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Maternity care in Highlands 'making women reconsider having babies'

<b>Women who live in the Highlands are thinking twice about having children after changes to maternity services.</b><p>That is the claim of the Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) following last year's downgrading of Caithness General Hospital's maternity service.<p>Pregnant mums are faced with a 100-mile, …

Pregnancy

Home Office withdraws Border Force job ads over discrimination fears

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland says requirement for British passport is potentially unlawful<p>The government has withdrawn a recruitment campaign for 1,000 Border Force officers after discrimination concerns were raised in Northern Ireland because the jobs were restricted to British …

United Kingdom

<b>One of Jeremy Corbyn's key allies has warned MPs who attack the Labour leader over issues like anti-Semitism "in front of our enemy" that they "can expect to be held to account".</b><p>Unite leader Len McCluskey accused "Corbyn-hater MPs" of trying to "toxify the Labour Party" over anti-Semitism.<p>He …

Anti-Semitism

<b>The head of Spain's Madrid region has stepped down amid shoplifting allegations, weeks after being accused of faking a master's degree.</b><p>A video has emerged from 2011 allegedly showing Cristina Cifuentes handing items to a supermarket security guard.<p>It is claimed she had taken two pots of anti-ageing …

Europe

Auschwitz rap: German Echo music prize scrapped in anti-Semitism row

<b>Germany's music industry is abolishing its prestigious Echo prize, after an outcry over its award to a rap duo with lyrics denounced as anti-Semitic.</b><p>German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won the hip-hop/urban prize for an album featuring verses comparing their muscles to an Auschwitz survivor.<p>The …

Anti-Semitism

Boris Johnson doesn’t care about Windrush – only about himself

The reason for his reported clash with Theresa May is coldly political. He knows the scandal will damage Tories at the polls<p>Which Boris Johnson is your favourite? Are you, perhaps, an admirer of today’s apparently more liberal foreign secretary, who reportedly clashed with the prime minister as he …

Boris Johnson

Hank Azaria on The Simpsons' Apu controversy: 'I'm perfectly willing to step aside'

The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria, who provides the voice for Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, has said he would be willing to give up the role and be replaced by an Indian or south Asian actor after calling for more “inclusion” and diversity in the show’s writing room.<p>He made the comments on Stephen Colbert’s …

Comedy

Cliff Richard case: BBC had 'strong reasons' to name singer

<b>The BBC's director of news and current affairs has said there were "strong reasons" to name Sir Cliff Richard during a police inquiry into him.</b><p>Fran Unsworth told the High Court that while the story would cause "distress" to Sir Cliff, it was "in the public interest."<p>Sir Cliff is suing the BBC for …

United Kingdom

Hank Azaria 'willing to step aside' from Simpsons Apu role

<b>Hank Azaria says he is "willing to step aside" from his role voicing Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.</b><p>It follows a documentary made by Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu that argued the Indian character is based on racial stereotypes.<p>Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Azaria …

Entertainment

Han Solo new trailer reveals Lando is BISEXUAL? Watch him FLIRT with Han

DID the new Solo: A Star Wars Story just reveal the first ever gay or bisexual character after fans go wild for this flirting scene between Lando and …

Star Wars

Monkey cannot own copyright on grinning selfie, US court rules on PETA suit

Years after a macaque monkey snapped a viral selfie in Indonesia, a US court rejected a suit by PETA to name him copyright owner. The judges said …

Swimming Pools

Denmark's Liberals to oppose circumcision ban

"It has been difficult today, and if we had taken the easy route, we would have said ‘yes’ to a ban,” the party’s group chairman, Søren Gade, told …

Europe

Emmanuel Macron's risky role as Donald Trump's best friend

The optics tell a clear story: French President Emmanuel Macron scored the first state visit of the Trump presidency the same week German Chancellor …

North Africa

The US and Europe’s tourist visa rules paint a stark picture of passport privilege

