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  • Women should be able to take abortion pills at home, a group of nurses have said.

    In a debate proposing decriminalising abortion, they called for new laws to replace ‘Draconian’ legislation which means women cannot choose where and how to have a termination.

    But one of the earliest premature ‘sugarbag’ babies to survive spoke out against relaxing the rules.

    Sophie Proud, who was born at 23 weeks in 1996, said the 24-week limit for terminations should be reconsidered.

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  • It all occurred in the same week. A German judge banned a comedian, Jan Böhmermann, from repeating "obscene" verses of his famous poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A Danish theater apparently cancelled "The Satanic Verses" from its season, due to fear of "reprisals." Two French music festivals dropped Eagles of Death Metal -- the U.S. band that was performing at the Bataclan theater in Paris when the attack by ISIS terrorists (89 people murdered), took place there -- because of "Islamophobic" comments by Jesse Hughes, its lead singer. Hughes suggested that Muslims be subjected to greater scrutiny, saying "It's okay to be discerning when it comes to Muslims in this day and age," later adding:

    "They know there's a whole group of white kids out there who are stupid and blind. You have these affluent white kids who have grown up in a liberal curriculum from the time they were in kindergarten, inundated with these lofty notions that are just hot air."

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  • A one-year-old child was the youngest victim of paedophiles using the internet in Britain, with crimes including more than 100 rapes of minors by online predators in the last year.

    The numbers, reported for the first time by 38 police forces in England and Wales, revealed 3186 offenses against children in 2015/2016 by offenders using the internet. The most frequently targeted children were 13-year-olds, but there were 272 victims under ten, including the 12-month-old baby.

    Crimes ranged from abuse of children through prostitution and pornography to voyeurism and rape, all initiated via the internet.

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  • Pedestrian traffic signals will be replaced with new LGBT symbols ahead of London’s Pride festival on Saturday, but more should be done across the country to make “diversity visible”, Stonewall has said.

    The traditional “green man” signals around Trafalgar Square will be replaced with ‘Pride’ pedestrian ones, Transport for London announced on Sunday.

    About 50 traffic lights will have their ‘walk’ image replaced with the new diversity images, which include men and women holding hands to create a heart shape.

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  • The LGBT+ rainbow flag was today raised from the top of Portcullis House, for the first time, and will fly until the end of the Pride Festival (26 June). On Saturday 25 June UK Parliament will be taking part in the Pride in London Parade, marching alongside a red double decker bus, to promote the many ways that people can engage with Parliament and to raise awareness of the institution as an inclusive place to work.

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  • A witness in a trial over a spate of murders of Muslim clerics in Uganda was "beaten and castrated" because he agreed to testify, prosecutors say.

    The defence argued those on trial could not have been responsible for the attack as they were in jail.

    The judge adjourned the trial, which opened on Monday, to give more time to protect witnesses.

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  • The 28 EU member states have reached a consensus on LGBT rights for the first time in European history.

    The Council of the European Union reached consensus on Friday on a Netherlands-backed agreement concerning women’s rights, gender equality and the protection of LGBTI people across the EU.

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  • It was in an idyllic Canadian mountain town, surrounded by jagged, imposing peaks, that the conflicting facets of Trevor MacDonald’s identity came crashing together.

    MacDonald, soft-spoken and sporting a wispy goatee, was breastfeeding his first child at the time. He and his partner had splashed on a lavish dinner, baby in tow. When his son began fussing, MacDonald eyed the waitstaff and patrons wandering about in formal attire and thought it best to head to the restroom.

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  • The BMA is the UK’s professional association and registered trade union for doctors and currently has 170,000 members.

    It has been opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia for every year of its history with the exception of 2005-6 when it was neutral for just twelve months.

    The first motion (79 on the agenda) affirms that ‘it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy’.

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  • Acouncil leader has broken ranks to condemn the Scottish Government's controversial named person policy, calling it "intrusive nonsense" imposed by "SNP dictators".

    Alisdair Rhind, deputy leader of Highland Council, the first local authority to trial the scheme, said he was "totally against" the policy which will see a named person assigned to around one million people under 18 from August.

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