We asked NGOs how the reinstatement of the ‘global gag’ rule will impact what they do, and the people they work with. Here are some of the responses
Three days after his inauguration, Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag” rule, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions, and even from offering information on services.
We asked NGOs around the world to tell us how the policy impacted them in the past, and what it means for their work today.
This policy is going to undermine the reproductive health of our women
The policy will feed stigma around abortion and prevent millions from making informed decisions about their own bodies
This is not our first global gag rule rodeo – nor, sadly, is it likely to be our last Continue reading...
Former Peterborough youth player went to club four years ago with detailed complaint alleging he was groomed and brainwashed by coach but despite claims being passed to police and FA no action was then taken
A former youth footballer has expressed devastation that no action was taken after he made a formal and detailed complaint four years ago about the abuse he suffered at one of the clubs now at the centre of the scandal that has engulfed the sport.
The player, who was a rising star in Peterborough United’s youth set-up in the mid-1990s, went to the club in 2013 with serious complaints about how he was treated by Bob Higgins, one of the coaches now facing multiple allegations. Continue reading...
They were the talk of the town in 1990s Britain, but are the "It girl's" best days over?
BERLIN (Reuters) - European police officials have agreed to boost coordination and expand counterterrorism efforts to fight a growing network of Islamist militants, Europe's police agency and German authorities said on Thursday.
Dogs mirror the personalities of their human companions, according to research.
LONDON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to this year's Group of Seven summit of world leaders, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday, scotching rumours of a possible last-minute invite.
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries is wrong and Britain does not plan to adopt a similar policy, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.
Activists warn against proposal they call unprecedented in scope as sponsor cites preventing non-citizens from voter registration
Georgia lawmakers are advancing a bill that would allow the state to add “non-citizen” to the driver’s licenses of legal residents and green card holders living in the state. While some states have similar demarcation on the licenses of undocumented immigrants, activists say the breadth of Georgia’s proposal is unprecedented.
Related: US border agents could make refugees and visa holders give social media logins Continue reading...
A shopkeeper managed to fight off an armed robber using what police have described as "repellent spray".
Aid workers in Europe say children will risk their lives to cross the Channel as hope of legal route to the UK is removed
Aid workers in France, Greece and Italy said unaccompanied refugee children would be devastated by the curtailment of the Dubs scheme, and would respond by risking their lives to get to the UK illegally.
Charity workers in Calais said an estimated 200 asylum-seeking children were now living rough in the forests and woodland around the demolished refugee camp, many of whom had expected to be eligible to be transferred to the UK under the Dubs amendment. Continue reading...
A man has survived spending five hours trapped nose deep in a muddy dam after his digger tipped into it.
(Reuters) - Hull City manager Marco Silva wants his players to stay grounded ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to fourth-placed Arsenal, warning them they are not out of danger despite picking up points against Manchester United and Liverpool.
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday that she would trigger formal divorce talks with the European Union by the end of March.
A man who had his finger chopped off with a meat cleaver denies it was done by a DJ and said he "lied about everything".
WARSAW (Reuters) - Deterring Russia by a stronger security policy that includes a greater NATO presence in Poland and "renovation" of the European Union are key tasks for Warsaw's foreign policy this year, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed accounts that his Supreme Court pick was disheartened by the Republican president's attacks on judges, saying Judge Neil Gorsuch's comments were misrepresented.
WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - During his election campaign, Donald Trump signalled his presidency would be a boon for Israel and tough on Palestinians. The U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem, he would name an ambassador who backs Israeli settlements on land Palestinians seek for a state and there would be no pressure for peace talks.
He’s played Sam Cooke, an EastEnders bad boy and a closeted footballer in The Pass. Now, Arinzé Kene has returned to writing plays – and to the violent summer of 2011 – with a searing account of escalating tension in London
Arinzé Kene puts himself into his plays. Not, as some actor-playwrights do, with plum parts and killer lines, but by threading his own life into the shows he stages. “All these plays are part of my story,” he says. “They’re all part of the makeup of me.”
The thing that strikes you about Kene is his gentleness. For a big guy, 6ft and broad-shouldered, there’s something prim about the soft-spoken 29-year-old sipping peppermint tea. His eyes, deep chestnut and long-lashed, are quite disarming. Continue reading...
The messages of love advise recipients to spend the day with "your loved one, not us".
LONDON (Reuters) - British Cycling chairman Bob Howden has stepped down but will remain president, the organisation said on Thursday.
LONDON (Reuters) - The Treasury said on Thursday it had appointed Charlotte Hogg, who is currently chief operating officer of the Bank of England, to replace Minouche Shafik as a deputy governor at the central bank.
An Army bomb squad was called out to a building site to detonate a hoard of phosphorous explosives of the type issued to the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Introducing surveillance would transform classrooms from spaces cultivating inquiry into centres wary of being caught out by an all-seeing eye
Ask most teachers and you’ll hear us admit, on occasion, that we’ve wished for a tool that could record the poor behaviour of a student. What could give sweeter satisfaction than watching little Joshua squirm at seeing his repeated whispering replayed for mortified parents? How pleasurable it would be to freeze on the moment of shoddy subterfuge where a hand slips out of a pocket and glides swiftly to the mouth. No longer would you need to wonder if the slow-moving jaw was a sign of chewing. You could rewind and pause, catching the moment a Juicy Fruit packet is brandished under the table with a pipeline of hands ready to receive contraband. Proof would be only a click away. If this sounds too strong a reaction for what is essentially kids being kids, then you’re not wrong.
