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  • More than 8,000 girls under the age of consent, including 2,500 under the age of 14, were given contraceptive implants and injections last year, according to government figures.

  • Speaking at a press conference outside Nairobi's State House, Obama condemned Kenya for its treatment of homosexuals, comparing discriminating against gays to treating people differently due to race and saying that 'law-abiding' citizens should not be punished for loving a particular person . . ..
     
    In response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was standing on a stage alongside Obama, declared that gay rights are a 'non-issue' in Kenya.
  • David Cameron is to hold talks in Indonesia and Malaysia this week to build greater cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. The talks follow reports he is considering sending special forces into Libya, fearing the country is becoming the chief source of terrorism in north Africa, as well as a jumping off point for migrants seeking to enter Europe.

  • At least two teachers accused of involvement in the Trojan Horse plot to “Islamise” Birmingham schools have been reinstated by the academy at the heart of the scandal, despite being banned from the teaching profession.

  • Tunisia's parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law which seeks to counter the threat posed by Islamist militants.
     
    The move follows two deadly attacks on tourism sites - a beach and hotel at Sousse in June and the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March.
     
    Under the new law, those convicted of terrorism could face the death penalty and expressions of support for terrorism are a jailable offence.
  • A Muslim boarding school that threatens to expel students for mixing with "outsiders" has been rated "good" by Ofsted.
     
    In its most recent report, the education watchdog praised the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury for preparing its pupils for the changing needs of British Muslims.
     
    But according to documents handed to parents, seen by Sky News, pupils are forbidden from "socialising with outsiders" and face "expulsion if there is no improvement after cautioning".
  • The latest attempt to change the law on assisted dying, which is to be debated by MPs in a Second Reading in September, has faced opposition from critics from the Church of England and elsewhere.

  • Britain should review its key counter-terrorism powers and revise laws on snooping by security services, a UN report has suggested.
     
    The recommendations were issued by its human rights committee, a body of 18 international experts who monitor the implementation of the international covenant on Civil and political rights.
     
    In its first review of Britain since 2008, the committee said counter-terrorism legislation in the UK should be reviewed because of concerns about several aspects of measures introduced to combat the threat of violent extremism. Powers to temporarily seize passports of those suspected of planning to travel abroad to engage in terrorism and relocate terror suspects were among those singled out.
  • A 15-year-old schoolboy has pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State attack on police officers in Australia when he was 14, making him the youngest person in Britain to admit a terrorism offence.
     
    The teenager, from north-west England, was on the radar of the government’s counter-extremism programme Channel when he was 13, it can now be reported, following his plea at the Old Bailey.
     
    The teenager’s teachers raised the alarm after he made comments at school about Osama bin Laden and his desire to be a martyr.
  • Ministers are turning to behavioural psychology to tackle some of the most contentious and intractable problems facing the Government, including attempting to cut illegal immigration and countering Islamic extremism, it has emerged.
     
    Five years ago Britain was one of the first countries to embrace “nudge theory” – using behavioural economics and psychology to influence Government programmes and encourage people to change their behaviour.
     
    Ministers established a Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) in the Cabinet Office, which achieved remarkable early results – including reducing tax fraud and redesigning parts of the benefits system to increase incentives to find work.
     
    Ministers now intend to expand its remit into some of the most controversial areas of Government policy.

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