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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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  • The government is providing more than £500 million for free schools and building maintenance, the Treasury has announced.

    Writing in today's Daily Telegraph the prime minister Theresa May says at least some of the money will be spent on building a new generation of grammar schools.

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  • The United Nation’s latest condemnation of Ireland’s abortion laws are "bordering on the ridiculous" according to the Pro Life Campaign.

    In a statement tonight the group said it is "bordering on ridiculous the way some UN bodies are issuing what appear like twice monthly condemnations of Ireland’s pro-life Eighth Amendment."

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  • New primary schools in Glasgow will no longer have boys' and girls' bathrooms and will instead label them 'unisex' to help children struggling with gender identity issues, the council has announced

    The initiative, which is to be introduced in three schools currently under construction, has led to protests from parents concerned that the genderless bathrooms intrudes on their children’s privacy.

    However, Glasgow City council claims that the policy will help combat bullying, anti-social behaviour, and provide a less intimidating experience for LGBT students.

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  • There are only two "ways," two fundamental religions in the world. One of them feeds people, and the other one eats people. We see this contrast in vivid relief in the juxtaposition that Mark gives to the death of John the Baptist. That sad but typical episode is followed immediately by the feeding of the five thousand.

    "And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother" (Mark 6:28).

    "He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat." (Mark 6:37).

    At the banquet of the first king, the head of a preeminent saint was brought to him on a platter, on a serving dish. "Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord" (Psalm 14:4). And in the next scene, at a banquet hosted by a completely different kind of king, all the people were invited to sit on the grass, and they were there fed by the prayer and power of that king, and the hands of his disciples.

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  • The increasing survival of extremely premature babies is again raising serious questions about the 24 week upper limit for social abortion.

    Tonight, 6 March, Inside Out on BBC One in the East Midlands related how new treatments - including some trialled in Nottingham and Leicester - are helping to limit disabilities and boost life expectancy in premature babies weighing as little as one pound (450g).

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  • Hameedullah* works as a church leader in a country known for intense persecution of Christians.

    When he was young, he lived illegally as a refugee in a Muslim country that didn’t want him or his religion, whose people are always looking out for non-Islamic activity. He even faced scrutiny from members of his own family, some of whom became radicalized and were recruited into terrorist networks.

    Hameedullah grew up in the foothills of a mountain range, not far from the border with the country of his birth. He lived in a refugee village.

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