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  • An Islamic girls' school facing a court battle over its partial closure has again been criticised by inspectors.

    Jamia al-Hudaa Residential College in Nottingham lodged an appeal in 2016 after it was ordered to stop taking boarders due to poor Ofsted reports.

    A new inspection in January found progress in areas such as promoting British values but continued issues with safeguarding and teaching.

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  • A male contraceptive jab more effective than the Pill has been found to prevent pregnancy for up to two years.

    Contraception options for men have not changed in a century, remaining limited to condoms or the more drastic decision to have a vasectomy.

    But an injection which blocks sperm from leaving the body is a new breakthrough in the search for a male equivalent of the Pill.

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  • When Oregon became the first state in the nation to legalize the practice of assisted suicide, pro-life advocates argued this would be a slippery slope that would lead to euthanasia.

    Apparently assisted suicide is not enough for the death peddlers in this Pacific Northwest State. Now they are pushing legislation in the Oregon State Legislature that would allow starving mentally ill patients to death.

    Officials with the Oregon Right to Life emailed with an urgent alert about pending legislation.

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  • Comment by Archbishop Justin Welby in response to the statement by the Bishop of Guildford

    "I applaud today’s moving, honest and courageous statement by Andrew Watson, the Bishop of Guildford, by making public his experience of abuse at the hands of John Smyth. The traumatic experience he and others went through is utterly appalling and punishment of this kind is wrong..."

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  • The United Nations envoy for gay rights has declared that when there is a clash between homosexual rights and religious liberty it must be recalled that "freedom of expression and religious freedom are not absolute rights and may be limited if necessary."

    In a recent public consultation, the UN’s newly appointed "independent expert" on the defense of LGTB rights, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said that negative moral judgments on homosexual activity were a recent phenomenon, stemming from "colonial law."

    "More recently, in colonial law, or remnants of colonial law, gays were criminalized, are criminalized, even though beforehand they were not criminalized,” he claimed during the Jan. 25 conference.

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  • A preacher who was accused of threatening behaviour and homophobia has declared "preaching from the Bible is not a crime” after being set free.

    Evangelical Christian Gordon Larmour, 42, was accused of threatening or abusive behaviour ‘aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation’ after the incident last summer.

    He spent a night in a prison cell following the accusations.

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  • Transgender transition ceremonies, gambling, gay marriage and the Reformation are all on the agenda for the Church of England's forthcoming General Synod next week.

    The headline act will undoubtedly be a report on sexuality, which refuses to change the Church's teaching or practice in relation to same sex marriage.

    After more than two years of internal talks throughout the CofE over accommodation for gay couples, the Church's lead bishops have said there "are no proposals" to change teaching that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman. But they called for "maximum freedom" with the existing laws and said there needed to be "a fresh tone and culture of welcome and support for lesbian and gay people".

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  • A national campaign carrying the symbol of a red triangle will be rolled out across the UK to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

    The National Police Chiefs' Council has partnered with the Freedom charity to encourage people to provide the police with information that can help detect and prevent FGM in the UK and abroad.

    Commander Mak Chishty, the police national lead on "honour"-based violence, has written to every police force in the country reminding them that while progress has been made, there is yet to be a successful prosecution for FGM.

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  • The state must stop it's so-called "nannying" of British parents and do away with universal free childcare, a new report has urged.

    Families most in need of help are not getting it because Government subsidies are poorly targeted, the Institute of Economic Affairs publication said.

    Many families on average earnings are spending more than a third of their net income on childcare, the report claimed, saying too much regulation in the sector has hiked prices.

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  • Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push by Liberal MPs to allow a free vote on same-sex marriage, warning "this is not a fight we should be having now".

    The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi planned to resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.



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