We might like to imagine that this scenario is a touch too close to George Orwell’s vision of a draconian totalitarian state; a possibility only in the distant future. But perhaps it’s as good a time as any to remind people of that motivational aphorism: the future is now. This week it was announced that two UK schools are trialling teachers using body cameras in classrooms, so “fed up with low-level background disorder” have they become. Continue reading...
Prosecutors say not enough evidence to charge man whose print was allegedly found on suspected getaway vehicle
A man whose palm print was allegedly found on a van suspected to have been used for a getaway in the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Northern Ireland will not be prosecuted, it has been confirmed.
The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said on Thursday there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the unnamed 59-year-old man over the murder of 10 Protestants in south Armagh. Continue reading...
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache resigned on Thursday after a decree on corruption that he had drafted triggered a week of mass street protests, international criticism and finally an embarrassing climbdown by the month-old government.
Now we know the identity of the chief executive of UK Research and Innovation, the science community will be anxiously watching his first steps
The establishment of the £6bn umbrella organisation for UK science funding, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has provoked debate across the research community since it was first mooted. Brainchild of a review by Sir Paul Nurse, UKRI will create what is in effect a new ‘super’ research council, sitting above the seven existing councils, and rolling in Innovate UK and Research England (the research arm of the Higher Education Funding Council for England).
The vision behind UKRI has not found favour in all quarters of British science. Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society, has been particularly vocal in his opposition to UKRI’s creation, fearing the disruption it will bring, at exactly the same time as Brexit is creating wider uncertainties for research funding. Others fear a creeping bureaucratisation and loss of autonomy across the existing funding bodies, with their individual chief executives ceding status and influence to their new UKRI boss. Continue reading...
(Reuters) - Midfielder Cheick Tiote has completed a switch to Chinese second-division side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle United, the English club said on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sanderson Farms Inc investors on Thursday will vote on a shareholder proposal requesting the third-largest U.S. poultry producer phase out the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention.
The club sees broadcasting and match day income soar as it eyes record annual revenues.
ROME (Reuters) - Juventus took another step towards a sixth successive Serie A title with a routine 2-0 win at Crotone and their seven-point lead at the top owes much to the tactical innovation and squad rotation of coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Justin Welby says he is ‘saddened and shocked’ by decision to stop accepting lone children, as faith leaders condemn move
The archbishop of Canterbury has led a groundswell of protest from faith leaders over the government’s announcement that it is ending its provision of safe haven for lone child refugees, calling for the decision to be reconsidered.
Justin Welby said he was “saddened and shocked” at the decision. “Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children,” he said in a statement. Continue reading...
Surrey's decision not to raise council tax by up to 15% "was theirs alone", the Local Government Secretary says.
The first "historically accurate" portrait of Jane Austen's Mr Darcy is revealed by academics.
The British inventor of stereo sound recording and many early broadcasting breakthroughs is being honoured with a posthumous Grammy award.
The Dubs children abandoned by Britain now sleep under bushes, at the mercy of people smugglers and riot police. This is how we care for their best interests
Call it shameful, call it cruel. The UK now has an effective refugee ban of its very own, targeting the most vulnerable of the vulnerable: unaccompanied children. In the House of Lords yesterday, the minister for immigration, Robert Goodwill, announced the abandonment of the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act. This was passed last May, after being designed by the peer and refugee Alf Dubs, who fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia as a child, one of thousands rescued in the Kindertransport effort.
Lord Dubs and his supporters had suggested the UK could potentially help 3,000 of the most vulnerable children in Europe - there are estimated to be 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children across the continent as a whole, including thousands who wait in the camps of Greece and Italy, described by Unicef as “alone and extremely vulnerable”. In itself, 3,000 was a modest and achievable number. But now, it emerges, we will be taking only 350 – including 200 who have already come over from the refugee camp in Calais – and we will then slam shut the door. Continue reading...
Plans upset school chiefs who have warned of financial meltdown in schools.
Gianni Pittella responds to contradictory statements reportedly made by Trump’s pick for EU ambassador
The credibility of Ted Malloch, the man tipped to be Donald Trump’s ambassador to the EU, is under question, the leader of one of the biggest political groups in the European parliament has said.
Gianni Pittella MEP, who leads the Socialists and Democrats, the second largest group in the chamber, responded to claims in the Financial Times about Malloch, who is said to have been interviewed by Trump for the Brussels role. Continue reading...
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained four Islamic State suspects who were believed to be planning attacks in Turkey, along with suicide belts and explosives, a provincial governor's office said on Thursday.
ROME (Reuters) - Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday that there was no need for a second independence referendum in Scotland and told the devolved Scottish government to get on with its day job.