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Doctors in cheap drink ban plea
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Medical chiefs have called for a crackdown on cheap alcohol sales in Scotland. The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland also wants a ban on alcohol advertising at sporting and entertainment events. The doctors' group made the demands in a paper published at the opening of the BMA's annual UK conference in Torquay. It said there had been an increase in the number of young people with serious illness from alcohol misuse. In the paper, BMA Scotland called on the Scottish Executive to end  ...

Police arrest second person in probe of woman's death
25 Jun 2007 source: cnn.com

CANTON, Ohio (CNN) -- A woman has been charged with obstruction of justice in the case of the pregnant Ohio woman whose body was found over the weekend, the FBI said. Myisha Ferrell is in the custody of the Stark County Sheriff's Department and will be arraigned on Monday, the FBI said. The arrest comes on the same day officials confirmed the body they found Saturday is the body of pregnant La ...

Taiwan looks askance at Hong Kong's handover formula
25 Jun 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ralph Jennings TAIPEI (Reuters) - When China's late leader Deng Xiaoping dreamt up the "one country two systems" formula for Hong Kong, he had a bigger prize in mind: Taiwan. Deng's vision had the former British colony serving as a model of how Taiwan, which Beijing considers a wayward province, would be run if it returned to the fold -- a high degree of autonomy, a separate currency, and even  ...

War crimes trial of Liberia's Taylor to resume
25 Jun 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alexandra Hudson AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor resumes in the Hague on Monday with no clear indication whether Taylor will attend after boycotting the opening three weeks ago. Taylor, who is charged with instigating murder, rape and mutilation during Sierra Leone's civil war, said at the start of proceedings it would not be a fair trial.  ...

BBC reporter says will be killed if captors stormed
25 Jun 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

DUBAI (Reuters) - BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston appeared in a video posted on the Internet on Sunday wearing what he said was an explosive belt which his captors have threatened to blow up if force was used to free him. "The situation now is very serious. As you can see I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there was any attempt to  ...

Alzheimer's drugs court battle
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A decision by the government's health watchdog to deny Alzheimer's drugs to patients with mild-stage disease is being challenged at the High Court. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) ruled the medicines - donepezil, rivastigmine and galantamine - were not cost effective. But critics argue the decision process was flawed and did not take into account the benefits to carers. It is the first time a judicial review has been sought on a NICE decision. Drugs company E ...

Brown urged to end gender pay gap
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Gordon Brown should learn a lesson from the Wimbledon tennis championships and do more to close the gender pay gap, a campaign group has said. The Fawcett Society's comments come as Wimbledon, which starts later on Monday, introduces equal prize money for men and women for the first time. As Mr Brown prepares to become prime minister, the body wants all firms to be forced to pay women an equal wage. "The ball's in his court," said the pressure group. 'Sporting chance' The Fawcett Society sa ...

Smokers in last gasp stand on ban
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Smokers' rights campaigners are to make a last stand against the 1 July ban in England by urging the government to make some exceptions. Lobby group Forest will call for legal amendments so some pubs and private clubs can provide smoking areas. Forest director Simon Clark will tell 400 guests at the Revolt in Style dinner in London: "We have lost the battle, but we haven't lost the war." Smoking will be banned in virtually all enclosed public places from Sunday. Chef Antony Worrall Thomps ...

Doctors threaten attack on reform
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Doctors are threatening an all-out attack on the government's NHS reform programme, labelling it "not fit for purpose" and damaging to patients. Hundreds of medics will debate the critical motion at the start of the British Medical Association's four-day annual conference in Torquay. It comes after a poll of the public found four in 10 did not think the NHS had improved under Labour. Doctors will also raise concerns about public health issues such as obesity.  ...

'Most dangerous' roads revealed
25 Jun 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Britain's most dangerous road for travelling on is a section of highway in Lancashire, according to a survey. The 15-mile stretch of the A682 has had almost 100 deaths or serious injuries in the last decade. The report was compiled by the Road Safety Foundation for the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP). Head researcher Dr Joanne Hill said a further 16 road sections were adjudged to present a persistent "medium to high risk" to road users. The section of the A682, between junction  ...

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