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  • US President Donald Trump has broken a nearly 20-year-old tradition by failing to host a dinner marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    The White House event had been held every year since President Clinton's tenure.

    The Eid al-Fitr feast ends Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast and focus on charitable giving.

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  • More than 1,000 doctors are in open revolt over a vote to scrap the abortion limit.

    Tomorrow up to 500 doctors at the British Medical Association's annual conference will debate whether the country should decriminalise abortion.

    If they vote in favour, the BMA will adopt this stance as its formal policy and lobby the Government for a change in the law which bans abortions after 24 weeks.

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  • A Christian has sought advice from lawyers after he was ordered down from a ladder he was using to address crowds in central London.

    Jay Smith was debating with Muslim Mohammed Hijab at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park when police told them both to get down.

    Following the incident last Sunday, the 64 year old - who founded the Pfander Centre for Apologetics - complained to the Metropolitan Police.

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  • Over 1,000 doctors and medical students have signed an open letter urging the British Medical Association (BMA) to reject a motion calling for the complete decriminalisation of abortion. Also, just under 21,000 members of the public have signed a similar petition on Citizen Go.

    Motion 50, which I have already reviewed in some detail, will be debated at the BMA annual representative meeting in Bournemouth at 10am on Tuesday 27 June. The debate will be streamed online via the BMA website.

    The letter, titled 'Reject motion 50', hits out at extreme pro-abortion campaigners who have been working behind the scenes to get the BMA's support ahead of a private member's bill in Parliament calling for all abortion to be decriminalised.

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  • A new scheme will see drag queens visiting primary schools and libraries in a bid to “challenge intolerance and homophobia at a young age”.

    Based on an American project, Drag Queen Story Time's organisers hope to start the scheme at this year's Bristol Pride before rolling it out across the city.

    Founder Tom Canham told the Bristol Post he has already managed to recruit 30 drag queens who are eager to take part in the project, which will see men dressed as women reading aloud "feminist fairytales and gender fluid novels for young children".

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  • A Christian politician has called upon the British Medical Association (BMA) not to back a motion supporting the decriminalisation of abortion up to 24 weeks this week.

    Conservative MP Fiona Bruce spoke out as members of the trade union prepare to vote on the proposal during the BMA's annual conference in Bournemouth.

    She told the Mail on Sunday: "Instead of listening to lobby groups, the BMA should be listening to British women, 70 per cent of whom want the abortion time limit to be lowered from the current 24 weeks limit - one of the highest in the Western world."

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  • Britain's newly appointed disability commissioner was told just 36 hours before his first board meeting that his role as champion for the nation's 11m disabled people had been abolished.

    Lord Shinkwin, who uses a wheelchair, had been given the job at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) but was abruptly told it wanted him to serve only as a general commissioner. The decision has led to a stand-off between David Isaac, the EHRC chairman, and Shinkwin, who is demanding the post be reinstated.

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  • Police have been caught on camera telling people to come down from their ladders while they were holding forth in Speakers' Corner.

    The seven speakers were left shocked as officers approached them in the world-famous haven for agitators in London's Hyde Park, telling them: 'You are not allowed to stand on anything other than your two feet'.

    The decision to kick speakers off their soapboxes was apparently made by the Metropolitan Police three days before the encounter last Sunday.

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  • Brighton College is to become the first private school in the country to join a Pride parade. Pupils are making "peace and love" banners and 1960s costumes for a float in the city's parade in August. The parade's theme is the summer of love.

    The float is backed by the actor Sir Ian McKellen, who told pupils at the school, where annual fees can top £37,000, about his unhappiness at being unable to come out as gay until well into adulthood.

    Richard Cairns, the head master, who will be on the float dressed as Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, said: "Pupils are enthusiastic about taking part, spurred on by McKellen's visit last year. It is a strong statement of our ethos."

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  • The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Church of England will need a miracle from the Holy Spirit to solve its long-running row over gay rights.

    The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions cannot be healed by human hands but only by divine intervention.

    His remarks indicate deepening desperation among Anglican leaders over the irreconcilable gap between liberals who demand gay equality within the Church and conservative evangelicals who say that gay sex is sinful.

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