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Rotherham sex abusers

Sex abusers with dual citizenship will face being deported after serving their sentences under a new push by the Home Office.

Powers usually used to take away terrorists' passports are to be extended to allow serious criminals with dual nationality to have their British citizenship removed, Government sources have said.

The move by Home Secretary Theresa May to increase her department's legal powers is in response to the ever-increasing number of Asian sex abuse gangs across the country over the past few years.

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Law firm in new legal threat over UK air pollution

The UK government has been warned to drastically reduce air pollution or face renewed legal action.

In April the Supreme Court ruled an immediate plan was needed after the UK breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

The government said it was committed to cleaning the air and had delivered its plans accordingly.

But environmental law firm ClientEarth, which took the original case, said the plans still do not protect health. ClientEarth says the government can and must do better, and it believes the courts will back it again unless the government improves its current policies.

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Muslim marriage and divorce in UK

Muslim Women's Network UK has published a report which is aimed at Muslim women in Britain so that they are better informed about their rights and practices relating to marriage and divorce. The contents of the report are also intended to be useful to family law professionals, politicians, government officials, academics, students, religious authorities (mosques, Shariah Councils and scholars) and women's rights organisations.

The report notes:

"Muslim marriages and divorces conducted in Britain are not recognised under English, Welsh, Scottish law or Northern Irish law. This is because we cannot have parallel legal systems and British Muslims are expected to utilise the legal mechanisms available in this country. In reality this means that those in legally recognised marriages have recourse to UK laws while those in unrecognised marriages do not ... This is why Muslim Women's Network UK  strongly advocates for registration of Muslim marriages, which means having an additional civil marriage so the union is legally valid under the law."

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