British police and social care workers are facing mounting criticism after a major report revealed widespread failure to help at least 1,400 children in the town of Rotherham who were subjected to horrific sexual abuse, mostly by Pakistani criminal gangs between 1997 and 2013, out of fear of coming off as racist.
"By far the majority of perpetrators were described as 'Asian' by victims, yet throughout the entire period, councilors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. Some councilors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away," the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham wrote in its 157-page report.
"Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so," according to the report. more >>
A Ukrainian military official said that Russia is carrying out a "full-scale invasion" in Ukraine and is sending tanks to aid the pro-Russian rebels who have attacked and captured several Ukrainian cities. President Petro Poroshenko has in response cancelled a planned trip to Turkey, citing "Russian troop deployments" in the east of the country for changing his schedule.
"I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region... as Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine," Poroshenko said in a statement.
A new investigation will look into the well-being of 17 teenagers born in a New Jersey hospital 15 years ago that are believed to be the world's first group of individuals born using and advanced fertilization technique that utilizes a "three-parent" embryo to avoid the risk of passing on maternally inherited, life-threatening mitochondrial diseases. The findings of this investigation could be the key determination for the legalization of a similar procedure in the United Kingdom.
This in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique takes cytoplasm from a donor egg or embryo and is injected into an egg with compromised mitochondria to help produce a healthier egg and, in theory, a healthier person free of mitochondrial diseases.
Although the procedure, commonly known as cytoplasmic transfer, does not involve the transfer of nuclear DNA, the resulting children still inherit genetic material from three parents. more >>
The Church of England has called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to do more to help Christians and religious minorities fleeing persecution from terror group ISIS by offering asylum.
John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, said that it is time for Cameron to "take a lead" on the issue and warned that the time for "speeches and condemnation has passed," The Telegraph reported.
Sentamu revealed that he had written the PM three weeks ago asking for Britain to offer asylum to refugees, but had not received a reply. more >>
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old British rapper who reportedly walked out of his family's £1 million home in Maida Vale, West London, last year to join militants in Syria after telling them he was "leaving everything for the sake of Allah," is being investigated as a key suspect in the beheading of journalist James Foley.
A senior western intelligence official who was not identified told Fox News that Bary is being eyed as Foley's executioner. The report noted that the Sunday Times and Sunday People listed Bary as a member of a group of at least three British-born ISIS fighters that former hostages call "The Beatles."
The Sunday Times said Britain's two major intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6, had identified the man who beheaded Foley but had not publicly revealed this information. more >>
Sir Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90; the British actor known for his work on "Gandhi," spoke about his religious beliefs and the impact the real-life Gandhi had on him before his death.
"I can't believe, as Gandhi did, that there's only one religion, one form of practicing your credo. I am at a loss," Attenborough told The Scotsman. "I will go on trying because I would be arrogantly stupid not to, but having to adhere to custom and conviction in terms of practice I find destructive rather than constructive. It seems to me that organized, formal religions have done a fair amount of damage in terms of our chances of living without confrontation."
It's a profound statement from the man who worked so hard to tell the story of Gandhi and became known for his work. However, he was haunted by the death of his daughter Jane and his granddaughter Lucy, who both perished in the 2004 tsunami that struck Thailand. Attenborough never accepted his daughter's death and often spoke of the hope that he would see her again. more >>