UK

Nurses: we do seduce our patients

Sarah-Kate Templeton The Sunday Times 03.03.2008
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THOUSANDS of nurses believe it is justified to break the taboo on having an affair with a patient in their care. Almost one in 10 nurses think starting a relationship with one of their patients is acceptable while one in six said they knew of a co...

Fashion chain withdraws from Britain amid depressed trade

The fashion chain Mexx is understood to be pulling out of the UK high street as fashion shoppers rein back spending and trading conditions deteriorate.


Torture ... victim

THREE teenagers were being quizzed last night over a drug rape video posted on YouTube. The suspects – two aged 16 and a 14-year-old – were seized following the sickening attack on a young mum in front of her kids.

Hospital scientist stole bacteria to kill herself, panel told

A biomedical scientist stole bacteria from the hospital where she worked in order to end her life by giving herself septicaemia, it emerged today. Jennifer Bainbridge removed the bacteria - found in MRSA and E coli germs - from North Tyneside gene...


Over half of Britons claim no religion

Ruth Gledhill Times Online 24.02.2008
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Freedom from religion in Britain is becoming as important as freedom of religion, according to a United Nations investigation into religion in the UK. In a 23-page report published this evening, a UN rapporteur claims the 2001 Census findings that...

Smokers would have to get a licence to light up under the plan

Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way. No one would be able to buy cigarettes without the permit, under the idea proposed by Health England.


Controversial: Dr Rowan Williams believes the introduction of Sharia law to Britain will help maintain social cohesion

The Archbishop of Canterbury has today said that the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in the UK is "unavoidable" and that it would help maintain social cohesion. Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4's World At One that the UK has to "face up to the fact"...

Wind farms a threat to Britain's national security

Magnus Linklater, Dominic Kennedy The Times 04.02.2008
Wind farms a threat to Britain's national security

Ambitious plans to meet up to a third of Britain’s energy needs from offshore wind farms are in jeopardy because the Ministry of Defence objects that the turbines interfere with its radar. The MoD has lodged last-minute objections to at least four...


UK to pay multiple benefits for multiple wives

Jonathan Wynne-Jones Telegraph 03.02.2008
UK to pay multiple benefits for multiple wives

Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits following a year-long Government review, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that poly...

£1.7 billion is spent treating diseases caused by smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives. Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most say...


Margaret Thatcher told navy to raid Swedish coast

Pelle Neroth The Sunday Times 27.01.2008
Margaret Thatcher told navy to raid Swedish coast

MARGARET THATCHER ordered the Royal Navy to land Special Boat Service (SBS) frogmen on the coast of Sweden from British submarines pretending to be Soviet vessels, a new book has claimed. The deception involved numerous incursions by British force...

British government might pay obese people to lose pounds

Obese and overweight adults in England could be paid to lose weight under plans being considered by the Government. The new strategy to tackle poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles includes the suggestion that people should receive financial...


The BA flight crash-landed at Heathrow Airport

A passenger plane has crash-landed short of a runway at Heathrow Airport, ripping off part of its undercarriage. All 136 passengers and 16 crew escaped from the British Airways flight BA038 from Beijing. Eighteen people have been taken to hospital...

British Muslim computer geek, son of diplomat, revealed as al Qaeda's top cyber terrorist

A computer nerd from Shepherd's Bush, West London, became al Qaeda's top internet agent, it can be revealed today. Younes Tsouli, 23, an IT student at a London college, used his top-floor flat in W12 to help Islamist extremists wage a propaganda w...


FBI wants instant access to British identity data

Owen Bowcott The Guardian 15.01.2008
Each person's iris is as individual as their fingerprint, but with 266 identifiable features is much more detailed. Photograph: Science Photo Library

Senior British police officials are talking to the FBI about an international database to hunt for major criminals and terrorists. The US-initiated programme, "Server in the Sky", would take cooperation between the police forces way beyond the cur...

UK prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs'

Brian Brady The Independent 13.01.2008
UK prisoners 'to be chipped like dogs'

Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails. Amid concerns about the security of ex...


Organs to be taken without consent in UK

Patrick Hennessy, Laura Donnelly Telegraph 13.01.2008
Organs to be taken without consent in UK

Gordon Brown has thrown his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to take organs from dead patients without explicit consent. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister says that such a facility would save thousands of lives and that he...

UK standard of living rises above that in America for the first time in a century

For the first time in more than 100 years, British living standards have risen above those of Americans, a report has declared. Increasing incomes, longer holidays and "free" healthcare have all contributed to making Britons better off than our fr...


BBC children's TV presenter arrested for murder

BBC children's TV presenter Mark Speight has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of the murder of his girlfriend, Natasha Collins. Natasha's body was found yesterday in a bath. Mark, who hosts BBC art show SMart, was detained and questioned ...

Junk food ad ban comes into force in UK

A total ban on adverts for unhealthy food and drink products around TV programmes for under-16s has come into force. It extends similar restrictions already in place for shows aimed at children under 10 years old.



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