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Two Buddhists fined £15,000 for releasing crustaceans into sea

Post date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:31

Zhixiong Li and Ni Li caused ‘untold damage’ to environment by releasing non-native crabs and lobsters off BrightonTwo Buddhists who released £5,000 worth of crustaceans into the Channel as part of a religious ceremony have been fined almost £15,000 for causing “untold damage” to the environment...

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Britons in EU tell May: 'Don't throw us under Brexit bus'

Post date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 09:00

Letter from British in Europe coalition seeks assurances over rights of Britons in mainland Europe and EU citizens in the UKCampaigners for British nationals in Europe have written to Theresa May to plead with the prime minister not to throw them “under the Brexit bus” .

I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more | John Harris

Post date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 06:00

With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safeThirty years ago this November, a DJ called Danny Rampling co-founded a club...

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Neil Gorsuch's views on abortion to be tested by supreme court filing

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 21:24

The supreme court’s new justice hasn’t made his stance on abortion public, but an urgent filing from a Planned Parenthood clinic could offer the first cluesAn urgent appeal to the supreme court by Planned Parenthood has created an unexpected early test of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s views on abortion...

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Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain's childbirth doctors

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 18:25

Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vote in favour of decriminalisation of abortionBritain’s childbirth doctors have urged ministers to scrap laws dating to Victorian times that could see a woman jailed for life for having an abortion.

Betsy DeVos scraps Obama rules on investigating campus sexual assault

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 17:25

New temporary guidance allows colleges to decide which standards of evidence they want to use when investigating complaints of assaultThe Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new interim instructions allowing...

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Modern slavery trial judge investigated over Traveller comments

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 15:18

Judge Timothy Spencer QC apparently acknowledged in his sentencing remarks that exploitation in camps was commonA crown court judge is being investigated over comments he made about the Traveller community when sentencing 11 members of the same family for modern slavery offences.The Judicial...

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The fightback against the Conservatives’ legal aid desert begins today | Richard Burgon

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:00

I am excited by the right to justice advocated by the Bach commission. A system that cuts have made ‘unaffordable to most’ can at last be repairedFood banks, zero-hours contracts and the bedroom tax are perhaps the most potent symbols of the cruelty of the Conservative government’s cuts agenda....

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Labour-backed report calls for more generous legal aid system

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 00:01

Review criticises coalition government’s cuts and calls for new law enshrining right to justiceAn additional £400m a year should be spent restoring access to a more generous system of legal aid, according to a Labour-backed report which calls for a legally enforceable right to justice.The two-...

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Met police chat forum was used to post insults aimed at Gypsies

Post date: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 07:00

Three police officers and a civilian staff member criticised by Independent Police Complaints Commission for failing to actThree Metropolitan police officers and a police staff member should face misconduct meetings for participating in an online chat site that carried derogatory comments about...

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