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"No Wales-only" fixes says Brown
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Gordon Brown says there are no "Wales-only" solutions to some of the United Kingdom's biggest challenges. Addressing Welsh Labour's spring conference in Llandudno he praised the work of the Welsh assembly but stressed the importance of UK-wide policies. "Our message is one for the whole of the United Kingdom: stronger together, weaker apart," he said. Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, and Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy will address the conference on Saturday. It will be Mr Murphy's first  ...


Police probing deaths of cousins
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Police are insisting the deaths of two cousins in Bridgend, south Wales, are not linked to 14 apparent suicides in the area over the past year. Nathaniel Pritchard, 15, died in hospital after "harming himself" and his cousin Kelly Stephenson, 20, was found hanged while on holiday in Kent. Police said initial inquiries indicated that neither death was suspicious. They said there was no evidence to suggest they were linked to any other sudden deaths in Bridgend. Officers were called to Nathan ...


Football: FA not keen on Game 39
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The Football Association has told Fifa it has serious reservations over the Premier League's proposal to play additional top-flight games abroad. It is the first official FA reaction since the Premier League floated its global plan to start in 2010-11. The FA said it was worried the plan could damage its 2018 World Cup bid. The FA said: "We don't want the Premier League's proposal to affect England's 2018 World Cup bid in any way. At this time, we do not believe it has." Inte ...


Wenger looks forward to clash
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Old Trafford Saturday 16 February FA Cup fifth round Kick-off: 1715 GMT Replay if required: Wed 27 February, 1945 GMT BBC coverage: LIVE on BBC One, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Five Live; highlights on Match of the Day Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are both wary of each other's leading scorers ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie between Manchester United and Arsenal. United's Cristiano Ronaldo leads the charts having scored 27 times this season while Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor has taken h ...


Malaysian police break up protest
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

Malaysian security forces have used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by ethnic Indians in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. More than 20 people taking part in the banned march were detained by police. The demonstration was organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force, which is demanding the release from jail of five of its leaders. Activists say policies granting economic advantages to the ethnic Malay majority discriminate against Indians. The Malaysia government has rejected claims ...


Rapist flees for second time
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

A convicted rapist has escaped for the second time from the same south east London hospital, police said. Terrence O'Keefe, 39, who is serving a life sentence for rape offences, fled on Thursday afternoon while on a visit to King's College Hospital. In 2005 he escaped from A&E at the same hospital and fled to Liverpool, where he is known to have connections. Police said O'Keefe, who was being held at the secure Lambeth Hospital in south west London, is considered dangerous. He is a light-ski ...


EU approves Kosovo mission
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The EU has approved a civilian police and justice mission to help enforce the rule of law in Kosovo, which is poised to declare independence from Serbia. The 2,000-strong mission will begin deploying to the region from next week. The US and most EU states are preparing to recognise Kosovo quickly, but Serbia and Russia strongly oppose the move, which is widely expected on Sunday. Earlier, Kosovo's PM sought to reassure the province's Serbian minority that it would not face discrimination. Sp ...


Lesson one: no Orwellian language
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

An insightful speaker raised a massive cheer from the audience at an education conference this week. No, he had not called for a doubling of teachers' pay, the abolition of national tests, or even a ban on lumpy custard in school canteens. No, his rallying cry was much simpler and involves no complex administrative changes or financial costs. Yet it went to the heart of what education is about. He urged everyone to stop talking about "delivery" in education and to return to talking ...


Stress may hit cancer virus fight
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

A stressful life may make it tougher to fight the virus which causes the majority of cervical cancer cases, say scientists. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection - but only a small percentage of women who catch it develop cancer. US researchers, writing in the journal Annals of Behavioural Medicine, said that stressed women had a weaker immune response to the virus. But the study did not prove that stress was the root cause of the problem.  ...


Police to question Gail Sheridan
16 Feb 2008 source: bbc.co.uk

The wife and father-in-law of former Glasgow MSP Tommy Sheridan are expected to be charged with perjury, a source close to the family has told the BBC. It is understood Gail Sheridan and her father Angus Healy have been invited to attend a police station on Tuesday. Mr Sheridan was charged with perjury last December in connection with the damages case he won against the News of the World in 2006. Three other people have also been charged over the case. Former MSP Rosemary Byrne, 59, Jock Pen ...


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