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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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Coalition: Here to stay?
Maude: Coalition could be permanent

By politics.co.uk staff The Conservative’s coalition with the Liberal Democrats could become permanent, Francis Maude is being quoted as saying. The Daily Mail reported that the Cabinet Office minister told a private gathering on Friday that Nick Clegg could remain deputy prime minister even if the Conservatives won a majority at the next election. “Even… Read more »

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Margaret Thatcher has been taken to hospital 'as a precautionary measure'
Lady Thatcher taken ill

By Peter Wozniak Margaret Thatcher was admitted to hospital last night for “routine tests” as a result of a condition which kept her from Downing Street on her birthday party. It is understood the former prime minister is suffering from an infection from which she has not yet recovered since becoming ill last week. Speaking… Read more »