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Despite legal setback, UK vows to continue Rwanda deportation flights

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The British government has vowed to explore other avenues to organize more flights to deport asylum-seekers from the UK to Rwanda after a last-minute legal setback which saw a court judgment grounding the first plane due to take off under a controversial deal with the East African country.

The flight which was suppose to take around 30 illegal migrants, was scheduled to leave on Tuesday night but was put on hold after a ruling by the European Human Rights Court (EHRC), which issued a last-minute injunction to stop the deportation of of migrants on board.

But despite the setback, the Boris Johnson government says there is no going back in the plan to deport the migrants who came to the UK illegally through the English Channel.

UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, while reacting to the last minute injunction that stopped the take off of the flight on Wednesday, said “preparation for the next flight begins now” despite legal rulings that none of the migrants earmarked for deportation could be sent to the East African country.

She insisted that under the deal signed in April between Britain and Rwanda, the UK government is not relentiing in going ahead with the plans to send “migrants who arrive in the UK as stowaways or in small boats to Rwanda”, where their asylum claims will be processed.

As part of the deal which is with £120 million to Rwanda, successfully profiled migrants will stay in the African country, rather than return to Britain.

Johnson’s government has also repeatedly said the plan is a legitimate way to protect lives and thwart the criminal gangs that send migrants on risky journeys across the English Channel and must be carried through after Britain had already paid Rwanda upfront for the deal.

UK courts had last week, refused to ground the first flight but the number due to be aboard was whittled down by appeals and legal challenges.

But the European Court, an international tribunal supported by 46 countries including the UK, ruled late Tuesday that an Iraqi man due to be on the plane shouldn’t fly, saying he faced “a real risk of irreversible harm,” which allowed the final few migrants on the plane to win a reprieve.

A full trial of the legality of the UK government plan is due to be heard in the British courts by the end of July.

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US Supreme Court abolishes abortion right after almost 50-year precedence

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The US Supreme Court on Friday reversed a nearly half century old constitutional right to abortion.

Justice Samuel Alito who wrote for the Majority argued that the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which had favoured abortion right “must be overruled” because they were “egregiously wrong,” the arguments “exceptionally weak” and so “damaging” that they amounted to “an abuse of judicial authority.”

The ruling comes after leaked draft of Roe vs Wade ruling which guaranteed abortion rights across the country has caused outrage last month.

The Roe vs Wade, ruling was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Although the supreme court declined comment at the time of the leak in May, the Friday ruling perhaps confirmed the fears of many.

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, in a series of tweets while reacting to the leak stressed that “an extremist Supreme Court is poised to overturn #RoeVWade and impose its far-right, unpopular views on the entire country. It’s time for the millions who support the Constitution and abortion rights to stand up and make their voices heard. We’re not going back—not ever

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has drawn reactions from top politicians in the US. One of such is veteran congressman and Democrat, Benie Sanders who tweeted that “overturning Roe v. Wade and denying women the right to control their own bodies is an outrage and in defiance of what the American people want. Democrats must now end the filibuster in the Senate, codify Roe v. Wade, and once again make abortion legal and safe.”

American singer, Taylor Swift, also reacted against the overturning of Roe v. Wade. “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.” The singer said on twitter.

Also reacting to the ruling is US former president, Barrack Obama, who said “today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.”

Meanwhile, there have also been reactions in support of the abolishing of the nearly 50 years of precedent, notably Americans with ideological sentiment with Republicans.

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Elon Musk’s transgender child sever ties with father, seeks name change

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The 18-year-old transgender daughter of billionaire owner of electric car manufacturing company, Tesla, Elon Musk, has severed ties with her rich father and has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity.

The petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate reflecting her new gender identity was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica in April.

Christened Xavier Alexander Musk at birth, the billionaire’s child who recently turned 18 which is the age of consent in California, has asked the court to legal authority to change her gender recognition from male to female and to register her new name.

While filing the petition, Xavier said he took the decision because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”

Xavier’s name, according to media reports, was redacted in documents to reflect his mother’s name which is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008.

However, there was no further explanation of the rift between Musk’s daughter and her father, as lawyers for both parties refused to make further comments.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has been a vocal opponent of sex change and had spoken about the practice in the past.

In 2020, Musk weighed in on the issue of transgender people choosing their preferred pronouns in a tweet by saying, “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic (sic) nightmare.”

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