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  • A waitress in a cafe in central Nice has filed a police complaint after she was allegedly assaulted by two men because she refused to “stop serving alcohol” on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

    The alleged beating in the French Riviera town historically famed for its sun, palm-fringed beach front and quality of life, has prompted a heated political debate over whether the country is increasingly becoming prey to “religious fundamentalism and ghettoised communities”.

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  • Scientists hoping to create the first three parent babies to wipe out mitochondrial disease have discovered that mutated DNA could still be passed on to babies through the procedure.

    The technique, which is being pioneered by Newcastle University, replaces an egg's defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy genetic material from a female donor, to prevent children suffering debilitating conditions like muscular dystrophy.

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  • The Home Office plans to commission a series of telephone polls to survey British Muslims’ attitudes towards extremist ideas and ideologies, BuzzFeed News has learned.

    Ministers hope that the polling will not only measure respondents’ existing views but also allow them to track the effectiveness of counter-extremism initiatives such as the controversial Prevent programme.

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    The Investigatory Powers Bill passed its latest milestone yesterday, as the proposed surveillance legislation passed through the House of Commons. MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill, with 444 ayes to only 69 noes. In the run-up to the vote, Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham voiced several concerns, saying the draft law needed "significant improvement" before his support was guaranteed. The Home Office did manage to secure the Labour Party vote, however, thanks to several concessions on its part, including submitting to an independent review of untargeted, bulk surveillance powers.

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  • More than a 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation were reported in the first three months of this year, sparking calls for a national action plan from the Royal College of Midwives.

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  • John Swinney has vowed to press ahead with their controversial plan to appoint a state guardian for every child in Scotland despite a former SNP leader warning the party faces a public backlash if it refuses to stage a climbdown.

    The Deputy First Minister recognised there are concerns about Named Persons but argued the answer was a “refresh” of the guidance issued to parents and other groups about the scheme to address any “misunderstandings”.

    But Gordon Wilson, who led the SNP between 1979 and 1990, called for the legislation to be repealed and warned the party that “stubborn refusal” to do so amid mounting public fury would result in "long-term political grief".

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  • Bishops yesterday admitted that the Church of England was wrong about Margaret Thatcher.

    In a paper that amounted to a sweeping U-turn in the Church's longstanding Left-wing attitude to poverty and the welfare state, they declared that it 'failed to see the moral vision that informed Margaret Thatcher's administration'.

    Their acknowledgement that the late Tory prime minister was driven by 'moral purpose' contrasted strongly with the view taken by the bishops even last year, when before the General Election they were severely critical of her legacy.

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  • A healthy baby was born in Portugal on Tuesday to a mother who had been brain-dead for nearly four months.

    "The baby boy, weighing 2.35kg (5lb 3oz), was born after 32 weeks without complications and by caesarean section," announced the Lisbon hospital that carried out the procedure.

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  • In May 2013, I received a letter from Provost Harry Hellenbrand, informing me that I had received tenure at California State University-Northridge. This was a joyous occasion. For most professors no watershed is as important as the moment one receives tenure.

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  • This November, Oklahoma residents will start seeing state-sponsored, pro-life messages.

    Gov. Mary Fallin signed The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act on Monday, with the goal of moving the state toward “an abortion-free society,” according to the bill.

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