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Federal government commits to action on endometriosis

Efforts to improve the lives of women living with endometriosis have been boosted, with the Turnbull government announcing the development of an action plan for the painful and often misunderstood gynaecological condition. Endometriosis affects an estimated one in 10 women and diagnosis of the condition takes on average about eight to nine years. Endometriosis often causes severe pelvic pain and can cause infertility. Photo: Stocksy “This condition should have been better acknowledged and acted upon long ago but today we are taking action so the struggle that women face will no…

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Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones. The group taking action – Google You Owe Us – is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd. He estimates affected users could be paid “a couple of hundred pounds each”. The case centres on how Google used cookies – small pieces…

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Romelu Lukaku: No action against Man Utd striker for alleged kick on Brighton's Gaetan Bong

There will be no action taken against Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku for allegedly kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong. The alleged incident happened in United’s 1-0 win on Saturday, but was not seen by referee Neil Swarbrick. The Football Association referred it to three ex-Premier League referees to independently review on Monday. They each had to agree it was a sending off offence for action to be taken and that was not the case. The decision means Lukaku has escaped a three-match domestic ban which would have seen…

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Sia's power move against the paparazzi should inspire action on image-based abuse

 As everyone knows, when you come of age as a woman in the world, you sign away all rights to personal autonomy, respect, and the choice of who does and doesn’t get to see you in your birthday suit. Or that’s what people seem to think at least. Don’t like having your nudes stolen and shared? Too bad, sweetheart, you don’t make the rules! Sia turned the attempt to humiliate her into promo for her ‘Everyday is Christmas’ album.   What some of these folks never seem to consider is…

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Action urged over Westminster abuse claims

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has been asked to make an urgent statement about tackling sexual harassment amid a series of allegations of inappropriate behaviour by MPs. Theresa May has already called for tougher procedures to deal with MPs accused of harassment. In a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow, the PM said the Commons’ disciplinary regime needed reforming. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has offered to meet the PM to discuss it. Mrs May also called for an independent mediation service, as she said the current regime lacked “teeth”. Sir Alistair…

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National Action charges: Man accused of MP murder threat

One of six men charged with belonging to the banned far-right group, National Action, is also accused of encouragement to commit murder. The charge against Christopher Lythgoe, 31, from Cheshire, relates to Labour MP Rosie Cooper, the BBC understands. A 22-year-old man, from Lancashire, who cannot be named, has also been charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism and “threats to kill”. All six are to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday. National Action became the first far-right organisation to be banned in the UK in December…

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