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Decision to deny surgery to obese patients is like 'racial discrimination'

The decision by an NHS body to restrict obese patients’ access to elective surgery until they lose weight is comparable with racial or religious discrimination, a surgeon has said.<p>The Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) will make people wait for up to a year for treatment for …

Physiology

After the Brexit vote, Britain must introduce compulsory voting

No doubt you will have heard a lot about Australia’s points-based immigration system in recent times, but there is a lesser-touted Australian law that Britain should consider following its decision to leave the European Union: enforced compulsory voting.<p>Before Australia goes to the polls this …

United Kingdom

Jamie Shupe becomes first legally non-binary person in the US

When an Oregon judge declared Jamie Shupe could legally shed the designation of male or female, Shupe felt free.<p>“I have my life back,” Shupe said. “I’m not a male. I’m not a female.”<p>I am the first official genderless person in the United States | Jamie Shupe<p>Read more<p>Shupe appears to be the first …

LGBTQI

Residents fleeing Fallujah tell of 'horrific' ISIL rule

<b>Amiriyat al-Fallujah -</b> As the Iraqi military and allied Shia militias continue their campaign to regain control over Fallujah, a small number of families have managed to escape the besieged city.<p>Located 50km west of Baghdad in Anbar province, Fallujah was among the first to fall to Islamic State of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Nauru's detention centre: 'Many of us think of suicide' | Refugees

<b>Melbourne, Australia</b> - Nauru is a tiny, 34 square kilometre island of barren land in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Despite the palm trees and picturesque blue waters, the island, home to around 10,000 people, is far from a tropical paradise.<p>The history of detention centres on Nauru is brief, but …

Australia

Former Miss Turkey found guilty of insulting Erdogan

A former Miss Turkey has been handed a 14-month suspended prison sentence for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through a poem she shared on social media.<p>She is the latest of at least a dozen Turks to face such a sentence.<p>An Istanbul court found model Merve Buyuksarac, 27, guilty of …

South Asia

It's time to acknowledge the genocide of California's Indians

Between 1846 and 1870, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Diseases, dislocation and starvation caused many of these deaths, but the near-annihilation of the California Indians was not the unavoidable result of two civilizations coming into contact for the first …

U.S. Army

Compassionate, wise, orderly – if only the Lords were elected

Of course peers suffer from a democratic deficit. But it’s great listening to people who actually know what they are talking about<p>I never thought I’d say this, but here goes: I recommend a visit to the House of Lords. True, there’s pomp. You have to report to Black Rod to be allowed to sit on the …

CrissCross

London students refuse to pay rent and demand 40% cut

Over 150 UCL students risk eviction because they are refusing to pay rent for university halls that they say have become unaffordable<p>Students in London are refusing to pay rent in protest against “soaring” accommodation prices, and are demanding a 40% cut in rental.<p>More than 150 students in two …

College & University

Migrant spouses who fail English test may have to leave UK, says Cameron

Migrants who fail language tests after two and a half years in the UK may be forced to leave, David Cameron has said, as he announced plans to encourage greater integration of Muslim women.<p>Cameron: migrants on spouse visas may have to leave if English doesn't improve - Politics live<p>Read more<p>When …

Muslim Women

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Reshuffle? Focus on Tory failings in health, housing and education instead’

Last month, the Observer ran major articles on Labour’s future. Here the leader of the opposition sets the case for a reforming Labour government to save Britain from what he sees as a reckless Conservative administration<p>Our democracy is being systematically undermined by David Cameron’s …

United Kingdom

CBI head promises to play major part in Brexit conversation

Carolyn Fairbairn says British businesses should ensure benefits of EU membership are fully understood by public<p>The new director general of the CBI is promising to play a leading role in the debate about whether Britain should stay in the European Union in 2016.<p>Carolyn Fairbairn said it will be up …

World Economic Forum

UK pushing for limits on air pollution to be relaxed, documents reveal

In papers seen by the Guardian, government calls for carmakers to be allowed to far exceed the nitrogen oxides limit until 2021<p>The UK is pushing for a weakening of air pollution limits and a delay to their introduction in response to lobbying from the motor industry, documents reveal.<p>In revelations …

Environmentalism

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Only one-quarter of Britons believe legal system is fair

And more than half consider UK justice system inaccessible, new survey shows<p>Only a quarter of the population believe that the UK’s legal system is “fair and transparent”, according to a survey released by a leading law firm.<p>Two-thirds of those questioned feel that wealth is now a more important …

