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Curriculum Bill passes stage one in Senedd

A Bill that will make religious education in Wales fully inclusive of humanism has passed the first stage before becoming law. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for this change – has strongly welcomed the news, saying the Bill will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. Following a debate, Senedd members today voted… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Alistair Darling reportedly meeting with ministers over cuts
Darling begins ‘cuts’ meetings

By politics.co.uk staff Alistair Darling is reportedly beginning a series of meetings with Cabinet colleagues to discuss which areas of public spending can be cut. The BBC reported the chancellor was due to spend much of today talking with ministers about which programmes, if any, they would be prepared to see culled from their departments…. Read more »

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Clocks ticking for Afghanistan troops
Army chiefs face Afghan time pressure

By Alex Stevenson The new head of Britain’s forces in Afghanistan and US four-star general David Petraeus admitted concerns about time pressure in separate speeches in London last night. Major General Sir Nick Carter warned that troops in Afghanistan “don’t have the luxury of time” as he pressed the importance of showing improvements rapidly. He… Read more »