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British IS fighters 'should not be allowed back into the UK'

No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Gavin Williamson said: “Quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain.” He said everything should be done “to destroy and eliminate that threat.” At least 800 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS and 130 of those have been killed in conflict. Mr Williamson, who took over as defence secretary last…

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Mark Clattenburg: ‘I allowed Tottenham to self-destruct and lose Premier League title in 2016’

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has admitted he allowed Tottenham to “self-destruct” when they lost the title to Leicester last year.  The official took charge of Spurs’ bad-tempered 2-2 draw at Chelsea in May 2016 which allowed the Foxes to clinch a shock top-flight crown.  Needing to win to keep their title hopes alive, Tottenham lost a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge as Clattenburg booked nine players and Chelsea and Spurs received fines of £375,000 and £225,000 respectively from the Football Association.  But the 42-year-old said he went into…

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Women in Saudi Arabia cheer news they will be allowed into sport stadiums

Women in Saudi Arabia on Monday welcomed the announcement that from next year they will be allowed to watch sporting events in previously all-male stadiums for the first time. The move is the latest in a series of reforms in the deeply conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom that last month granted women the right to drive. In this September 23, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi men and women attend national day ceremonies at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Women will be allowed into sports…

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Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home

Women in Scotland are the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has written to all health boards to say the drug misoprostol can be taken by women outside of a clinical setting. The change brings Scotland in line with other countries such as Sweden and France. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has been lobbying to change the law in the UK for years. Two tablets The medical abortion treatment involves taking two different medicines. The first tablet is…

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Schools allowed to keep spare allergy pens under new law

All schools in the UK will be allowed to buy spare adrenaline auto-injectors for use on children with serious allergies in emergencies, following a change in the law. At present, children need a prescription to have one in school. The government said the move would prevent avoidable deaths and give parents peace of mind. In the UK, 17% of fatal allergic reactions in school-aged children happen while at school. From 1 October, all primary and secondary schools will be able to order extra adrenaline auto-injectors, such as EpiPen, Jext or…

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Saudi women to be allowed driving licences

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, state media say. Government ministries are to prepare reports within 30 days and the order will be implemented by June 2018, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving. Rights groups have campaigned for years to allow women in the ultraconservative kingdom to drive, and some women have been imprisoned for defying the rule. “The royal decree will implement the provisions of…

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Councils to be allowed to charge for road closures

Councils in England would be allowed to charge utility companies by the hour for roadworks which cause significant disruption, if government proposals are approved. The plan aims to halve the delays motorists endure due to utility works. Roadworks cost the economy £4bn a year due to delayed deliveries and people being unable to get to work on time. The proposals follow successful trials in London and Kent which saw severe congestion fall by more than 50%. ‘Lane rental’ The charges aim to encourage utility companies to avoid busy routes and…

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