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British woman's false rape claim appeal a 'critical moment' for Cyprus | World news

Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Activists in Cyprus have described the determination of a British teenager to overturn a conviction that she lied about being gang-raped on the island as “a critical moment” for women’s rights.Ten days after the 19-year-old received a suspended four-month sentence for the offence of fomenting public mischief, her lawyers filed an appeal against the conviction before the country’s supreme court.

Home Office proposes offence of possessing terrorist propaganda | UK news

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A new offence relating to possession of terrorist propaganda that glorifies or encourages extremism could be introduced to toughen up UK anti-terror laws.While legislation forbids distribution of extreme material, possession is only criminal if the material is useful in commission of a terrorist act.

Human rights court dismisses MI6 informant Wang Yam's appeal | UK news

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The European court of human rights has dismissed the appeal by the former Chinese dissident and MI6 informant Wang Yam that he had not had a fair trial because his defence evidence was held in secret on grounds of national security.He also said the UK breached the convention by refusing to allow the European court of human rights judges to have sight of his defence case.

Labour leadership: Momentum backs Long-Bailey after 70% of members endorse her - live news | Politics

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Turning back to the Labour leadership, Tim Bale and Paul Webb, two politics professors involved in the Party Members Project have published a very interesting article on the Conversation website giving more details of of the YouGov polling looking at what Labour members think about the Labour leadership.Polling on Labour leadership Photograph: The Conversation

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Union chief to sue police over megaphone assault trial | UK news

Ex-Uber driver James Farrar to claim malicious prosecution after case collapses due to lack of evidence

James Farrar said the case was a ‘corrupt and crude attempt to further disenfranchise precarious workers’.Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

A gig economy union leader is to sue the police after he was wrongly prosecuted for alleged assault at a demonstration by using a megaphone close to police officers’ ears.

Cambodia: treason trial of opposition figure Kem Sokha begins | World news

Erin Handley
A lot of international outlets will be relying on @Reuters for coverage of the trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha.“We know that not only Kem Sokha has become a hostage of this trial, the entire opposition has too,” said Prince Sisowath Thomico, a former senior member of Kem Sokha’s dissolved party.

Harry and Meghan seek global trademark for 'Sussex Royal' brand | UK news

As well as the application to register Sussex Royal – which the couple have been using on their Instagram account and on a website launched last week as they announced they were “stepping back” as senior royals – one was also made to register “Sussex Royal the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.Applications to trademark Sussex Royal for a range of goods and activities were lodged with UK intellectual property authorities last June by their advisers Natalie Campbell and Sara Latham.

UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission | UK news

Government’s advisory body says simplifying badly drafted regulations would save £70m

Immigration rules ran to 40 pages in 1973, but are now 1,100 pages long.Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade.

Harry and Meghan could face fight to protect 'Sussex Royal' brand | UK news

Pair may have to file objection after EU trademark application is apparently made from Italy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex face having to potentially make an objection to protect their would-be brand “Sussex Royal” after an application was lodged with EU authorities to trademark a range of goods including beer and jewellery.

Helen McCourt's killer to be freed as minister's appeal rejected | UK news

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Ian Simms, the murderer of Helen McCourt, is due to be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected an appeal by the justice secretary to rethink its decision to free him.The Parole Board approved Simms’ application for release in November, prompting criticism from Buckland, who called the decision “irrational”.

Investigation after prisoner found dead in cell at Belmarsh | UK news

Photograph: Dita Saliuka

A remand prisoner has been found dead in his cell at HMP Belmarsh after a dispute over whether he should have been classified as disabled.The family said the autopsy had still not been carried out and they had been told they would only be able to see his face afterwards.

‘Bring me home’: Ayia Napa teenager asks Boris Johnson to help | UK news

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A British teenager found guilty of lying about being gang-raped in Cyprus has pleaded with Boris Johnson to “bring me home”.The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was raped by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in the town of Ayia Napa on 17 July.

Another twist in the Wallis Simpson saga | Letter | UK news

Solicitor Robert Egerton’s familiarity with the hotel at the heart of the divorce case made his wife suspicious, recalls
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Wallis Simpson, circa 1936.Private papers from her solicitor this week revealed new details about the case.

Two Northern Ireland women to get abortion costs compensation | World news

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A mother and daughter from Northern Ireland who were forced to travel to England for an abortion are to be compensated by the government over their costs.Terms include payment of compensation by the UK government to A and B, and a contribution towards their legal costs.

Dutch supreme court upholds landmark ruling demanding climate action | World news

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The Netherlands’ supreme court has upheld a ruling ordering the country’s government to do much more to cut carbon emissions, after a six-year fight for climate justice.”
The Dutch government had previously said it would comply with the substance of the ruling, but it repeatedly appealed over the legal basis for the decision.