The first edition of the indigenous games is underway, having begun on the 23rd of this month in the city of Palmas, Brazil. Words: Natalia Alejarra, Sub Editor: Corey Armishaw The games will last 13 days with over two thousand athletes competing from 23 different countries, including New Zealand, Russia, the Philippines, Finland and Ethiopia. Participants from each continent will compete against 24 Brazilian tribes. There are 16 sports, divided between traditional indigenous games and western sports, such as barefoot races, canoeing and football. Between games, the event has been promoting cultural encounters as a way to get the participants to exchange experiences and celebrate tradition and diversity. The country, which has hosted many major sports events in recent years ...
Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee held in Guantanamo Bay, has been released after almost 14 years in detention. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond made a statement on Friday declaring Aamer had left the base and would be back in the UK "later today" and is expected to return to his Battersea home. Words: Daisy Greenaway, Subeditors: Mariya Savova and Isabella Ellis Aamer, a Saudi national with permission to indefinitely live in the UK, had been held in military since 2002 - despite never being officially charged with a crime and was never put on trial. The 48-year-old was first detained in Afghanistan in 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. Authorities alleged he led a unit of Taliban fighters and was an "associate" of Osama Bin Laden, however Aamer claimed that he was in the cou
On Thursday evening China announced that it is ending its one-child policy. The announcement came after a four-day Plenum of the Communist party in Beijing but is that enough to keep the nation's population from shrinking? Words: Mariya Savova, Subeditor: Daisy Greenaway https://twitter.com/xhnews/status/659679330000211969 “The change of policy is intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population,” the party said in a statement published by Xinhua, China's official press agency. The one-child policy was introduced in 1979, shortly after the country's population topped 800 million. Couples who violated the policy suffered punishments such as fines, loss of employment, or even forced abortions. According to the BBC, about 400 million births
Tara Hudson, a 26 year old transgender woman from Bath, has lost her appeal against her sentence at a men's prison. Words: Daisy Greenaway, Subeditor: Mariya Savova After being sentenced to 12 weeks at the all-male HMP Bristol prison for assault charges, an appeal was launched, backed by thousands of supporters, to have her moved to a women's facility. Llewelyn Sellick, The Recorder of Bristol, said Miss Hudson had a "worrying criminal record" and added: "It is for the prison service and not the court to establish where a sentence should be served". The judge had asked for consideration in where she serves the sentence. Over 140,000 people had signed online petitions demanding she be moved to a safer environment saying "We, the undersigned, stand with Tara and her family and beli