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RedCross – Newsthink!

Posted by LibeRaCe on May 7, 2008

News think! brings you a look at the stories behind recent headlines. Use them as “thought for the day”, to trigger tutor time discussion, or to plan more developed citizenship projects.

Issue 2nd May 2008

Austrian Cellar captives Released: A man has confessed to sexually abusing his daughter and keeping her hidden in a secret cellar for 24 years. Police say they uncovered a series of underground rooms in a house in Amstetten, north-west Austria, where a woman was held captive from the age of 18 to 42.

New Rules in Scotland for Sunbeds: Under-18s in Scotland are to be prohibited from using sunbeds and tanning booths. The ban to be introduced by the Scottish Parliament follows press reports that children as young as 10 are regularly using sunbeds. Unmanned, coin-operated tanning salons will also be outlawed.

Possible Nuclear Reactor Destroyed: An installation in the Syrian desert that was secretly destroyed by Israeli warplanes last September was a partially-built nuclear reactor, according to the United States. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says it will investigate.

Fuel Shortages Avoided During Strike: A two-day strike over pensions at Britain’s third-biggest oil refinery ended without causing fuel shortages. The strike by 1,200 workers closed the Grangemouth refinery which produces a tenth of Britain’s petrol and diesel. It also led to the closure of one of the major pipelines bringing oil from the North Sea.





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