Westminster Abbey

Doctors' strike called off after Hunt lifts threat to impose new contract

Action cancelled at last minute following health secretary’s decision to bow to BMA demand and lift threat to force contract on 45,000 trainee doctors<p>Junior doctors called off three days of planned strikes that would have seriously disrupted NHS services after a last-minute agreement to hold …

Health Care

Benefit cap discriminated against disabled people, court rules

High court finds that two claimants caring for relatives for upwards of 35 hours a week were effectively in work and should be exempt from cap<p>The welfare secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, unlawfully discriminated against disabled people by failing to exempt their carers from the benefit cap, a high …

Disability

Labour leadership in turmoil over vote on UK military action in Syria

Jeremy Corbyn writes to his MPs saying he cannot support action, but many shadow cabinet members are said to be considering backing extended airstrikes<p>Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn, have adopted sharply opposing views on UK military action against Islamic State, hours …

Labour Party

George Osborne scraps tax credit cuts in welfare U-turn

Chancellor says in autumn statement that improvement in public finances means he is able to ditch controversial cut<p>Spending review 2015 – as it happened<p>George Osborne executed a U-turn on planned cuts to tax credits, using an unexpected £27bn fiscal windfall in a bid to defuse a damaging political …

United Kingdom

Activists 'glued to gates' at Heathrow immigration removal centre

Campaign group Unity, which supports asylum seekers, says group took action at Colnbrook facility near airport in attempt to prevent Africa deportation flight<p>Two people glued themselves to the gate of an immigration centre in an attempt to stop the departure of a deportation flight from the UK, a …

Immigration

Most senior judges and top QCs still privately educated, figures show

Proportion of senior judges who went to fee-paying schools has barely fallen since 1989, analysis by the Sutton Trust finds<p>Nearly three-quarters of senior judges and 71% of top QCs are privately educated, according to analysis by the Sutton Trust.<p>The proportion for judges has barely changed since …

List-Worthy

Whiny Miserable Feminists! Mike Buchanan of "Justice for Men & Boys & the women who love them Party"

Female MPs call for breastfeeding to be allowed in House of Commons

Move may be ‘ridiculously controversial’ but it is necessary to get more women into parliament, says Labour MP Jess Phillips<p>Female MPs have demanded new mothers be allowed to breastfeed in the House of Commons chamber, a move they say may be seen as “ridiculously controversial” but it is necessary …

United Kingdom

Inquiry to examine claims police spied on Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone

Whistleblower’s revelations that police kept secret files on 10 Labour politicians to be investigated by public inquiry<p>A public inquiry is to scrutinise allegations that police covertly monitored Labour MPs including Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone in the 1990s.<p>Lord Justice Pitchford, the senior …

Surveillance

Theresa May unveils new measures to spy on internet use – video

Home secretary Theresa May likens accessing internet browsing history to allowing the authorities to see an itemised phone bill, as part of the new bill on internet surveillance in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The bill, known as the snooper’s charter, gives new powers for police and security …

Surveillance

Junior doctors reject 'misleading' pay offer and criticise Jeremy Hunt

A strike by junior doctors has moved a step closer after their union angrily rejected Jeremy Hunt’s latest offer and accused him of “devaluing” their key role in the NHS.<p>The junior doctors committee of the British Medical Association denounced the health secretary’s offer, including an 11% rise in …

United Kingdom

Student demonstrators clash with police at central London rally

Metropolitan police make arrests after scuffles break out during protest over fees and debt<p>Protesters have clashed with police as thousands of students marched through central London in a rally calling for free education, with some activists throwing smoke bombs and targeting government …

Higher Education

Osborne can find £4.4bn without cutting tax credits, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says chancellor should abandon politically damaging cuts and meet target by adjusting taxation and pension thresholds<p>George Osborne should abandon his planned cuts to tax credits and look for the £4.4bn in revenue elsewhere, according to the Resolution Foundation.<p>The thinktank …

Universal Credit

Theresa May forced to backtrack on internet 'snooping' plans

Highly controversial plans to allow the police and security services full access to everyone’s internet browsing history have been abandoned by ministers in what is being presented as a dramatic climbdown over online surveillance.<p>Amid fears in government that it would be unable to force new laws …

Surveillance

New Lords showdown over right-to-buy threat to rural areas

Campaign to Protect Rural England demands countryside to be exempt from plans, claiming families will be forced out of communities<p>The government is facing a fresh confrontation with the House of Lords amid new warnings that its housing policies will deprive rural communities of affordable homes and …

Housing