Trump issued new guidelines for the removal of illegal immigrants, widening the scope of deportation from those convicted of serious crimes to relatively minor offenders such as shoplifters. Amnesty International, in its annual report covering human rights in 159 countries, singled out the Trump administration as an example of the world's 'angrier and more divisive politics', also condemning the governments of Hungary, Turkey and the Philippines for their use of 'fear and blame'. An academic study of lifespans in 35 industrialised nations predicted that, by 2030, the United States would have the lowest life expectancy in the group. It is already the only country of
the 35 whose people have stopped growing taller. The UN children's agency, UNICEF, reported that one and a half million children are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia. A suicide bomber in the city of Mosul was named as Ronald Fiddler, originally from Manchester, a former detainee in Guantanamo Bay.

A heterosexual couple who applied to have a civil partnership instead of getting married had their case rejected by the court of appeal in London. The judges ruled that, although there was a potential breach of the couple's human rights, the government should have more time to decide the future of civil partnership. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that the UK faced a 'very hefty' bill for leaving the EU; some estimates put it at £51bn. Juncker suggested that the invoice would be presented to Theresa May early in the Brexit negotiations. Another of Britain's ludicrously named storms, this one called Doris, was said to be on the way, following the 'heatwave' earlier in the week. A reserve goalkeeper for Sutton who ate a pie in the second half of his team's cup game against
Arsenal was sacked after it was revealed that a bookmaker had offered
odds of 8 to 1 that the player in question would do so.

The Scottish government put a cap of 12.5% on the rates increases facing 8,500 firms in the ‘hospitality sector’ (pubs, hotels, restaurants, etc) following revaluation. A Frenchman who raped a drunk 20-year-old woman while she was asleep in her flat in Edinburgh was sent to prison for six years. Louise Khan, 46, originally from Fife, was arrested for allegedly burying her husband in the back garden of their house in Portugal and failing to report his death. Police Scotland started to take an interest in an internal investigation by Glasgow City Council into suspected 'irregularities' in the land and environmental services department. Many charities are struggling for survival, according to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. In what may have to pass for wit in an independent Scotland, the media mouthpiece of the SNP, the National, devoted most of its front page to a photograph of an anonymous man holding aloft a placard with the words: 'We Love Wind Farms Ya Fake Tanned Fanny'.

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