Poland protesters take weekend off for fundraiser

From soccer star Robert Lewandowski to opposition politicians, Polish citizens have donated at least 71 million zlotys ($19 million) to a charity’s fundraiser for health causes that has been criticized by the conservative government for its liberal agenda
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Planning Bill: biggest shake up of Britain’s planning system in a generation to be announced in Queen’s Speech
The biggest shake up of Britain’s planning system in a generation, wiping out so-called NIMBY influence over major building projects, has been unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech.
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Fans allowed to attend Championship, League One and League Two play-offs
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Adverts for junk food to be banned online and on TV before 9pm
The new Government plans were included in the Queen's Speech today.
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Pictured: 6 members of same family shot dead in murder-suicide at birthday party
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NBC drops Golden Globes amid row over diversity
US television network NBC said it will not broadcast next year’s Golden Globes awards following criticism over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lack of diversity.
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New laws to counter threat from foreign spies
Agents of foreign powers will be required to register in the UK in a new crackdown on espionage.
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Boris vows to 'turbo-charge the Covid recovery' in Queen's Speech for 'Blue Wall'
Boris Johnson warned it is not enough to go back to pre-pandemic ways as the monarch laid out the package of legislation for the next parliamentary session.
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Sadiq Khan promotes three young women to top team after four directors quit City Hall
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NHS at the heart of the next programme for government
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Queen's Speech: Boris Johnson to take back power to call elections amid speculation of 2023 ballot
The Queen's Speech today set out plans to replace the hated Fixed-term Parliaments Act which limits the ability of ministers to alter the five-year electoral cycle.
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New study will explore Covid immune response in patients with antibody deficiency
The research aims to find out why some patients with antibody deficiency suffered prolonged illness with coronavirus while others did not.
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Social care reform measures not detailed in Queen’s Speech
The long-promised proposals to reform social care will be set out later this year, the Prime Minister said.
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Government confirms immigration overhaul in Queen's Speech
The Government today confirmed a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system as it set out its plans in the Queen's Speech.
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AstraZeneca protests: Activists block British HQs in bid to get drugmaker to waive patent
PROTESTERS have chained themselves to the roof of AstraZeneca's headquarters in Cambridge and elsewhere in the UK, together with a banner accusing the drug giant of profiting from its COVID-19 vaccine
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Queen's speech IN FULL: Read what the Queen told the nation today
THE QUEEN has delivered her Government's plans for the year ahead as the nation faces recovery from the pandemic and the post-Brexit era. Here is what she said.
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Queen’s Speech sets out plans for ‘stronger, healthier, more prosperous’ nation
The Queen set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s programme for the next phase of his administration.
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Ban on online junk food ads WILL go ahead
The Queen's Speech includes legislation to impose the restrictions, along with a block on TV ads before the 9pm watershed and ending 'BOGOF' deals for unhealthy foods.
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Government ‘fully committed’ to legislation to address Troubles legacy
The Queen’s Speech also said measures will be brought forward to strengthen devolved government in Northern Ireland.
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Universities could face fines or be taken to court over free speech failures
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The Key Points From The Queen’s Speech 2021
Boris Johnson has unveiled his legislative agenda for the new parliamentary session, as the country emerges from a year of coronavirus lockdowns.Here are some of the more eye-catching parts of Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, which includes around 25 new bills.Education and skillsThe clear focus is what the government likes to call “levelling up” — boosting skills and jobs, especially in the so-called red wall constituencies the Conservatives won from Labour at the last election.As part of Johnson’s “lifetime skills guarantee”, adults will be able to access up to four years’ worth of student loans at any point in their life in order to study at college or university.No social care details Johnson promised to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all” when he became PM in July 2019. But the Queen’s Speech does not include details of how this will be done. Instead the prime minister said only that proposals will be brought forward “later in the year”.There will however be a health bill to implement planned changes to the structure of NHS England for “a more integrated and  efficient health and care system”.Voter ID The Elections Integrity Bill will require voters to produce proof of their identity when voting in elections.It has been condemned by MPs on both sides of the Commons. Johnson has claimed it is necessary to “protect democracy”. But Tory former cabinet minister David Davis said it was an “illiberal solution for a non-existent problem”.Campaigners have said that people without ID would be disenfranchised as a result of the move, especially those in marginalised groups. Government figures show while 76% of white people have driving licence, only 53% of Black people do. Labour’s shadow democracy minister Cat Smith said 3.5 million voters did not have photographic ID and the policy would “put up obstacles for poorer voters”.US civil liberties have also warned it mirrors voter suppression tactics used by the Republican Party.Ending fixed-term parliamentsThe Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill will repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act introduced by David Cameron’s coalition government in 2011. In short, it means prime minister’s will once again have the power to call a general election whenever they like. It comes amid rumours Johnson may trigger an election in the spring or summer of 2023. Gay conversion therapySo-called conversion therapy is set to be banned. But a consultation will be run before deciding “how best to protect people”. The government also said it would “ensure” that “religious leaders” can “continue to be able to have open and honest conversations with people”.Related...Family And Friends Allowed To Hug From Next Monday, PM AnnouncesAll The Things You Can Do From May 17Boris Johnson Signals Covid Passports Might Not HappenWhat Next For Sir Keir Starmer After His Knightmare On Brexit Street?
