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US Mid-term Elections: An Overview

The US mid-term elections that will define the shape of American politics for the next two years and beyond are around the corner. The elections are called mid-terms because they occur in the middle of a presidential term. The lack of a flagship presidential race means that these elections typically attract very low voter turnouts.  But …Read More

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The Topics: 21 October 2014

Listen again to the second episode of The Topics, hosted by Benji Hyer and Benji Fisher. The Topics: 21 October 2014 by Burnfm News on Mixcloud Topics covered this week include: The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, The US mid-term elections, Recent economic growth figures, Recent TUC March, attended by ex-Vice President (Education) Hattie Craig, Evan …Read More


Oscar Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year​.
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Lessons from the Disappearance of Kim Jong-un

Even when there was no political action, Pyongyang can still attract the world’s attention for the 40 days disappearance of Kim Jong-un.   Translated from Vietnamese daily VN Express by Cindy Uong   Experience in publicity is perhaps one of the most valuable lessons learnt from this event in North Korea. Even when Kim Jong-un …Read More

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Context of the Oscar Pistorius Sentencing

Oscar Pistorius, found guilty of culpable homicide (the equivalent of manslaughter in British law), on one out of three charges, for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, raised many controversial questions in jurisdictions all around the world.   The ruling based on Judge Masipa’s finding that Pistorius used ‘excessive force’ and ‘negligence in firing through the …Read More

Oscar Pistorius, found guilty of culpable homicide, on one out of three charges, for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp Photot credits: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS

The jumpsuit is said to replicate the uniform of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group of male and female soldiers that are an armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

43 Mexican Students Still Missing, Feared Dead

The students, all from a rural teaching college in the south western region of Guerreo, were last seen on 26th September in Iguala being bundled into police cars at gunpoint. Many of the students, who saw teaching as a way to escape poverty, had been fundraising to campaign against new education laws that they claim …Read More

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Great Birmingham Run sees most successful turnout yet

Birmingham’s half marathon, which took place on Sunday, saw a hugely successful turn out of 22,000, attracting competitors from all over the UK. Known as the ‘Great Birmingham Run, the event has been ongoing annually since 2008. England cricketer Ian Bell and Olympic gold star medalist Jodie Stimpson sounded horns to start the race. The …Read More

Birmingham Marathon

Free Education Demonstration planned for 19th November

A national demonstration in favour of free education has been called by a coalition of student campaign groups, including the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), the Young Greens, and the Student Assembly Against Austerity. The National Union of Students (NUS) have also voiced their support. The demonstration will take place in central London …Read More

Students join forces to protest about education fees