Call to restore full pensions to veterans who were dismissed over sexuality

A Royal Navy veteran has called for all servicemen and women kicked out of the armed forces because of their sexuality to be given a pardon and to have their full pensions restored. Joe Ousalice, 70, made the call after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that veterans who were dismissed in this way can …
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Trump Acquitted in Senate Impeachment Trial After Lawmakers Refuse to Call Witnesses

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Seven Republicans joined with all 50 Democrats Saturday voting to convict Donald Trump for inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, but the vote fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed. Senate president pro tem, Vermont Senator …
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Derry city councillors call for Cuban medical intervention to fight Covid

On 28 January, independent councillor Gary Donnelly will request help from the Cuban government to deal with the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Alongside councillors Sean Carr and Paul Gallagher, Donnelly will propose a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council inviting Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade (HRIMB) to the region to fight coronavirus. Donnelly …
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Nursing leaders call for more effective PPE in light of new coronavirus variants

Nursing leaders are calling on the government to urgently review the use of standard surgical masks by healthcare staff. A review would raise the question of whether surgical masks offer enough protection against highly transmissible strains of coronavirus (Covid-19). One nurse told the PA news agency that she feels staff are like “lambs to the …
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Thousands call on Home Office to shut barracks housing refugees amid coronavirus outbreak

120 people have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) at a military barracks housing refugees in Kent. The outbreak has sparked fears of a health crisis. Around 400 people are living at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which means that over 1 in 4 residents could be infected. The virus outbreak has added to concerns …
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Thousands call for refugee camps at military barracks to be shut down

Thousands of people are calling for controversial military barracks where refugees are being housed to be shut down. A petition to close camps in Kent and Wales has racked up more than 7,500 signatures in just a few hours after being launched on Friday morning. The petition states: Since September last year, the government has …
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Dozens of experts call on Longleat to give the ‘UK’s loneliest elephant’ her last chance for companionship

Dozens of experts have thrown their weight behind calls for giving the ‘UK’s loneliest elephant‘ her last chance for companionship. Anne, who currently resides at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, hasn’t seen another elephant for 19 years. A French sanctuary has offered her a home, opening up the possibility of her spending the remainder of …
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Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action

Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from “inappropriate” legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued. A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don’t feel “vulnerable …
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Thousands call on Longleat to give ‘the UK’s loneliest elephant’ the chance at a dream retirement

Many people can only dream of heading to the south of France for their retirement. For an elderly female elephant called Anne, however, that’s exactly the offer currently on the table. Action for Elephants UK’s (AFEUK) efforts to secure an independent veterinary assessment of Anne, to determine whether she’s fit for travel and could benefit …
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Nigerians call for a second wave of anti-SARS protests following the death of a man by Nigerian police

On 10 December, a Nigerian police officer shot and killed a young keke (tricycle taxi) rider in Port Harcourt. Nigerians are now calling for a ‘second wave’ of End SARS protests. On 8 October, young Nigerians took to the streets and social media to campaign against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian …
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