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Restaurants To Be Forced To Put Calorie Counts On Menus, Government Announces
Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be forced to put calorie counts for the food they serve on menus under government plans revealed in the Queen’s Speech.The new laws will make it compulsory for hospitality businesses with more than 250 employees to calorie label food in a bid to tackle obesity.It risks a backlash from the sector which has been one of the hardest hit by forced closures during the coronavirus pandemic.Boris Johnson’s wide-ranging legislative agenda for the new parliament promises to come forward with proposals for reforming social care this year.But it does not commit to new laws to bring reforms into force, which is likely to provoke fresh criticism as the prime minister has failed so far to follow through on his 2019 pledge to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared”.Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda also remains vague, with plans for a new white paper later this year on improving livelihoods and opportunity across the UK, but no commitment to overarching legislation in this parliament.Elsewhere, a centrepiece health and care bill will give ministers more power over the accountability of NHS England, ban junk food adverts online and before the 9pm TV watershed, and make it easier for different parts of the health sector to work together.A skills bill will give individuals access to four years’ worth of student loans for higher education qualifications at any point during their lives, in order to help people retrain and find new jobs in the changing world of work.Plans to ban local authorities and other public authorities from boycotting products from certain nations, for example councils boycotting products from Israel, are likely to prove controversial.Promised new laws to speed up the planning process could also risk a Tory backlash following a rebellion against using an algorithm for deciding where new homes should be built.The government will also unveil plans to capitalise on new freedoms from Brexit, including laws to govern how public bodies can subsidise businesses now the UK is free from the EU’s state aid regime.Legislation will also be introduced to underpin the setting up of freeports, which offer tax reliefs for businesses.Johnson’s plan also includes an environment bill to set new legally binding green targets.And the government will abolish the coalition-era fixed-term parliaments act to put the power to call elections back in the hands of the PM.Laws to require voters to produce photo ID when casting their ballots are likely to be the focus of a battle in the months ahead.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.
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Internet giants threatened with enormous fines for online child safety breaches
Regulator Ofcom to be given powers to impose fine of up to 10% of turnover
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Care sector dismay at absence of long-heralded plan to end funding crisis
No bill in Queen’s Speech, almost two years after Boris Johnson said plan was ‘prepared’
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Queen’s Speech braces better-off for tax hikes to get post-Covid finances under-control
The Queen’s Speech today braced the better-off in Britain for tax hikes to get the nation’s crippled public finances under control once the post-pandemic economic recovery already starting is secure.
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Venom 2 trailer appears to feature chilling Avengers Easter Egg in background
It doesn’t spell good news for the MCU superhero group
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Joe Biden is right - an EU carbon tax could create a new era of trade wars
Just as the continent’s ambitious climate policies were forged by consensus, so too should its trade relationships with the wider world
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Boris stands up to violent Kill the Bill protesters as he announces Bill WILL return
BORIS JOHNSON has defied violent activists using the Queen's speech to announce he will bring back his Policing Bill to crackdown on protesters.
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Mother-of-one carer, 48, is awarded £3,000 payout after colleagues branded her a 'sl*t'
Claire Wallace, 48, was harassed by colleagues at Acomb Court Care Home in Northumberland, who compared her risque 'alternative modelling' photos to prostitutes, a tribunal heard.
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New ‘highly transmissible’ Covid variant first identified in India less likely to be vaccine resistant, says top UK medic
The variant is less likely to be resistant to vaccines or antibodies, said UK’s top health expert
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German churches defy Vatican ban by blessing same-sex couples
The Vatican said God 'cannot bless sin' in a statement, approved by the Pope, in March.
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UK government behaving like ‘buccaneers’ in Jersey fishing row, says Michel Barnier
‘I think the French fishermen are right,’ says Brexit deal negotiator
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Zack Snyder joins forces with Indian actor Huma Qureshi to build 100-bed temporary hospital facility in Delhi
Qureshi is starring in Snyder’s horror and action film Army of The Dead
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Arsenal offer fans a ‘season ticket holiday’ for upcoming Premier League campaign
Arsenal supporters have been offered the chance to request a “Season Ticket Holiday” for the upcoming campaign.
