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Peace activist joins Gaza trip School bans lesbians' son

A Nobel prize-winning peace campaigner is to join 600 activists in the latest attempt to bring tonnes of supplies through the blockade of Gaza.

Mairead Maguire, who was detained by Israeli authorities for one week before being deported during the last mission, will be part of an eight-ship flotilla to Palestine at the end of the month.

An Irish ship, the MV Rachel Corrie, aims to breach the port blockade and bring in medical, educational and building supplies.

"This is the voice of the non-violent saying to the Israeli Government this is not acceptable, we have to end this blockade," Ms Maguire said.

School bans lesbians' son

A Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an eight-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was "in discord" with Church teachings, according to one of the boys' mothers.

"I'm accustomed to discrimination, I suppose, at my age and my experience as a gay woman," the mother said. "But I didn't expect it against my child."