Scroll through Instagram influencers’ feeds on any given day, and you’re likely to come across at least one photo of a passport and boarding pass splayed on a table in the airport departure lounge. The snap usually signals its owner’s imminent departure to a far-off land, but for a sizable chunk of …

Immigration

Is Facebook replaceable? Tech investor launches bid to 'start the process'

Jason Calacanis, an early investor in Uber, spearheads a contest to find a service ‘that is actually good for society’<p>Can Facebook be replaced? The prominent Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis, who was an early investor in several high-profile tech companies including Uber certainly hopes so. …

Social Media

Has Kim Kardashian taken it too far? Fans gobsmacked as star verges on full frontal in naked fragrance ad

Kim Kardashian – cat got your clothes?<p>The mother of three is at it hardcore today with the release of her latest fragrance line – and boy is she …

Beauty

Is the gender pay gap a myth?

Gender

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers are 'unable to tell the time'

Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.<p>Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on …

Education

Amber Rudd's LK Bennett comment shows just how out of touch she is

The home secretary said the new residency application system for EU nationals will be ‘as easy as setting up an online account’ at the luxury retailer, where a dress can set you back £400<p><b>Name:</b> LK Bennett.<p><b>Age:</b> 28.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Privately educated head girl of the high street.<p><b>Who is she?</b> She is actually …

Amber Rudd

How should Germany deal with Islamic anti-Semitism?

There have been multiple instances of attacks and threats against Jews in Germany. What motivates such violence, and what steps must be taken to …

Anti-Semitism

UK set for Brexit clash as Brussels shoots down plan for City to access EU markets

Britain’s hopes for a bespoke deal to let the City of London access the EU, and companies across the Channel to access finance in the UK, has taken a blow as a top European Commissioner warned that Brussels wants to keep an unusually tight hold over banking regulation.<p>Valdis Dombrovskis, the top …

United Kingdom

Home Office threatened to deport Windrush migrant to Jamaica after living in Britain for 54 years

The Home Office sent a Windrush migrant a 'disgusting' letter, threatening him with deportation within seven days, after living in Britain for 54 …

Windrush

Brexit negotiators ‘handed EU power to freeze UK out of Galileo satellite project’, despite Theresa May's protest

Britain handed the EU the power to freeze UK companies out of its lucrative Galileo satellite navigation project, MPs have concluded, in a major …

United Kingdom

‘Rich kid’ who swapped life with ‘skint’ family for TV show surprises by not being spoiled

The star of a new Channel 5 show has shocked by not living up to her stereotype of being ‘spoiled’.<p>If ever ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ was …

Sofa

Osama bin Laden’s alleged ex-bodyguard receives $1,400 a month from German taxpayers

The German government has been paying about $1,400 a month to a man who once allegedly guarded Osama bin Laden.<p>“Sami A.," from Tunisia, is said to have worked for the al-Qaeda leader in 2000 in Afghanistan.<p>The 42-year-old has lived in Germany since 1997, receiving about $1,429 a month in welfare …

Terrorism

Congratulations, William and Kate – you can afford a third child

Britain’s two-child policy for people on benefits is a disgrace, in a country that enjoys such vast wealth<p>Congratulations to the royal couple on three levels. First, by so spectacularly timing the birth of the baby boy with Saint George’s Day, a happy convergence that will cause patriotic English …

Prince Charles

Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis'

In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just how unprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation about race<p>George Yancy’s new book, Backlash, grew out of Dear White America, a piece on the pervasiveness of white racism that he wrote for the New York Times’ …

Race & Ethnicity

'I felt like dirt': disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years

Margaret O’Brien’s treatment by Home Office suggests scandal goes beyond Windrush generation<p>Margaret O’Brien, 69, moved from Canada to Wolverhampton in 1971, got married, had three children and worked for the local council for more than 25 years as a dinner lady, meals on wheels driver, lollipop …

Immigration

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans election rally in Europe

The Turkish leader said he was planning a campaign rally in Europe ahead of June elections. But several European countries, including Germany, have …

North Africa