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Prince Charles slams British government over plan to send refugees to Rwanda

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UK’s Prince Charles has slammed the British government over its plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, describing the move by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as appalling.

The heir to the British throne who is not allowed to publicly criticise the government by law, is reportedly concerned that the controversial asylum agreement the UK entered into with the African country will overshadow a Commonwealth Summit in Rwanda where he is due to represent his mother, Queen Elizabeth, at the end of June.

Under the UK’s unwritten constitution, the royal family should remain politically neutral and while Queen Elizabeth has steadfastly kept her opinions to herself during her seven-decade reign, Prince Charles, however, has in many instances, expressed his views about subjects close to his heart.

As the first flight which is scheduled to leave UK on Tuesday with about 30 migrants confirmed after a judge rejected lawsuits filed in attempts to halt the deport bid, Prince Charles is said to have been heard criticising the policy.

“He said he was more than disappointed at the policy. He said he thinks the government’s whole approach is appalling. It was clear he was not impressed with the government’s direction of travel,” a palace source revealed to a journalist.

A spokesperson for Prince Charles did not also deny he had expressed his personal opinions about the policy in private when contacted by the journalist.

“We would not comment on supposed anonymous private conversations with the Prince except to restate that he remains politically neutral. Matters of policy are decisions for government,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

The British government had announced in April it had struck a deal worth £120 million with Rwanda to send tens of thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country in a bid to undermine people-smuggling networks.

Up to 130 asylum seekers have been notified they could be sent to Rwanda and lawyers for almost 100 of the migrants had submitted legal challenges asking to stay in the UK.

On Friday, a British judge, Jonathan Swift, refused a request from a group of the asylum-seekers, backed by a trade union and refugee groups, for an injunction grounding the flight scheduled to airlift 30 of the migrants to Rwanda on Tuesday, June 14.

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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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