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  • An estimated 44,000 secondary school pupils have been caught sending explicit messages and sexual imagery in a wave of ‘sexting’ that has alarmed teachers and child protection officials.

    More than one in ten of the cases involved a ‘non-school adult’, raising fears that schoolchildren are being increasingly targeted digitally for grooming by paedophiles.

    And more than a third of all sexting cases involve children aged just 12 and 13.

  • As millions of Muslims flow into Europe, some from Syria, others from as far away as Afghanistan or sub-Saharan Africa, several countries are already experiencing high levels of social breakdown. Several articles have chronicled the challenges posed in countries such as Sweden and Germany.

    Such challenges are socio-economic in nature: how to accommodate such a large influx of migrants; the rising costs of providing then with housing, food, and benefits, and the expenses incurred by increased levels of policing in the face of growing lawlessness in some areas.

    If migrants continue to enter European Union countries at the current rate, these costs are likely to rise steeply; some countries, such as Hungary, have already seen how greatly counterproductive and self-destructive Europe's reception of almost anyone who reaches its borders has been.

  • A Labour MP has said he is "disappointed" by the party's response to concerns about the selection of female Muslim councillors.

    Gavin Shuker is MP for Luton South.

    He told BBC Newsnight: "In recent weeks, when I've spoken up about this issue, I felt extremely pressured to be silent on the things I know to be true."

  • Staff at a nursery school threatened to refer a four-year-old boy to a de-radicalisation programme after he drew pictures which they thought showed his father making a “cooker bomb”, according to the child’s mother.

    The child’s drawing actually depicted his father cutting a cucumber with a knife, his mother says, but staff misheard his explanation and thought it referred to a type of improvised explosive device.

  • A legal challenge against Scottish government plans to appoint official guardians for every child in Scotland is to be heard at the Supreme Court.

    Four charities and three individuals have lodged an appeal against the "named person" provisions

    The plan is part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  • Shops in England could be barred from opening longer on Sunday after Scottish MPs pledged to oppose flagship government reforms.

    Around 30 SNP MPs are understood to be pushing for the party to oppose the measures even though extended opening hours are already in force in Scotland.

    Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has previously urged the SNP to intervene and vote against the changes to help kill off George Osborne’s proposals.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned an Alabama judicial ruling that had refused to recognize a gay woman's parental rights over three children she adopted with her lesbian partner and raised from birth.

    The court took the relatively unusual step of reversing the Alabama Supreme Court without hearing oral arguments in the case. Cases are decided in that fashion when a lower court ruling is considered to be particularly counter to Supreme Court precedents. None of the eight justices dissented.

  • England has become a more tolerant society than it was five years ago - but nearly half (43%) of people think Muslims are "completely different" to themselves, according to a major new report.

    The country's attitudes to immigration have softened and there is growing support for greater protection to be given to religious and racial minorities, according to the report on English attitudes by the charity Hope Not Hate.

  • Women whose babies develop fatal defects in the early stages of pregnancy will be given advice on going ahead with the birth so the NHS can harvest their organs, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

    Most expectant mothers opt for termination after being told the devastating news their child has no chance of survival once born.

    But now, amid a chronic shortage of donated organs, mums will be 'supported' to have the baby at nine months so that the child's vital organs can be taken for transplant.

  • The Queen did not approve of the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the Daily Mail can reveal today.

    While in favour of civil partnerships, as a woman of deep Christian faith she took a different view on the legislation allowing same-sex couples to ‘marry’.

    She expressed her frustration to a friend at the height of the controversy, but admitted she was powerless to intervene, saying: ‘I can only advise and warn.’

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