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  • Legal powers should be used to remove anti-abortion campaigners from the grounds of a hospital in Nottingham, a pro-choice group has said.

    Forty Days for Life has been holding a "vigil" at the Queen's Medical Centre, where abortions take place.

    Nottingham Pro Choice said their presence near the hospital's treatment centre is "intimidating" to women.

    But Louise Aldred said the group is "raising awareness" of the issues surrounding terminations.

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  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton has joined fresh calls for Britain to follow the example of five US states and Canada by allowing assisted dying for the terminally ill.

    The independent crossbencher admitted he was "out of step" with the Church of England over the issue but his desire for a change in the law was driven by "love and compassion".

    He said: "The example of Canada and other countries show that laws can be made that protect the most vulnerable and halt the unnecessary prolongation of life, which for some is not worth the candle."

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  • A council wants to fine people for swearing in its town centre in an effort to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

    Locals could be handed an on-the-spot fine for foul language by Rochdale Borough Council after chiefs proposed a Public Space Protection Order.

    The order will ensure anyone caught 'using foul and abusive language' is warned, moved on or fined - to stop 'a small minority spoiling it' for the rest of the town.

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  • Mental health matters, right? Yes, of course it does. And the Church of England is right to focus on this often-neglected area of human flourishing and wellbeing, with speeches in Parliament, reports and motions in Synod, and resources which can make a considerable difference both to the lives of the afflicted and in the guidance of those whose vocation it is to minister pastoral and spiritual care. There’s a fine line between helplessly melting into hell and the noetic revelations of the mystic caught up to the third heaven. Discernment is all.

    But something is happening to the sap of Church doctrine which is poisoning the fruit on the branches.

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  • The deputy first minister is due to make a statement on the Scottish government's Named Person scheme later.

    John Swinney will address MSPs over a legal challenge to information sharing proposals within the Act.

    The system would appoint a named person - usually a teacher or health visitor - to ensure the wellbeing of every child.

    But judges at the UK's highest court ruled against the scheme in July 2016, citing concerns over information sharing.

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  • Ofsted had to beef up safeguards during its double inspection reliability study after inspectors, who were supposed to independently come to final judgments, were found to be discussing their findings, according to a report released by the inspectorate today.

    The education watchdog has this morning published the findings of its tests on the reliability of short inspections.

    Schools Week first reported the pilot in February 2015, and had an exclusive preview of the findings.

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  • Manchester United have joined forces with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charity Stonewall.

    United, who become the UK's first football club to announce such a partnership, will work alongside the charity to help tackle LGBT issues in sport and society, including looking at ways inclusion and equality in the game can be improved.

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  • Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform.

    The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had "grave doubts" about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems.

    Mr Collins' comments come after the BBC reported dozens of photos to Facebook, but more than 80% were not removed.

    They included images from groups where men were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material.

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  • Homegrown terrorism inspired by the Islamic State poses the dominant threat to the national security of the United Kingdom, according to a comprehensive new report on violent Islamism in Britain.

    The 1,000-page report — "Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of Offenses and Attacks in the UK (1998–2015)" — was published on March 5 by the Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy think tank based in London.

    The report, authored by terrorism researcher Hanna Stuart, identifies, profiles and analyzes all 269 Islamism-inspired terrorism convictions and suicide attacks in the United Kingdom between 1998 and 2015.

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  • Scandal-hit Marie Stopes abortion clinics are under fresh investigation after the Daily Mail revealed that doctors are approving terminations for women they have never met.

    Inspectors were sent to the charity’s headquarters last week to review how it is run.

    The probe is now being expanded after reporters discovered women are being signed off for abortions after only a brief phone conversation with a call centre worker.

    These discussions can be as short as 22 seconds.

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