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Women in Libya 'banned from travelling abroad solo'

Women under the age of 60 resident in east Libya have been banned from travelling alone by military officials in charge of the area, it has emerged.  The decision made last week by local military ruler Abdel-Razek al-Nadhouri barring younger women from going abroad without a male guardian was made for national security rather than religious reasons, reports said. Women ...

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Storm Doris: 80mph winds, snow and heavy rain to hit UK on Thursday

Gusts of up to 80mph, “blizzard” conditions and flying debris are expected on Thursday as Storm Doris swoops in from the Atlantic. The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for wind and snow across much of the UK for Thursday as the low pressure weather front moves in. Heavy rain is predicted for parts of north Wales, ...

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Morrisons approach Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw to become official 'pie-taster'

Supermarket chain Morrisons has made a bid for Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw after Monday night’s FA Cup pie-eating antics. The supermarket is keen to add the 23-stone goalkeeper to their ‘Pie Tasting’ team and has made quite the offer: a year’s worth of pies. Should Shaw accept, it’s expected the 46-year-old will join Morrisons on a one-year deal, ...

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Review: The School Play, Southwark Playhouse: Education becomes an exercise in simply ticking the boxes

Beginning with a lone “f**k”, this sets the tone for the rest of the play, where an insight into one hectic day – which is an everyday affair for teachers – culminates into a series of events of failure from the morning until the end of the school bell.   Alex MacKeith’s debut play epitomises failing schools, 65-plus-hour working weeks, ...

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How laws are putting strippers in greater danger

“Performing, I love performing,” says Sassy Billie, recalling her time as a stripper. “And learning pole dancing, and adding belly dance to my routines and making my own outfits. I love the creative side of it and making the best friends I’ve ever had,” Billie, a member of the campaign group the East London Stripper Collective (ELSC), tells The Independent. ...

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Teachers are leaving the profession in their droves – and little wonder. Who would want to be one in modern Britain?

Schools are reaching a crisis point. By 2025 there will be 3 million young people of secondary school age, but not enough young people are choosing to become teachers themselves. Teacher training places are going unfilled. Early last September, half of places on some such courses were sitting empty with just days to go before classes began. Government recruitment targets ...

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Barcelona Shooting: Police Open Fire On Stolen Truck Speeding Wrong Way On Motorway

Barcelona police opened fire on a truck to stop it as it sped down the motorway in the wrong direction, carrying gas cylinders. The vehicle rammed several cars as it sped towards the city on the Ronda del Litoral on Tuesday morning before police stopped it at one of the exits. Aquest és el camió de butà sostret i que ha circulat ...

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Councils Slam New Tory Funding Deal As 'Hugely Disappointing'

The Tory chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned councils will have to cut essential services, after they were given no extra cash for 2017. Gary Porter said local authorities would have to slash money for libraries, roadworks and bin collections to plug an approaching £5.8bn funding gap by 2020. He called the local Government finance settlement for ...

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Peckham Pride: LGBT+ And Migrant Groups Protest Against Deportations And Raids

Hundreds of migrants and members of the LGBT+ community joined forces last weekend and marched in south-east London to protest against deportations and immigration raids. Peckham Pride saw activists, locals and shopkeepers flood the streets, armed with both rainbow flags and placards.  “Gay venues used to be raided by police and now it’s migrant-owned shops,” said Ida-Sofie Picar, member of ...

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The Phenomenon Of Making Women Doubt Their Sanity Isn't New, But Gaslighting Finally Gives Us A Way To Call It Out

This morning, as we recover from the three glasses of wine my friend and I chugged after a hard day’s work yesterday, I have to deal with a voracious hangover appetite and an unquenchable thirst, but my friend has to deal with something much worse. Last night, a man pulled at the threads of her sanity in a calculated, cruel ...

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