Ireland border, House of Cards, travel ban
Brexit talks delayed over Irish border dispute; House Of Cards to resume production without Kevin Spacey; Trump's travel ban given the go-ahead (Photos: Getty Images)

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DUP resistance over border thwarts Brexit deal

Theresa May is facing pressure to rethink the government’s stance on the Irish border when Britain leaves the EU, due to the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) rejection of the deal. Brexit trade negotiations were stalled once again when DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissed any position “which separates Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the United Kingdom”. The prime minister had been close to securing a deal with EU leaders prior to Foster’s statement and is now expected to come up with an alternative in time for talks at next week’s EU summit.  
The Independent

Supreme Court gives Donald Trump’s travel ban the green light

The US Supreme Court has given Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries the go-ahead despite resistance from lower courts. The court lifted injunctions that had prevented the ban from coming into full effect, a move which will now see people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen restricted from coming to the US, although legal challenges are still in place. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to the Supreme Court’s decision as “a substantial victory for the safety and security of the American people”.
Reuters

Vaginal-mesh campaigner dies from sepsis

Chrissy Brajcic, a prominent Canadian campaigner against vaginal-mesh implants, has died from sepsis after struggling with infections for years. Brajcic’s husband, Tony, confirmed his wife’s death in a statement on Facebook and thanked her supporters for their solidarity. Prior to her death, Brajcic said that she would “never stop fighting” for people who had undergone mesh surgery, adding that “this is a life or death issue”. The campaigner’s death comes a week after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) put forward recommendations to ban the surgery in the UK. 
Sky News

Live streaming exposes children to more sex offenders

Police have warned against the rising dangers posed to children from sex offenders due to easy access to live-streaming sites. The National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed that sex offenders were growing increasingly astute where knowledge of young people’s communication methods were concerned. According to the BBC, of 192 arrests and 345 vulnerable children identified by authorities in just one week, 30 per cent involved blackmail, grooming and streaming.
BBC News 

House of Cards to continue production without Kevin Spacey

Production for the sixth and final season of Netflix’s House Of Cards is to progress without Kevin Spacey in 2018. Spacey had been filming for the show’s last season prior to being fired over a number of allegations of sexual assault, but it will now centre on Robin Wright’s character. The season will be shorter than others, with just eight episodes. In a conference on Monday, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said the network was “excited to bring closure to fans".  
The Guardian

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Brexit talks delayed over Irish border dispute; House Of Cards to resume production without Kevin Spacey; Trump's travel ban given the go-ahead (Photos: Getty Images)
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