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Think outside the banana: Save those skins for two delicious, and unconventional, recipes
Nigella Lawson and Nadiya Hussain are leading the charge in the save your banana peel movement. Charlotte Druckman doesn’t know if she’s convinced... yet
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FTSE 100 crashes 2.2% as inflation fears trigger global tech stock sell-off
INVESTORS ran for cover today as inflation fears mount across the globe, sending stock markets into a tailspin that saw tech shares in particular under heavy pressure.
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Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger, 30, admits obstructing a police officer
Nile Ranger, 30, pleaded guilty to obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty at Ealing Magistrates Court.
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Oxford accepts record number of students from deprived areas but ‘worrying cold-spots’ in north
Just 15.9 per cent of admissions came from northern England, while black students remain under-represented on certain courses
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'My in-laws are furious that I won't name my baby in line with their tradition'
A woman said her fiancée's family like to name their daughters after personality traits, such as 'Desire' or 'Confidence', but she has refused to continue the tradition
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Homeowner finds secret 30-year-old paintings under wallpaper and tracks down painter
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Meaningful films make us feel more prepared to deal with life's challenges, study claims 
Ohio State University researchers created two lists of films made after 1985 with high viewer ratings, one with meaningful and one with less meaningful movies.
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Man arrested after elderly disabled woman ‘murdered’ at home
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The Pros And Cons Of Having A Baby At The Same Time As Your Friend
Little Mix is about to get even littler, as bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards have announced they’re both pregnant. The group’s manager, Sam Cox, who is also pregnant, posted a picture of herself and the two singers cradling their bumps – and it got us thinking about what it’s like to have a baby at the same time as your closest pal. Or, multiple pals, if “pregnancy contagion” has well and truly taken over your group. Sure, you have someone to sense-check with throughout pregnancy, but things could get a little tricky if you have different experiences, or if your little cherubs don’t automatically become BFFs, too. To find out the other pros and cons – and give the stars an idea of what to expect – we asked women to share their experiences.   View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sam (@iamsamcoxy)The pros...A friend at baby group“My best friend and I had babies 12 weeks apart and we loved it,” says Sarah Nichols, from Wiltshire. “Having someone I knew to go to baby groups with was invaluable, as I’m an anxious person. I don’t think I would have gone otherwise.”Having someone to hang out with“Myself and my neighbour had a baby four days apart in May 2020,” says Alexia Sparrow, 27, from east London. “We both work in a school and are the same age. It’s amazing. We’re on the same page with everything! We share dinners, tips and tricks. We walk with the babies and go to the park most days. It’s been a blessing to have somebody in the same boat so close by during lockdowns.”Sharing the anxiety “The best bit is sharing the anxiety,” says Katie Smith*, 35, from Newcastle. “My best friend and I had babies three weeks apart and although we live in different cities, it was so wonderful to have someone close to share the experience with. We each had it hard in different ways and we were non-judgemental with each other, which was lovely.” Your kids (hopefully) become friends“One of my besties and I had babies at the same time. Our eldest kids are in the same class at school and youngest go to nursery together,” says Kirsty Ketley, 40, from Surrey. “They are like extended family and we love it.” The cons... The babies being compared“I gave birth the same day as someone in my family and the hardest part is the babies are constantly compared,” says Laura Crayton*, from Liverpool. “If one does something before the other, you automatically think ‘why is my child behind? Are they not meeting their milestones?’”You’re not always on the same page“I thought a close friend having a baby at the same time would be great, but the truth is I’m closer to the NCT friends I made,” says Sophie, 33, from Leicester.“I felt my friend always had exciting responses [from our other friends] about things to do with her pregnancy or baby and then, as my baby was five weeks younger, I never had those same responses. However, with those from NCT that are close in age, it was an amazing experience to share with. “My close friend always gave the impression of a perfect baby and never shared the struggles, whereas the NCT group shared anything and everything and that made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my experiences.” Names marked * have been changed at the speaker’s request. Related...We Were The First Of Our Friends To Get Pregnant – This Is How It FeelsLittle Mix Fans Are Loving Leigh-Anne And Perrie's First Photo Together Since Pregnancy RevealHow To Tell If A Friend Is Struggling With Anxiety During PregnancyWomen Can Now Test Their Fertility At Home. So I Tried It
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Lingard 'set for Man Utd return' with West Ham struggling to finance transfer
Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard has lit up the Premier League since joining West Ham on loan in the January window, but the Irons harbour serious concerns over his contract demands
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Iran rejects US claim that speedboats sparked encounter
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has rejected the United States Navy’s claim that Iranian speedboats maneuvered too close in the Strait of Hormuz and sparked a tense encounter in the already sensitive region
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Dracula's Castle is looking to tempt back visitors with free Covid-19 vaccines
Dracula's Castle in Romania is looking to tempt back visitors by offering free Covid-19 vaccines as part of a new 'vaccination marathon'
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