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  • The tomb of Jesus has been resurrected to its former glory.

    Just in time for Easter, a Greek restoration team has completed a historic renovation of the Edicule, the shrine that tradition says houses the cave where Jesus was buried and rose to heaven.

    Gone is the unsightly iron cage built around the shrine by British authorities in 1947 to shore up the walls. Gone is the black soot on the shrine's stone facade from decades of pilgrims lighting candles. And gone are fears about the stability of the old shrine, which hadn't been restored in more than 200 years.

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  • YouTube has altered its classifications of some LGBTQ-themed videos, following protests from users, including the musicians Tegan and Sara. The site had been criticised for having non-explicit videos featuring LGBTQ themes classed as restricted, which filters out "potentially inappropriate" content.

    Tegan and Sara, who are both openly gay, were among those who complained about the policy, pointing out its absurdities in a series of tweets: "If you put @YouTube on restricted mode a bunch of our music videos disappear. … LGBTQ people shouldn’t be restricted. SAD!" Several of the Canadian sisters' videos had been classed as restricted, despite the content being non-sexual, whereas others that were sexual but LGBTQ-themed were still available.

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  • More children are being taken into care, some unnecessarily, because councils in England cannot afford to intervene earlier, a report suggests.

    Late interventions often meant problems had escalated before support could be put in place, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children heard.

    Its report into children's social care found 90% of councils were struggling to fulfil legal duties to children.

    The government said offering early help was the best way to keep children safe.

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  • A mother of two children who have Down's syndrome says she wants the world to know she's proud of them.

    Maria Belton from Bromborough has posted photographs and videos of her experiences of Down's syndrome on social media to raise awareness.

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  • Can we talk about abortion? Not ban it, not even necessarily limit it; just talk about it? The public doesn't want to, because it’s a "private matter". Politicians won't raise it for fear of being called anti-women. The people driving such debate as we have about abortion are those who want to make it as easy to obtain as possible.

    Last week the Commons debated a Ten Minute Rule Bill, submitted by Labour MP Diana Johnson, that would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks. At present, abortion is technically illegal without the permission of two doctors – an arrangement that Ms Johnson calls "harsh" and "obsolete". She says she doesn't want to deregulate abortion, just remove any threat of prosecution – allowing professional medical bodies to oversee the practice, rather than the criminal authorities. The Bill passed 172-142, because many complacent opponents didn't show up to vote.

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  • Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report.

    Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues.

    The internet is "hugely beneficial" but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee chairman Lord Best.

    Industry leaders said education was key to keeping children safe online.

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  • A transgender convicted rapist has been moved to a female prison after having sex change on the NHS, it has been reported.

    Jessica Winfield, 50, who was known as Martin Ponting when she was jailed for life 12 years ago, has been relocated from maximum security HMP Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire, to HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey, according to the Sun.

    The move is said to have caused disquiet at the women's jail, with one inmate threatening to self-harm to stay away from Winfield.

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  • Universities will be required to protect free speech across their campuses including inside the student union under plans being drawn up by the government.

    Jo Johnson, minister for higher education, has written to universities saying that they will be compelled to include a clear commitment to freedom of speech in their governance documents to counter the culture of censorship and so-called safe spaces.

    The letter, seen by The Times, said that it was the "legal duty" of universities to ensure as far as practicable that freedom of speech is secured for "members, students, employees and visiting speakers". This meant that all university premises should not be "denied to any individual or body on any grounds connected with their beliefs or views, policy or objective".

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  • Furious mums are voicing their disgust after a top doctor said women should have an abortion if their unborn baby is the 'wrong gender.'

    Professor Wendy Savage has caused outrage following her comments that mums-to-be desperate for a girl should be able to end the pregnancy if they discover they are expecting a boy, and vice-versa.

    The 81-year-old, who has performed 10,000 terminations, according to The Mail on Sunday , believes forcing women to go ahead with the pregnancy could harm both baby and mum’s mental health.

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  • The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced the appointment of Reverend Andrew Woodward, Priest in Charge of St Mary's Kemp Town and Rural Dean of Brighton, as the first Bishop's Liaison Officer for the LGBTi community in the Diocese of Chichester.

    The aim of the post is to provide the bishops and parishes with up to date information about the pastoral needs of the LGBTi community and to identify what ministry among this community might look like if it is to be more effective.

    The new officer will also represent the church in this community so as to build bridges and enable pastoral support for a substantial group of people who feel the Church is alienated from them. Many feel they are tolerated but not included.

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