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  • A pro-incest political group from Sweden has proposed giving men the right to a ‘legal abortion’ that would allow them to opt out of parenthood.

    The Liberal People Party’s youth wing branch in western Sweden (LUF Väst) say men should be able to decide against being a father up to the 18-week cut-off for abortions, meaning in practice if a woman continues with the pregnancy, the man would have no legal responsibility for the child.

  • Couples will be offered free IVF treatment if they can persuade a friend to donate sperm, under a new scheme designed to encourage more men to become sperm donors following a national shortage.

    Fertility regulator rules mean clinics are not allowed to pay sperm donors, and men currently receive just £35 towards expenses.

  • The Government has moved to stave off a politically damaging rebellion of up to 50 Conservative MPs over its plans to relax Sunday trading laws ahead of the Budget.

    Ministers have resurrected the reforms, despite dropping a vote in November that would have allowed councils the right to extend Sunday trading hours. Ministers feared they could lose the vote amid opposition from backbenchers, Labour and the Scottish National Party. Unions and church leaders are also against the plans.  

  • A Rome family court has approved a lesbian couple’s request to simultaneously adopt each other’s daughters in a legal first for Italy.

    The move comes amid controversy over a move to excise gay adoption rights from a law authorising same-sex civil unions.

    The two women made their application under existing legislation which says the right of a child to "ongoing affection" should be paramount in deciding whether to grant adoption requests.

  • The police are to be given greater powers to hack into electronic devices and to access people’s web browsing history under the government’s new surveillance legislation.

    The strengthening of snooping powers was widely regarded last night as a tacit admission by the authorities that they were powerless to combat the increasingly sophisticated commercial encryption installed on smartphones.

  • Katie Price confessed during an appearance on Loose Women that she would probably have aborted her son Harvey had she known about his disabilities while she was pregnant.

    And the mother-of-five took to social media on Tuesday following her appearance on the ITV chat show, revealing she was 'really upset' by the backlash her comment had caused and insisting it was taken 'out of context.'

  • A red-light zone approved by authorities is illegal and “plays into the hands of abusers”, according to a former detective who led responses to the so–called "Suffolk Strangler" murders.

  • Irish voters made their pro-life views clear when they “eviscerated” the pro-abortion Irish Labour Party in the February 26 general election, says Niamh Ui Bhriain of Ireland’s national pro-life lobby group, The Life Institute.

    The collapse of Labour — which fell from 33 to six seats — also means the collapse of the Labour and Fine Gael coalition that has governed Ireland for the last five years

  • Powers for the police to access everyone’s web browsing histories and to hack into phones are to be expanded under the latest version of the snooper’s charter legislation.

    The extension of police powers contained in the investigatory powers bill published on Tuesday indicates the determination of the home secretary, Theresa May, to get her legislation on to the statute book by the end of this year despite sweeping criticism by three separate parliamentary committees in the past month.

  • India's army has taken control of a key canal that supplies water to Delhi, the capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said.

    Protesters from the Jat community demanding job quotas in neighbouring Haryana state seized the Munak canal.

    Keshav Chandra, a top official in Delhi's water board told the BBC that 10 million people are without water.

    Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds wounded in three days of riots, a senior official told the BBC.

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