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Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. The case is described in a letter provided to The Associated Press, written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases. Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental…

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Sex scene rules would be 'censorship' star says

Hollywood star Andy Serkis says new rules surrounding the filming of sex scenes could amount to “censorship” and stifle creativity. Actors’ union Equity is considering bringing in guidance for intimate scenes on stage and screen in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The proposals, being discussed this week, could ban actors kissing with tongues and nudity in auditions. Jennifer Lawrence spoke last year about being made to stand in a nude line-up. Equity is understood to be looking at the suggestions as to how to deal with simulated sex as…

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Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules

The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge’s decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. Lawyers filed the notice of appeal to the 9th District Court of Appeals on Friday, nearly two months after Oakland-based U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked the changes to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Obama appointee said the Trump administration failed to follow notice and public comment requirements before implementing the changes. A federal judge in Philadelphia…

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Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the relevant privacy settings “hidden”. Facebook intends to appeal, but believes that planned changes to the app will ensure it obeys the law. Vzbv also plans to appeal because some of its other allegations were rejected. These included a claim…

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Scotland: Walter Smith rules out national manager's job return

Walter Smith has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Scotland manager. Smith, 69, previously held the role and was being considered for a return by the Scottish FA. It is believed the former Rangers and Everton boss was not offered the position but ruled himself out after talks with the governing body. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill last month turned down the chance to manage Scotland. Mackay among names in frame for Scotland manager SFA ‘should ask Clarke Scotland question’ What issues will face new SFA…

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Westminster sexual harassment to be tackled by new rules

Complaints of sexual harassment at Westminster will be handled by a trained sexual violence adviser, as part of proposed changes to deal with the issue at Parliament. A cross-party committee said such behaviour had been “a feature in the lives” of many who work at Parliament. It carried out a survey and heard from more than 250 people who experienced sexual harassment in the past year. MPs found to have harassed staff will face suspension or deselection. And mandatory training is recommended for all MPs, peers and their staff. MPs’…

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UK judge rules intensive care for brain-damaged boy can halt

A British judge has ruled that intensive care treatment can be withdrawn for a brain-damaged 11-month-old boy despite his parents’ wishes for continued intervention. Judge Alistair MacDonald said Monday in Birmingham that doctors can stop providing life support treatment to Isaiah Haastrup. The case had been heard in the Family Division of the High Court in London. Specialists at King’s College Hospital say further intensive treatment would be “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests.” Doctors told the court the boy had suffered “catastrophic” brain damage because of oxygen…

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