Donald Trump's Transgender Military Ban Rejected By Federal Judge

Transgender people will be able to join the US military in the New Year, a federal judge ruled on Monday, denying a request by Donald Trump’s administration to  enforce the ban while the government appeals an order blocking it. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington refused to lift part of her 30th October order stopping the ban from taking ...

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Grenfell Disaster Lawyer Warns Of 'Injustice' If Inquiry Fails Diversity 'Smell Test'

A lawyer representing survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire has questioned whether justice will be delivered if the public inquiry into the tragedy fails to pass a diversity “smell test”. On the opening day of the investigation, barrister Leslie Thomas raised fresh concerns that the inquiry’s independent expert advisory panel lacks people from different backgrounds. Thomas made reference to the ...

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Dennis Rodman requests US-North Korea envoy role to 'have a glass of wine' with Kim Jong un

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has suggested Donald Trump should appoint him as an envoy to North Korea. Rodman told reporters in Beijing, from where he had been hoping to fly to Pyongyang for his sixth trip there, that he would have a glass of wine with Kim Jong-un, “laughing and doing my thing”. “I guess things will settle down ...

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Natural disasters increasingly linked to climate change, new report warns

Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding and heatwaves, according to a new report. Researchers from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, a non profit organisation that supports debate on climate change and energy issues, analysed 59 studies which looked at climate change and extreme weather. All had been published since the Paris climate summit two years ...

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Bitcoin price could plummet if '1,000 people who own 40% of the market' sell up, report claims

Just 1,000 people own 40 per cent of the bitcoin market, according to a new report. These major investors, known as “whales”, could cause the value of the cryptocurrency to plummet at any point, it has been claimed. Bitcoin hit a new record high on 8 December, soaring above the $17,600 mark. At the start of the year, it was ...

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Pentagon says transgender troops will be able to enlist in military next month despite Trump's opposition

The Pentagon will allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning on 1 January, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition.  The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Mr Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against ...

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Mikheil Saakashvili trial: Wife of Georgia's former president appeals for help from Western countries

Mikheil Saakashvili’s wife has asked Western powers for help as her husband appeared at a court in Kiev accused of being involved in an alleged Russian plot to overthrow Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko. The appeal came as a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors’ request to place Mr Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention. “The prosecutors’ petition ...

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River Island unveils gender-neutral children's clothes

“Kids just want to be kids” is the message behind River Island’s new gender-neutral children’s clothing line – and we love it. The latest fashion brand to jump on the gender-neutral bandwagon, River Island’s decision to create a line of gender-neutral clothing for children is setting the stage for a society where children are allowed to make their own decisions ...

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Liverpool FC forward Mohamed Salah has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award. Salah finished top from a five-man shortlist after a fans’ vote, beating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Victor Moses. The Egypt international, who has racked up a double figure goal tally since moving to the Premier League from Roma, was presented with his ...

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Meet the world's youngest queen, 27-year-old Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Jetsun Pema, 27, is the world’s youngest living queen. She took the throne at the age of 21 in 2011, when she married King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, now 37. The couple — who have a 1-year-old son, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck — have both studied in England, share a love of art, and were once dubbed the Will ...

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