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All rape is serious, says Clarke

Justice Secretary insisted that he had not intended to cause offence

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has been forced to make a public declaration that he regards "all rape as a serious crime" after he sparked a furore with comments suggesting he drew a distinction between "serious, proper rapes" and others.

Labour leader Ed Miliband demanded Mr Clarke's sacking after a series of broadcast interviews in which the Justice Secretary defended controversial Government proposals to halve the sentences of some rapists if they made early guilty pleas.
 

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MPs: Points Based System better, but must be improved

At least 181,000 foreign workers could be in the UK illegally

MPs are concerned that the UK Border Agency is not doing enough to protect resident workers and ensure that migrant workers and sponsoring employers comply with immigration rules.

A new report by the Committee of Public Accounts has revealed that the UKBA has not monitored migrants’ right to remain to make sure migrant workers leave when they are supposed to.
 

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Implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies, States told

IOM: Demand for female labour migrants constantly growing

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) member States have been advised to develop and implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies.

Goran Svilanovic, the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, said: “Effective implementation of gender-sensitive labour migration policies is essential for all OSCE participating States since it can help them realize hitherto untapped economic gains which are particularly needed in these times of crisis. In addition, improved conditions for female labour migrants would also have a positive impact on overall stability and security.”

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UK stops Vulture Funds from preying on poor countries

Government keen on protecting poor countries from exploitative practices of Vulture Funds

Creditors will no longer be able to exploit the poorest countries in the world through the UK courts. This is because the House of Commons has approved a legislation to make permanent The Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010.

The legislation approved on 16th May, will stop creditors, including so-called Vulture Funds, from using the UK courts to extract harsh and inequitable payments from poor countries for debts that the companies may in some cases have bought for a fraction of the cost.
 

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Dengue fever cases double among UK travellers

"It is advisable to wear appropriate clothing to cover up"

Reports of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection, have more than doubled in UK travellers from 166 reported cases in 2009 to 406 in 2010, new figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have revealed.

Dengue fever does not occur in the UK and the highest proportion of cases were associated with travel to India - 84 cases (21 per cent) and Thailand - 61 cases (15 per cent).
 

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