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      Logical step or overreach? Guardian readers share their views on Sunak’s smoking ban

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 15:50

    While most who wrote in favoured some sort of action to reduce the damage caused by tobacco, some warned about the UK becoming a ‘nanny state’

    Dozens of people have shared with the Guardian how they feel about Rishi Sunak’s tobacco and vapes bill , which aims to create the UK’s first smoke-free generation. The proposed legislation would not ban smoking outright, but ensure that anyone born after 1 January 2009 would be banned from buying cigarettes.

    About half of respondents said they were in favour of the proposed ban, at least in principle, primarily due to the strain that smoking puts on the NHS. Many of them, however, questioned its enforceability and whether there would be unwelcome consequences.

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      Bloody Sunday families decry decision not to prosecute 15 veterans for perjury

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 15:35

    Move extinguishes one of the last hopes of legal action over killing of 13 civil rights demonstrators in Derry in 1972

    Relatives of Bloody Sunday victims have condemned a decision not to prosecute 15 former soldiers for perjury, calling it an affront to the rule of law.

    Northern Ireland ’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on Friday announced the 15 army veterans plus a former alleged member of the Official IRA would not face prosecution for allegedly giving false evidence to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

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      US and UK complicit in detentions at Syrian camps where torture rife, says Amnesty

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 09:01

    Report says thousands of people held in little-reported facilities where authorities are violating human rights on a large scale

    The US and UK are complicit in the detention of thousands of people, including British nationals, in camps and facilities in north-east Syria where disease, torture and death are rife, according to Amnesty International.

    In a report, the charity says the western-backed region’s autonomous authorities are responsible for large-scale human rights violations against people held since the end of the ground war against Islamic State (IS) more than five years ago.

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      US provides assurances to prevent Assange appeal against extradition

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 21:45

    Death penalty not to be imposed, but Wikileaks founder’s wife says Assange won’t be afforded first amendment protections

    The US has provided assurances to the high court in London in an attempt to prevent a last-ditch appeal by Julian Assange against extradition, but the WikiLeaks founder’s wife has dismissed them as “weasel words”.

    Last month, two judges deferred a decision on whether Assange, who is trying to avoid being prosecuted in the US on espionage charges relating to the publication of thousands of classified and diplomatic documents, could take his case to an appeal hearing.

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      Creating sexually explicit deepfake images to be made offence in UK

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 23:01

    Offenders could face jail if image is widely shared under proposed amendment to criminal justice bill

    Creating a sexually explicit “deepfake” image is to be made an offence under a new law, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

    Under the legislation, anyone who creates such an image without consent will face a criminal record and an unlimited fine. They could also face jail if the image is shared more widely.

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      High court judge removed from case in part due to his Garrick membership

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 18:41

    Jonathan Cohen was due to hear case involving alleged rape victim but second judge ruled he should not hear it

    A high court judge has been removed from presiding over a case involving an alleged rape and domestic abuse victim, in part due to his membership of the men-only Garrick Club.

    Sir Jonathan Cohen was due to hear a family court case involving a dispute between a separated couple over shared care arrangements for their child, but another high court judge ruled last Thursday that Cohen should not hear the case.

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      Prince Harry loses initial attempt to appeal against security ruling

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 15:42

    Spokesperson says Duke of Sussex will challenge decision and hopes to ‘obtain justice from the court of appeal’

    The Duke of Sussex has lost his initial attempt to appeal against a high court ruling over the level of his personal security when he visits the UK.

    Harry took legal action against the Home Office over the February 2020 decision of the executive committee for the protection of royalty and public figures (Ravec) that he should receive a different degree of taxpayer-funded protection when in the country.

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      Wrong couple get divorced after solicitor ‘clicks wrong button’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 13:13 · 1 minute

    London law firm admits to error but judge says final order cannot be overturned

    A couple were divorced by mistake after solicitors at a leading law firm made a computer error – but a senior judge has said it cannot be overturned.

    The couple, referred to as Mr and Mrs Williams by the high court, were married for 21 years until they separated in 2023.

    Solicitors at the London firm Vardags, headed by Ayesha Vardag, the self-styled “diva of divorce”, used an online portal to mistakenly apply for a final order for the couple, who were still attempting to agree financial arrangements for their split.

    Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the family division, explained lawyers had intended to apply for a divorce for another client “but inadvertently opened the electronic case file in ‘Williams v Williams’ and proceeded to apply for a final order in that case”.

    He said solicitors at Vardags, who were representing the wife, used the online portal “without the instruction or authority of their client”. He said the online system operated with “its now customary speed” and granted the order divorcing the Williamses within 21 minutes.

    The solicitors realised their mistake two days later and applied to the high court to rescind the final divorce order. They described the error as being simply that of someone at Vardags “clicking the wrong button” and argued that as the final order was applied for by mistake, it should be set aside.

    But McFarlane rejected the application and said: “There is a strong public policy interest in respecting the certainty and finality that flows from a final divorce order and maintaining the status quo that it has established.”

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