Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria

Kimberly Taylor, 27, who quit UK last year to join all-female military unit, says she is willing to give her life to end extremism

A self-styled “revolutionary” from Blackburn is believed to have become the first British woman to travel to Syria to join the fight against Isis.

Kimberly Taylor, 27, left the UK to join the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female affiliate army of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan, last March.

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Survey reveals UK judges’ concerns over pay and safety

Third of all judges says they may consider quitting early in next five years, and three-quarters say their earnings are inadequate

Almost half of all high court judges plan to leave the bench early, according to a survey that exposes widespread resentment among the judiciary over loss of earnings, deteriorating working conditions and fears for their personal safety in court.

While almost all judges believe they provide an important service to society and are committed to their roles, morale has declined sharply since the last survey was conducted.

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Offside Trust: ‘We need more modern-day footballers to support us’

Steve Walters, who suffered historical sexual abuse, says a number of high-profile clubs have resisted backing the trust he helped set up to support victims and he wants more players to speak out

Steve Walters is doing his best to crack on with his day even though he has not slept for the past couple of nights. This is not uncommon. For the group of former footballers who opened up last November to reveal their childhood ordeals, sexual abuse at the hands of youth coaches which shaped the rest of their lives, telling their stories has not suddenly made everything better. The impact of the damage goes on.

Walters has counselling and therapy every week. The strain extends to family life. He has a son who plays academy football for a Premier League team but feels he has to keep his distance. “I don’t want to impact on his chances,” Walters says. “I don’t want people talking. Kids can be cruel about that kind of thing. I am just trying to protect him. It is difficult.” He is not seeking sympathy, just telling it how it is with unfiltered candour.

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‘Christianity theme park’ in Mao Zedong’s home province sparks outrage

Neo-Maoists express fury online over project in city of Changsha, regarded as Chinese communism’s answer to Mecca

Firebrand neo-Maoists have launched an online crusade against a “Christianity theme park” that recently opened in the southern Chinese city where Chairman Mao Zedong “converted” to communism.

The park – which is reportedly centred around an 80-metre (263ft) tall church designed to resemble Noah’s Ark – was inaugurated last month in the city of Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.

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Amber Rudd criticised for barring child refugees from UK – video

Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Diane Abbott criticise the home secretary, Amber Rudd, over the closure of the ‘Dubs scheme’ to bring unaccompanied child refugees to UK after only 350 arrivals. Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday, Rudd defended the decision to end the government’s commitment to the scheme

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The Iraqi girls who escaped from Isis – video

When Isis militants invaded Sinjar in Iraq they took many young women and girls – some as young as nine years old – as sexual slaves and forced them to convert to Islam. These two women escaped and returned to their home village on Mount Sinjar. Here they discuss their traumatic experience, their struggle to be accepted back by their community and the women and girls still held by Isis

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Nurse gets suspended sentence over fatal blood transfusion mix-up

Lea Ledesma receives 18-month suspended sentence after errors led to Ali Huseyin being given AB blood though he was type O

A nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been given a suspended sentence.

Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes that led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.

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Nurse gets suspended sentence over fatal blood transfusion mix-up

Lea Ledesma receives 18-month suspended sentence after errors led to Ali Huseyin being given AB blood though he was type O

A nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been given a suspended sentence.

Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes that led to Ali Huseyin, 76, being given type AB blood during a transfusion even though he was blood group O.

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Five ways Britain wrecks young people’s mental health – and how to stop it | Emily Reynolds

I’ve spoken to many children and teenagers for my book, and have been shocked by their treatment by health and education services. It doesn’t have to be like this

A study from the Varkey Foundation has revealed that young people in the UK suffer from some of the “lowest levels of mental wellbeing in the world” – second only to Japan.

This won’t be a shock to anyone familiar with statistics on child and adolescent mental health in Britain. Some 75% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18, and the charity MQ estimates that on average, there are three children in every classroom with a diagnosable mental illness. This, combined with a continuing crisis in mental healthcare in Britain, means young people are not getting the help they need or deserve. But how exactly young people being failed?

Related: UK second only to Japan for young people's poor mental wellbeing

There's a research budget of just £8 per person affected by mental illness – compared with £178 for cancer

Related: What can be done to tackle the youth mental health treatment gap? | Paul Burstow

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Five ways Britain wrecks young people’s mental health – and how to stop it | Emily Reynolds

I’ve spoken to many children and teenagers for my book, and have been shocked by their treatment by health and education services. It doesn’t have to be like this

A study from the Varkey Foundation has revealed that young people in the UK suffer from some of the “lowest levels of mental wellbeing in the world” – second only to Japan.

This won’t be a shock to anyone familiar with statistics on child and adolescent mental health in Britain. Some 75% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18, and the charity MQ estimates that on average, there are three children in every classroom with a diagnosable mental illness. This, combined with a continuing crisis in mental healthcare in Britain, means young people are not getting the help they need or deserve. But how exactly young people being failed?

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