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New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people. The announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services came a day ahead of the annual march on Washington by abortion opponents, who will be addressed via video link by…

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Premier League takes on Saturday prime-time in new TV rights package

Eight Premier League games will be played in a new 19:45 slot on Saturdays under the terms of a new broadcast package from the 2019-20 season. Broadcasters will bid for rights to show 200 live matches, more than 50% of the league’s 380 games and an increase on the current deal’s 168. The new package will also allow successful bidders to broadcast rounds of midweek matches in their entirety. It will replace the existing record £5.136bn TV deal struck in 2015. The new kick-off times on Saturdays will likely see…

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Did you forget International Men's Day? Don't worry – the men's rights activists did too

It may come as a surprise to you that it was International Men’s Day (IMD) on Sunday. If you didn’t know about it, don’t feel bad: very few people did. That’s because the only time IMD gets a mention is on the 8th of March each year – International Women’s Day. Worldwide Google searches for IMD skyrocket at the beginning of March each year and then disappear for another 12 months. They’re barely even a blip in November, when the actual day rolls around (on the 19th).  Back view of a young…

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Match report – Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham: Gunners claim north London bragging rights as Spurs struggle

Arsenal beat down claims of a north London power shift as goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez sealed a brilliant 2-0 win over rivals Tottenham. Spurs has been hailed as the dominant force in this fiercest of rivalries of late, but the Gunners proved they are still a force to be reckoned with. Arsenal grabbed both of their goals in an entertaining first-half, which also saw Harry Kane force a save from Petr Cech and Christian Eriksen hit the post for the visitors. But overall, Spurs just weren’t at the races as…

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Encounters: A Lebanese Rocker Caught in a Human Rights Incident Over Rainbow Flags

Advertisement Hamed Sinno, the 29-year-old Lebanese rocker, showed up at Christopher Street in Manhattan looking agitated. He had gone to the wrong location of Maison Kayser, the French boulangerie, and by the time his cab got to the West Village he was an hour late. Wearing a headband and a loose black shirt, he had forgotten he had to have his photo taken, and apologized for his “bad hair.” Rock-star problems, right? But Mr. Sinno’s are more complicated than most. As one of the only openly gay celebrities in the…

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Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights

Taxi firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed. Last year, a tribunal ruled drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage. Uber appealed, arguing its drivers were self employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app. Uber claimed 80% of its drivers would rather be classed as self employed. What is the ‘gig’ economy? The Employment Tribunal upheld its original decision…

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'Big Six' Premier League clubs abandon global TV rights plan

Proposals to end the equal distribution of overseas television money have been abandoned after Premier League clubs failed to reach an agreement. The six richest clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – wanted their appeal reflected in their income. A plan suggested 35% of revenue from the sale of global TV rights should be divided based on league position. But a meeting set for Wednesday was called off as no decision was close. The Premier League said on Tuesday: “It has become clear that there…

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