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  • 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.

  • The Italian premier, Matteo Renzi, warned he may call a high-stakes confidence vote in his government to try to break a parliamentary deadlock over civil unions for same-sex couples.

    "We are at a crossroads," Renzi told a national assembly of his centre-left Democratic party (PD) on Sunday. "I am ready to call a confidence vote."

  • David Cameron’s claim to be backing a revolution in the treatment of the mentally ill has come under attack from a senior bishop who claims welfare cuts currently being considered by parliament will hit the very people the prime minister has pledged to help.

    The House of Lords struck out government plans last year to take up to £1,500 year in benefit payments from 250,000 people with psychiatric conditions – but on Tuesday ministers will seek to overturn the decision.

  • One-hundred and fifty council leaders and 40 MPs have urged the Government to push ahead with controversial plans to relax Sunday trading laws as new analysis claims the economy will receive a £1.4bn boost.

    The cross-party group has found that plans to relax strict Sunday trading laws for big stores could also result in a 9 per cent increase in employment across the country.

    In an open letter, published in The Sunday Telegraph, the group calls on Government to urgently introduce measures to allow large retailers to open their doors for longer on Sundays to help the economic recovery.

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