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  • No changes yet to transgender policy, says US general

    27 July 2017 20:05 1

    Gen Joseph Dunford assures military all members will be treated with respect The US military’s top general said on Thursday there had been no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after president Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to ban them appeared to catch senior officers by surprise. Marine Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the military’s

  • Transgender people 'will continue to serve until US military receives guidance'

    27 July 2017 17:01

    In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said "there will be no modifications" to current policy for now, amid questions about Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter that the US government will not "accept or allow" transgender people to serve in any capacity

  • Cody-Anne Jackson jailed for murdering her two-year-old daughter

    27 July 2017 14:21 2

    Before the killing, Cody-Anne Jackson sent a photo of Macey Hogan to her father - with the note: "Savour the last ever picture." Cody-Anne Jackson suffocated Macey Hogan on 10 October 2016, but waited several hours before making a "sham" phone call to 999. Before the killing, she had sent a photo of Macey to the child's father, along with the message

  • Pentagon 'worried Trump was going to declare war on North Korea' during tweets about military

    27 July 2017 12:59

    There were nine long minutes between Mr Trump’s first tweet - announcing he had been consulting with his generals - and the second, in which he said he had decided transgender people could not serve in the military. During that time, some people were apparently worried Mr Trump had Pyongyang in his sights, rather than the rights of LBQTQ servicemen and women

  • The divorce of Britain and the EU’s bank may get messy

    27 July 2017 12:11 3

    Calculating the UK’s ‘share’ of the EIB is likely to prove difficult and contentious It’s not only the member states who are represented in the Brexit talks by the European Commission team led by Michel Barnier, but the EU institutions too. They include European Parliament, whose representatives are in as close daily touch with the Barnier task force

  • The Daily 202: Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation

    27 July 2017 11:09

    His surprise announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, reversing an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly, caught the Pentagon and Capitol Hill off guard. -- Reflecting how dramatically the national conversation on LGBTQ rights has shifted in recent years, the news drew swift

  • Convicted Islamic terrorist cannot be deported from Ireland, Supreme Court rules

    27 July 2017 10:47

    Former Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald ordered the deportation of the Algerian, who has been linked to al-Qa’ida. But following a lengthy legal battle the Supreme Court today quashed a decision by the minister not to revoke the order. It concluded the matter should be considered again by the new Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, taking into account

  • A 16-year-old girl has been found dead on railway tracks in the UK

    27 July 2017 09:17 2

    A 16-year-old girl was found dead on the tracks of a Kent train station yesterday. Taiyah Pebbles was found early yesterday morning on the tracks of Herne Bay station. She had been previously seen near the area with friends the night before. Police investigating her death are treating the incident as unexplained, but they believe her injuries were caused

  • Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops

    27 July 2017 08:31 4

    Hundreds gathered around the US Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square, holding signs saying "Resist!" and listened to speakers who condemned the ban, which was announced on Twitter by the president. Demonstrator Yael Leberman said transgender people "are completely adequate to serve" and combat was "not about physical, it's about mental" abilities

  • Jason Corbett was 'beaten after death'

    27 July 2017 07:19 4

    Murder trial continues in North Carolina The North Carolina murder trial heard the Limerick man suffered a minimum of 12 major blows to the head with parts of his skull broken loose in two different areas. North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner's Office associate pathologist Dr Craig Nelson said the sheer extent of the damage to Mr Corbett's skull was similar