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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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R Kelly faces fresh claims of sexual abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rochelle Washington (l), and Latresa Scaff (r) are being represented by lawyer Gloria Allred Two more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the R&B singer R Kelly. Rochelle Washington and Latresa Scaff told a news conference they were given drink and drugs at an after-concert party in Baltimore in the 1990s. They said the singer then cornered them in a hotel room and demanded sex. Kelly, 52, has been accused of decades of sexual abuse against women. He has never…

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Diplomatic gold? Joint North Korea-South Korea Olympic bid faces long odds

SEOUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – If North and South Korea succeed in their long-shot bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics, any athletic feats at the Games may be overshadowed by the political achievements needed to make it happen. FILE PHOTO: Participants form a message during Mass Games in May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018. Picture taken September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File photo Buoyed by the role the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics played in easing tensions last year, South Korean…

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Libby Squire arrest man faces unrelated charges

Image copyright Humberside Police/PA Image caption Libby Squire has not been seen since she went for a night out in Hull on 31 January A man held over the disappearance of Libby Squire remains of interest to the inquiry, police have said, as unrelated charges against him were announced. The University of Hull student, 21, has been missing for 10 days and was last seen after a night out. On Wednesday, Humberside Police arrested a 24-year-old man at a house in Raglan Street, Hull. The force said the man had…

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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger faces crunch decision

Image copyright Getty Images A key decision that could reshape the UK’s supermarket sector is due shortly, with Sainsbury’s and Asda waiting to hear if their proposed merger can go ahead. Should the deal go through, the combined group would knock Tesco off its perch as the UK’s biggest supermarket chain. But concerns over whether shoppers could face higher prices or less choice as a result of the tie-up has led the UK’s competition watchdog to put the sector under the microscope. Sainsbury’s and Asda – which is owned by…

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Labour MP Luciana Berger faces no confidence vote

Image copyright UK Parliament A Labour MP is facing a vote of no confidence from local party members who accuse her of “continuously criticising” Jeremy Corbyn. Luciana Berger has spoken out over the party’s handling of anti-Semitism and its stance on Brexit. She has been backed by former Labour leader Ed Miliband. But shadow chancellor John McDonnell said she should reject claims she supported a “breakaway party” to show members she was “sticking with Labour”. Ms Berger said she would be not be “distracted from fighting for the interests of…

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Super Bowl 53: Name the famous faces from this Super Bowl selfie

“Say cheese” – can you name the famous faces in this selfie? Let’s be honest, it’s not quite the Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie. But they are certainly a motley crew – and perhaps not a group you would ever expect to mix. Famous folk flocked from all corners of the globe to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, where Tom Brady’s New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win their sixth title. Jon Bon Jovi was there, so were Usain Bolt, Conor McGregor, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx,…

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South Africa’s Vodacom faces protests over call-back service compensation

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A settlement offered by South African mobile telecoms provider Vodacom to a former employee drew tens of protesters on Thursday calling for a better deal. Vodacom was ordered in 2016 by the country’s top court to pay Nkosana Makate for his role in creating the company’s call-back messaging service. The Constitutional Court did not set a specific compensation amount, however, leaving it to both parties to iron out. The court ruled that should the two sides fail to agree an amount, Vodacom Chief Executive Shameel Joosub had…

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U.S. FCC faces tough questions from court on net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court asked pointed questions of the Federal Communication Commission on Friday in hearing a challenge to whether the Trump administration acted legally when it repealed landmark net neutrality rules governing internet providers in December 2017. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The panel heard more than four hours of arguments in the first court hearing on the FCC’s controversial decision to reverse the Obama administration’s 2015 rules,…

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Dalek shed museum faces extermination over planning rules

Image copyright PA Image caption Lisa Cole said the Dalek had been warmly welcomed by villagers A family-run science fiction museum may be exterminated because a Dalek display does not comply with planning regulations. The owners of the Museum of Classic Sci-Fi have been ordered to remove a shed from the front of their home which houses the replica Doctor Who villain. It has been on display since the museum opened in Allendale in October. Northumberland County Council said the shed did not fit in with the character of the…

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