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The Aedes group of mosquito is not unfamiliar to man, transmitting diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya, in addition to Zika. (Photo: SPL/BBC)

WHO will respond?

The World Health Organization was criticised for responding slowly to Ebola. Now, many fear the same with Zika. What’s gone wrong? Another global health emergency has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO)....

President Hollande faces dismally low favourability ratings, putting at risk his party’s chances of a victory in 2017. (Photo: AFP)

France 2017: Quel Serait-il?

With just over a year to go until the next French presidential elections, Antony Tucker appraises the likely candidates and their chances of winning. Whilst many eyes are turned to the bizarre ups and...

Will the team remain as one? Or will they start to crumble? (Photo: S. Rousseau/Reuters)

Singing from the Same Hymn Sheet

With campaigns surrounding the EU referendum already under way, George Perfect assesses the dangers for David Cameron in his cabinet and party. As the UK’s EU referendum draws ever closer, it appears that David...

Iowa: The Raucous Caucus

As the nomination process for US presidential candidates gets under way, one writer looks at the significance of the early states for leading Democrats. Iowa and New Hampshire have always been the first frontiers...

President Obama wipes away a tear whilst announcing his plan to take executive action to introduce stricter gun controls. (Photo: Time)

The British are coming

As Barack Obama enters his final year as President, Matt Smith examines the problem of partisanship that has plagued his tenure from start to (almost) finish. In the USA there exists a crippling phenomenon...

A clinical trial of an oral medication by Biotrial left one man dead and four others with severe neurological symptoms. (Photo: Getty Images)

Why Missing Data Kills

The recent clinical trial in France which left one dead and five critically ill raises a question: what can be done to increase safety and transparency? WARNING: Contains images which some may find distressing....

Co-founder of Farmficcency Perceus Mlambo (far right) standing with his team of Progressio volunteers whilst visiting a smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Holly Norcop)

Out of Sci-Fi and Into Society

Holly Norcop travelled to Zimbabwe to examine technology’s potential for international development. Just ahead of Mr Osborne’s spending plan announcement, crossbencher the Earl of Sandwich opened a debate in the House of Lords to...

Death of the Orator

Who springs to mind as a great orator? Cicero, Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. Nowadays? Good question. What makes a good orator? The greats we think of, from Cicero to Martin Luther King Jr,...

Cecil Rhodes, the man at the centre of the controversy. (Photo: Wall Street Journal)

Rhodes Must Stand

The campaign to remove Cecil Rhodes’ statue from Oriel College, Oxford is a hollow display of moral vanity. It must stay. I was extremely disheartened last week upon reading that over a third of...

David Cameron prior to May’s general election (Photo: Independent)

A Conservative Conundrum

The Conservatives were the first political party that Jack Mountford ever supported. However, the recent actions and policies of the party have driven him away. The 2010 general election had just occurred. After days...

Cologne Culture Clash

What happened in Cologne is the latest symptom of a Europe that sorely needs to reassert its basic cultural values. On New Year’s Eve 2015, the German city of Cologne was the scene of...

An Afghan policeman aiming his PKM light machine gun in Marjah district, Helmand province. (Photo: Washington Post)

The Struggle for Sangin

One year after Nato troops ended combat operations in Afghanistan, the Taliban are close to overrunning Sangin, a key town in Helmand province. Akshay Narayan examines a rapidly deteriorating security situation. Why is Sangin...