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  • Big rises in diagnoses of syphilis and gonorrhoea in England along with continuing high levels of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have alarmed sexual health campaigners.

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  • A Muslim husband is trying to win custody of his nine-year-old daughter because he dislikes his estranged wife's new partner and disapproves of her return to a 'debauched' Christian lifestyle.

    The political analyst, who has not been named, told a judge at the High Court in London that he objects to his estranged wife's 'un-Islamic' lifestyle, which she returned to following their split.

    The man is embroiled in a bitter family court dispute over the care and custody of their nine-year-old daughter, who has lived with her mother since the breakdown of their relationship.

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  • A 29-year-old unemployed man who wanted to care for his baby son has lost a family court fight after social workers complained about him meeting women online for sex.

    Social services staff at Salford City Council had asked a judge to make decisions about the boy's future following serious concerns, one of which was his father's sexual behaviour.

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  • This is the moment a Muslim taxi driver refused to transport a disabled man with his guide dog after claiming it is 'against his religion'.

    Footage shows Charles Bloch, with his guide dog Carlo and girlfriend Jessica Graham, trying to get in the taxi before being told by the driver that he will 'not take the dog' because of his religion.

    Mr Bloch, who is registered blind after being born visually impaired, had booked the cab using firm ADT Taxis in Leicester but was shocked to be told the driver would not take him upon collection.

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  • A 60-year-old woman has been granted permission to take her dead daughter's frozen eggs to a US fertility treatment clinic, to fertilise them with donor sperm and then (assuming success) to carry the embryos and (she hopes) give birth to her own grandchild.

    Or should I say her own child?

    Because on the one hand this child would be the woman's son/daughter, but on the other, the child would also be her grandson/grand-daughter.

    More of that shortly, but first some brief background.

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  • Evangelicals are preparing to block what they believe is an attempt to introduce same-sex blessings to the Church of England.

    Nearly 500 members of the the General Synod, the Church's parliament, will meet in York this weekend. They will spend three days behind closed doors in the final round of "shared conversations" discussing the Church's response to same-sex relationships.

    Conservatives believe that after the York meeeting, the Church's bishops will discuss the issue and then draw up a plan for some form of "pastoral accommodation". This plan will go back to synod when it meets in London in February, a source told Christian Today.

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  • St Augustine rest home was fined €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to a 74-year-old woman

    Judges in Belgium have fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to allow the euthanasia of a lung cancer sufferer on its premises.

    The St Augustine rest home in Diest was ordered to pay a total of €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to Mariette Buntjens.

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  • A new technique to genetically screen IVF embryos should be considered for use in the UK, fertility experts say. The call comes after research revealed it could help doctors select embryos that have the best of chance of leading to a pregnancy.

    Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) is more common in the US than the UK, and is used by doctors to flag up embryos with an abnormal number of chromosomes - the main reason why embryos fail to implant in the womb.

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  • Scotland is almost 200 health visitors short of the number needed in by the NHS, ahead of the roll out of the Government's named person scheme next month, in which they will play a key role.

    Campaigners against the scheme, which will see a named guardian allocated to each child in Scotland, called for it to be delayed or scrapped on the back of new NHS workforce figures.

    They showed that one in eleven health visitor posts in Scotland is currently vacant with health visitors expected to take on the role of named person for all pre-school children.

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  • The risks of offering a home to 50 destitute men – most of them addicted to alcohol or drugs or suffering mental health problems – were fully apparent to the congregation of the Highway House church in Tottenham. But seven years ago, the congregation decided to transform their church into a homeless shelter for some of the most marginalised people in society: those whom even the statutory homeless charities could not, or would not, help.

    A report launched on Monday indicates that for every £1 invested in the project, up to £8 is returned to society.

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