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RedCross Newsthink! Teenage cancer, prison video links, headscarves debate, divers rescued.

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 13, 2008

 

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

 Issue 13th June 2008  

– Young people with cancer are likely to have to wait longer than younger children for their condition to be diagnosed. Teenagers may face significant delays before being referred to a specialist and getting the treatment they need, says Professor Tim Eden, professor of cancer at Manchester University.

Inmates at a US detention centre at Bagram in Afghanistan are receiving visits from their families by video-telephone link-ups. Conference-call facilities have been set up at the centre at Bagram airbase, which is 35 miles from the capital Kabul.

– Disagreement over whether women should be permitted to wear headscarves in universities has become a major political and legal dispute in Turkey. Turkey’s ruling AK party introduced a law which would have made it legal to wear the headscarf in schools but judges have decided that the law infringed the principles of the secular state.

– Three British divers were rescued after drifting without a boat in tropical Indonesian seas. The three were separated from their support boat by powerful underwater currents. They were stranded for two days on a remote island.

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