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Cautious parents "spoiling playtime"
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Over-cautious parents could be stifling their children's development by stopping them from climbing trees or playing conkers because of the risks, according to a survey. Half of the children polled by ICM said they had been prevented from climbing a tree because it was too dangerous, while a third had been banned from playing the tag-game British bulldog. A fifth s ...

Tehran says it won't stop nuclear work
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran and the representative of six world powers talked by telephone on Monday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme but the Islamic Republic said it would press ahead despite a demand to halt the work. Western officials had set an informal deadline of last Saturday for Tehran to respond to an offer by the powers to refrain from imposing more U.N. ...

MPs say green tax on cars must go further
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - Tax rises for drivers of "gas guzzling" cars should be much higher if ministers are to persuade people to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles, a group of MPs said on Monday. In a critical report, parliament's Environmental Audit Committee said road tax reforms announced in the Budget are too modest and will do little to cut harmful emissio ...

Prayers for Italian climber as K2 claims 11 lives
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kamran Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Days after 11 climbers were killed on K2, a frost-bitten Italian man was seen stumbling down the world's second highest mountain on Monday in the hope of being airlifted to safety. Three Pakistani high altitude porters and an American climber had set off up the mountain to try to bring Marco Confortola down to a height where he could be reached  ...

Tories attack men's magazines
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Lads mags such as "Nuts" and "Zoo" promote a shallow approach towards women and encourage young men to think of them as permanently available, the Conservatives said on Monday. They play a part in encouraging selfish irresponsibility among young men which in turn contributes to high rates of teenage pregnancy, Shadow Children's Secretary Michael Gove added in a speech.  ...

England appoint Pietersen as captain
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Mehaffey LONDON (Reuters) - England appointed Kevin Pietersen as their new captain on Monday following Michael Vaughan's resignation after the series loss to South Africa. Pietersen, 28, will lead England against his native country in the fourth test against the South Africans starting at The Oval on Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said. "I am very thrill ...

India orders inquiry into deadly temple stampede
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Geetinder Garewal CHANDIGARH, India (Reuters) - Indian authorities on Monday ordered a probe into possible organisational lapses that led to a stampede outside a mountaintop Hindu temple in northern India, killing at least 145 pilgrims. Rumours of a landslide triggered a stampede on Sunday by pilgrims who ran down a narrow mountain trail from the temple in Himachal Pradesh state,  ...

Police killed in western China ahead of Games
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Chris Buckley and Andrew Cawthorne BEIJING (Reuters) - Attackers with home-made bombs and knives killed 16 police in a restive western region of China on Monday, state media said, in just the sort of violence Beijing had hoped to avoid four days before the Olympics. The attack, which occurred about 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from the capital in the old Silk Road city of Kashgar, was a ...

Murray wins first Masters Series title
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Richard Eaton CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Andy Murray upset Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-6 to win his first Masters Series title on Sunday. Murray could have won earlier but Djokovic survived four championship points when he served leading 5-3 in the second set. He clinched it in the tiebreak on his sixth championship point. Murray overcame the Serb with a fluen ...

Sex and the city forbidden, but let the Games begin
4 Aug 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Paul Majendie and Ben Blanchard LONDON (Reuters) - Whatever happened to the Mongolian prostitutes? Where have all the "money boys" gone? Looking for a high-class hooker in the lobby of a five-star hotel? It could be a tough assignment. Anyone hoping for some readily available sex-for-sale in Beijing during the Olympics may be in for a shock. China is clearly keen to portray ...

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