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British authorities said this month that protest marches are to be banned in six regions across London, after right-wing groups said they would take their demonstrations through a mostly Muslim neighborhood.

But the ban on marching doesn’t just apply to certain groups: it applies to everyone in those areas, leading many to believe that authorities are cracking down on public demonstration and free speech rights as a whole.

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The announcement comes just over a month since Britain was gripped by the worst rioting in decades, which started in London then spread to other cities including Manchester and Birmingham after police allegedly killed a young man named Mark Duggan, a father of four, who they claimed was involved in a drug deal.

Amid the fracas, members of Parliament said they’d consider a plan to order the shutdown of social media and mobile phone messaging services, to prevent the public from organizing against police controls. Authorities have also tried to pressure members of the press to inform on the protesters by turning over unpublished footage of the riots.

This video is from Russia Today, broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

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George Conway tells White House staff after Trump’s bonkers presser: ‘Get him in the chopper up to Walter Reed’

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George Conway, husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is making his outspoken criticisms of President Trump known again, this time telling White House staffers that they should have their boss mentally committed.

Responding to Trump's recent exchange with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House where he referred to himself as the "chosen one" and doubled down on his recent assertion that Jews who vote against him are "disloyal," Conway fired off a tweet directed at White House staff, telling them that their boss is in dire need of medical attention.

"Seriously, its time to call these guys," Conway tweeted with a link to a page from Walter Reed's website citing the "Benefits of Behavioral Health Care."

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Former Trump official caught having sex with White House staffer on roof of government building

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A former official in President Donald Trump's General Services Administration was caught having a sexual encounter with a White House staffer on the roof of his office building, NBC News4 Washington reported Wednesday.

The incident happened in 2017 according to the report, which detailed multiple HR violations under the associate administrator, including drinking vodka from a bottle in his office "after normal business hours." The report was part of an Inspector General investigation at the GSA News 4 discovered under a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Ancient monkey skull reveals secrets of primate brain evolution

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The remains of a prehistoric primate that lived high in the Andes 20 million years ago and was so small it could fit in your hand is helping scientists learn more about how human brains evolved.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers in China and the US used high resolution imaging to examine the only known fossilized skull of the extinct Chilecebus, a New World monkey that scampered around ancient mountain forests, feeding on leaves and fruit.

One key finding: the brain size of primates, long assumed to have increased progressively over time, now appears to have followed a more roundabout path.

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