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  • Teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals should look for "soft" signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidelines suggest.

    Signs may include excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, recurrent nightmares or over-friendliness towards strangers.

    The draft guidance from NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - is open for consultation.

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  • Sussex University has been accused of undermining free speech after one of its leading professors held a workshop for academic staff of how to "deal with right-wing attitudes in the classroom".

    The event stoked controversy among students and staff, who complained that the institution was revealing its political bias.

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  • There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide "registered partnerships"” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex marriage in 2001. Today, 47 countries in the world, 27 of which are in the Council of Europe, provide some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples.

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  • Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) said it would be a progressive step for Taiwan to implement a separate piece of legislation governing same-sex marriage, as many of the nations that have such rules started with civil unions, which would be unprecedented in Asia.

    President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday met separately with groups supporting same-sex marriage and others opposed to it.

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  • A Bill to reduce the 14 year prison sentence for women who have abortions down to a €1 fine is to be brought before the Dáil, writes Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner Political Reporter.

    People Before Profit have launched the bill in a bid to address a law which they claim is "utterly draconian and barbaric".

    The group had tried to introduce a Bill which would have totally decriminalised abortions in Ireland, but were prevented from doing so as it was deemed unconstitutional.

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  • The debate over same sex marriage is over. Over 15,000 couples have taken advantage of the new opportunity and the world has not fallen in. However, as some of us argued at the time, the extension of marriage unwittingly created a new inequality. Marriage is now available to same sex and opposite sex couples, while civil partnerships are still available only to same sex couples.

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  • Let me state the obvious for a moment: the Church of England does not know what line to take on homosexuality. The traditional line, that it is contrary to God’s will, is opposed by most Anglicans. The clergy in General Synod showed their opposition last week by refusing to approve a report by the bishops that upheld the old line. But the minority that likes the traditional teaching is not for budging.

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  • A former High Court judge and Christian is urging civil partnerships to be extended to straight couples as well as gay ones.

    Sir Paul Coleridge, who founded the Marriage Foundation, was speaking after a heterosexual couple lost their Court of Appeal bid to have civil partnership opened up to them too.

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  • A young member of ISIS's child soldier group the 'Cubs of the Caliphate' tells how he was groomed into the extremist organisation in a sickening new propaganda video.

    The young boy says his father told him he would take him to a military camp if he 'studied hard', in the video titled The Story of Saladin.

    The clip then shows the young boy cornering a man into a small room and brutally shooting him in the head.

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  • A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

    Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, from London, challenged a ruling that said they did not meet the legal requirement of being the same sex.

    The judges said there was a potential breach of their human rights, but the government should have more time to decide the future of civil partnership.

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