slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest after they took hostages during mass at a church in Normandy. Jihadists seem to be using new types of attacks, focusing on places of worship globally, throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa.  French terrorism specialist Francois-Bernard Huyghe told French press: “For jihadists, churches in France are legitimate targets, they see the French as crusaders who have persecuted them and so think it is right to attack a church.” On Tuesday…

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North Korean Economy Shrinking

The South Korean central bank has stated that their northern neighbour’s economy has shrank for the first time in five years, losing 1.1% of its GDP. This drop is the greatest loss since 2007. Pyongyang has been facing international sanctions due to its continued missile launches as well as the nuclear threat the nation poses, largely related to the nuclear bomb test in January this year as well as a  long-range rocket launch in February. Due to this, exports fell by 14.8% last year, with imports increasing by 20%. The economy may be set…

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