Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’

Campaigners say women can face jail sentences up to life in UK owing to Victorian legislation Alabamas near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland. But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state. They point out that, unlike under Abortion Act 1967, which now allows for lawful abortions across Great Britain up to 24 weeks into pregnancy and beyond that in certain circumstances, was never applied in Northern Ireland. An alliance of fundamentalist Protestant Christians supported by their political allies in the Democratic Unionist party continue, alongside the Catholic Church, to block any moves …

How to spot a liar even if he isnt a cabinet minister

With Theresa May refusing to believe Gavin Williamsons claims of innocence, and Donald Trump estimated to have told 10,000 fibs in office, how can you tell when someones pants are on fire? To be perfectly honest, this seems to be a prime time for lies, mistruths and pants on fire. We have to navigate fake news constantly, while dodging conspiracy theorists, antivaxxers and misleading anti-abortion activists on social media. Last week, the Washington Post calculated that Donald Trump had told his 10,000th lie while in office. Theresa May, meanwhile, clearly didnt believe former defence secretary Gavin Williamsons protestations that he wasnt responsible for the National Security Council leak, hence Williamsons extreme step of Monica Lewinsky, Clinton is still regarded with …

Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Devastated areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi brace for the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and malaria Cyclone Idais death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi. All numbers for deaths are still preliminary, said Mozambiques environment minister, Celso Correia. As flood waters recede and more bodies are discovered, the final death toll in Mozambique alone could be above the early estimate of 1,000 made by the countrys president a few …