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The construct of “virginity” is putting girls’ lives at risk. It’s time for it to go

The move, a further amendment to the Health and Care Bill, comes hot on the heels of another change to the bill introduced in November 2021 and intended to make “virginity testing” in England and Wales a criminal offense. Given the harms described by victims of both practices, these UK legislative changes are welcome, but …

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Leaked emails suggest UK’s Boris Johnson may have lied about evacuating animals before people from Afghanistan

The release of emails by a cross-party parliamentary committee on Foreign Affairs prompted claims that Britain’s embattled leader had lied, at a time when he is already facing accusations of misleading Parliament over Covid-19 possibly rule-busting parties at Downing Street, which are now the subject of a police investigation. Suggestions that vital resources were used …

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Two men arrested in UK as part of Texas synagogue hostage-taker investigation

Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national, held four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, in an 11-hour standoff with authorities on January 15, the FBI has said. An FBI team killed Akram after one hostage was released and three escaped. “As part of the local investigation, two men have been arrested …

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UK’s Boris Johnson attended a gathering for his birthday while the rest of the country was in lockdown

In a statement, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.” Under Covid-19 restrictions at the time, indoor gatherings were not allowed, with …

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Boris Johnson is facing a make-or-break moment with report due into ‘Partygate’ scandal

The British Prime Minister has been under pressure for weeks over alleged summer garden parties and Christmas gatherings held in Downing Street when the rest of the country was under strict Covid-19 lockdowns. A report into the allegations, set to be released this week, could be the final straw for Johnson’s increasingly mutinous party. Johnson’s …

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Why a woman in leadership isn’t necessarily a win for gender equality

The ink had hardly dried on the appointment, the first 24 hours barely passed before the Maltese center-right politician was already being “grilled” about her stance on abortion rights. It would be naïve to think Metsola wouldn’t have seen this coming. Her anti-abortion voting history made her a controversial candidate. But why do her views …

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Two men arrested in UK as part of investigation into Texas synagogue standoff, police say

The FBI identified Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national, as the man who held four people hostage at a Colleyville, Texas synagogue in an hours-long standoff on Saturday. Akram had arrived in the United States via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in late December, a US law enforcement source familiar with the …

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Prince Harry seeks right to pay for UK police protection when in Britain

Harry’s legal team said they had initiated the legal challenge in September of last year but decided to make that information public now “in order to set the facts straight” because of a leak in a British tabloid newspaper. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, wants to bring his son Archie and baby daughter Lilibet …

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Downing Street held social gatherings dubbed ‘wine-time Fridays’ during pandemic lockdowns

A former No 10 source, who worked at the UK Prime Minister’s official residence all through 2020, confirmed to CNN that such gatherings regularly took place. The source said other people referred to them as “wine-time Fridays,” but the source did not personally attend the events. Revelations of numerous parties at Downing Street — including …

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