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As persecuted gays flee, UK gives Uganda £100m

UGANDA receives almost £100million in British foreign aid every year despite driving out hundreds of gay people who then seek asylum in the UK, it emerged yesterday. More than 200 gay Ugandans in the past two years have successfully claimed their sexual orientation could expose them to persecution and abuse at home, official figures show. None of the aid cash sent is being used to address the treatment of gay people in the east African country. Instead, the 21 current projects funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) are…

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Same-sex couples marry in midnight ceremonies across Australia

CANBERRA, Australia — Same-sex couples married in midnight ceremonies across Australia on Tuesday after the country’s last legal impediment to gay marriage expired. Marriage equality became law on Dec. 9 with overwhelming support in Parliament, but Australia’s requirement that all couples give a month’s notice for weddings made Tuesday the first possible date for gay marriages. Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan married at a midnight ceremony near the east coast city of Tweed Heads. “It’s another way to show your love and appreciation of your partner in front of…

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Teenager from Delhi slum wins place at athletics school that trained Usain Bolt

Nisar Ahmed, who is the son of a rickshaw puller and currently lives in a 10 by 10 feet shack, has been picked to train at Usain Bolt’s club – Racers Track Club in Kingston, Jamaica – after showing talent as an up-and-coming young athlete. The 16-year-old will be whisked from his life in the slums of Delhi in India alongside 14 others from his country to the training camp in Jamaica, the home of eight-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt. The teen said: “I am very excited to…

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Rare coin tipped to sell for half a million pounds – could you have one in your change?

The rare gold penny, which features a portrait of King Henry III, is one of just eight in the world.  The piece is an example of the first ever English gold coin and 52,000 were produced.  But these were quickly withdrawn because it was deemed too heavy.  The banking error meant the gold it was made from was worth more than the coin itself. This made the coins financially unviable as the holders could get more money from melting them down for gold rather than using them as currency. Virtually…

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Birmingham named as 2022 Commonwealth Games host city

Birmingham has been confirmed as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, bringing the event to England for the first time since Manchester hosted the 2002 Games. Louise Martin, the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the announcement at the Arena Academy in the city on Thursday morning. Birmingham’s bid had been deemed “non-compliant” by the CGF in October, but assurances over financial backing and land for an athletes’ village have now been given. Quick guide Birmingham 2022: the bid and venues Show Hide Taglined “Heart of the…

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50p worth £450: Do you have this rare coin selling for HUNDREDS on Ebay in your wallet?

The 50p coin, with an image of the iconic hedgehog character on the front, is selling for far more than it’s over-the-counter value. Two sellers are currently selling the coin, one for £300 and one for £450. That’s an impressive 900 times it original value. You would have to be very foolish to accidentally spend this coin. One seller writes underneath the item: “Very rare 2016 Mrs Tiggywinkle 50p coin. Used condition, I received it in change.” This coin was the fourth coin in a series that celebrate some of…

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