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The charity Oxfam says half a million British people are now dependent on emergency food aid. It's the latest in a series of reports finding a dramatic increase in the numbers of people visiting food banks in the UK. Some charities blame the surge in demand in part on recent changes to the welfare system. Source: abc.net.au
The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the Federal Government's decision to lift a freeze on the processing of Afghan asylum seeker claims. Richard Towle, the UNHCR's regional representative, says it's misleading to say that conditions are improving in Afghanistan.
The Australian Olympic Committee has banned the team's athletes from using most sedatives. The drugs are used to overcome nerves or time-zone travel and get a good night's sleep. The ban is a response to Grant Hackett's admission he was heavily reliant on the drugs, but one sports doctor says the move is an over-reaction