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  • Sperm donor kids born to single mums start asking where their dad is from the age of THREE.

    Soaring numbers of women who are not in relationships are now turning to sperm donation to start a family.

    But some family charities, sociologists and religious leaders have previously warned that deliberately depriving a child of its dad is unethical and could be psychologically damaging in the long term.

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  • A large Muslim festival was cancelled due to escalating racial tensions post Brexit.

    Up to 2,000 people were expected to gather in East Park, Southampton, to celebrate Eid - the end of the holy month of Ramadan tomorrow and Tuesday.

    But organisers the British Bangladeshi Cultural Academy have cancelled the event after far-right groups threatened to hold a protest in the city following the EU referendum vote.

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  • A 25-year-old trainee lawyer took the German state of Bavaria to court, and won, after she was told she could not wear her hijab at work.

    Aqilah Sandhu, reported to have been a star student at Augsburg University law faculty, began a traineeship with the Bavarian judicial system after completing her state law exams, but was told in a letter that she was not allowed to interrogate witnesses or appear in courtrooms while wearing her headscarf.

    Ms Sanhu requested an explanation for the rule, and was told that religious clothing or symbols "can impair the trust in religious neutrality of the administration of justice", reports in The Local say.

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury has made fresh calls for the world to end human trafficking by 2030 - the current target.

    Most Revd Justin Welby reaffirmed the United Nations goal while speaking to business leaders, clergy and academics at an event organised by the University of Derby.

    Part of a three-day visit to the Diocese of Derby, the archbishop also praised the Diocese and the University for their work in tackling modern slavery.

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  • In a victory for unborn babies, the Mexico Supreme Court of Justice ruled three to one against a proposal to legalize abortion across the country on Wednesday, Telsur reported.

    The proposal would have removed abortion parameters in Mexican law that protect the unborn child. The law currently allows exceptions in cases of rape and the life of the mother.

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  • A 35-year-old woman rests on her hospital bed in Germany after an abortion. Her staunchly Catholic country, Poland, has one of Europe's most restrictive termination laws, so she and her partner drove just over the border.

    "We told no one. Because I know it's forbidden, because I was afraid, even of people's reactions," said the mother-of-one who wished to remain anonymous.

    Now Poland is mulling a near-total ban, even as tens of thousands of women opt for sometimes risky illegal abortions or, if they can afford it, travel to foreign hospitals like this one in the town of Prenzlau.

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  • Campaigners said they were "shocked and appalled" at a council's refusal to fly a rainbow flag for a Pride event.

    Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council voted against the motion to fly the flag from the town's county hall next June in support of Oxford Pride.

    Oxford Pride chairman Robert Jordan accused the council of "backward" thinking and said it showed inequality.

    The council said flying the rainbow flag would set a "clear precedent" for other flags to be flown in the town.

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  • The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning after a huge bomb in the capital Baghdad killed at least 125 people and wounded about 150.

    A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

    Rescuers said whole families had been wiped out and many victims were burned beyond recognition.

    So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it carried out the suicide attack.

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  • The new head of the UK’s equality watchdog has put companies on notice that he intends to take a far more “muscular” approach to enforcing equality legislation.

    David Isaac, chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission, said that Britain’s divorce from the EU and the bitterly charged debate surrounding the decision cannot be allowed to derail progress to a fairer Britain.

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  • Oxford University is replacing portraits of famous men with gay, female and black icons to counter its  'male, pale and stale' image, it has emerged.

    Earlier this year David Cameron, the Prime Minister, led calls for the university to take more ethnic minority students as figures revealed Oxford had only taken 27 black undergraduate students in 2014.

    It followed calls from the Rhodes Must Fall movement to 'decolonise' the university's curriculum.

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