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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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Northern Ireland Government proposes opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an… Read more »

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Former defence chiefs call for more money
Ex-defence chiefs call for more MoD funding

The government is under renewed pressure to increase military spending after complaints the armed forces lack the resources to fight a war on two fronts. Three former defence chiefs have launched the UK National Defence Association (UKNDA), lobbying the government to increase the military budget. Lord Guthrie, Admiral Lord Boyce and Marshall of the RAF… Read more »

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Troops to get free deliveries
Serving troops to get free postage

Politicians have welcomed Royal Mail’s decision to allow relatives of troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to send parcels for free. Royal Mail is working with the British Forces Post Office to arrange special arrangements for the busy posting period up until Christmas and will confirm formal arrangements in the next few days. Head of… Read more »