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July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British fertility industry regulators loosened the rules governing embryo testing Wednesday, a move that could result in the creation of more so-called "designer babies" whose tissues could be used to help their siblings.Embryo testing has been a subject of intense debate in Britain since the case of Zain Hashmi, a boy with a fatal blood disease, came to light two years ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - One of Britain's top specialists has condemned the country's fertility treatment watchdog, calling it mismanaged, bureaucratic and detrimental to research.Lord Robert Winston said that the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) should be disbanded.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced criticism at home Wednesday after returning from a vacation more than a week after the tsunami disaster in South Asia.Blair remained with his family at an Egyptian resort as the death toll from the tragedy continued to rise, leaving his potential successor, Chancellor (Treasury Secretary) Gordon Brown to coordinate aid efforts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's ruling party will resist efforts to loosen restrictions on people defending their own homes from intruders, a cabinet official announced Wednesday.Home Secretary Charles Clarke, the official in charge of law and justice issues, said in a statement that the current law, which allows homeowners and renters to use "reasonable force" against burglars, is sufficient.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Four British citizens who were held on suspicion of terrorism for up to three years at Guantanamo Bay were released without charge Wednesday following their return to the U.K.Arrested in various countries around the world before being transferred to the U.S. naval base, their return brought an end to a diplomatic sticking point between the two main allies in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British police arrested eight men Tuesday after a series of raids described as the country's biggest counter-terror operation in years. At one address, they found more than 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, a chemical used in bomb making. More than 700 officers from five jurisdictions along with agents from MI5, Britain's domestic security service, raided 24 properties earlier in the day, said Peter Clarke, head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch of London's Metropolitan Police.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The 48-year-old case of the last woman to be hanged in Britain was reopened on Tuesday as judges heard that Ruth Ellis suffered from "battered woman syndrome" when she shot her lover to death.Relatives of Ellis are asking the Court of Appeal in London to review the guilty verdict she received after a two-day trial in 1955. They want the judges to replace the decision with a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of "provocation" or "diminished responsibility."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A small, British, anti-European Union party has caused a storm by calling a recent series of terror bombs mailed to E.U. institutions "the price of forcing a political ideal on people without giving them a choice."The conservative-leaning U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), which advocates Britain's withdrawal from the 15-member bloc, said it had warned that "the absence of democracy within the European Union, and the failure to give people a choice as to whether they wished to participate or not, would end in civil unrest and violence."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will face protests and difficult questions over Iraq and a host of domestic issues as his Labor Party holds its annual meeting this week.In an interview over the weekend, Blair, who will deliver a keynote speech on Tuesday, signaled his intention to clash with left-wing and anti-war members of his own party."I don't apologise for Iraq," he told BBC radio. "I am proud of what we have done."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British groups opposed to animal experimentation claimed victory Tuesday after Cambridge University, citing financial concerns, announced that it would halt the construction of a primate research lab. The university attributed the decision to rising estimated costs as a result of animal welfare regulations as well as projected security spending for protests at the proposed new site in eastern England.A nearby animal experimentation company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, has been a key target for British animal protest groups in the past.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A group of Indian Ocean islanders seeking the right to return to their home archipelago have lost their court action to return to their islands, one of which is now the site of a strategic U.S. airbase. Thousands of Chagos islanders were moved from their homes by the British government to make room for the base in the late 60s and early 70s. They have fought a court battle to return home and were close to victory in 2000 when judges ruled that the U.K. government had unlawfully resettled the islanders.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The new leader of Britain's Conservative Party was busy making changes to his team on Monday, but the party's recent moves apparently haven't shifted voter thinking, according to recent polls. A survey conducted by Populus and published in The Times newspaper found that Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party still leads the Conservatives with the support of 36 percent of voters.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Just over half of British viewers believe that television coverage of the Gulf War was fair, according to a survey commissioned by the country's commercial television regulator.In a poll of 4,000 people, the Independent Television Commission (ITC) found that 67 percent relied on the television for international news, compared to 16 percent for newspapers.The ITC also found that perceptions of bias in TV news were largely shaped by the political beliefs of the respondents.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A decision on whether or not to push through a ban on foxhunting in Britain is expected Wednesday, but a parliamentary committee has ruled that restrictions could violate human rights laws. Attempts by Prime Minister Tony Blair's administration to impose a ban on the rural sport have been consistently thwarted by the House of Lords and lack of legislative time.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In the toughest test yet of his government's credibility during six years in office, British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced questions Thursday in front of an independent inquiry into the death of a top government weapons expert. Appearing calm and relaxed before government-appointed judge Lord Hutton, the prime minister denied a BBC report that started the controversy and defended his administration's handling of the affair.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain will undertake a major overhaul of its armed forces to concentrate on anti-terror operations. The move coincides with a government audit that said U.K. troops in Iraq and Kuwait were deprived of key supplies in the weeks before the war.Heavily armed units will be scaled down in favor of rapid response teams, British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon told the House of Commons on Thursday. "This is a changing world and we must adapt if our armed forces are to stay ahead of potential adversaries," Hoon said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A research group is blaming "super-sized" portions of food, a trend imported from the United States, for rising levels of obesity and other health problems in Britain. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said Wednesday that bigger meals could lead to increased risk of cancer and heart disease."There's a great deal of evidence that larger portions are being marketed at lower prices," said Jeff Prince of the WCRF's Washington office, also known as the American Institute for Cancer Research.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - London's independent socialist mayor has been accepted back into British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party, more than a year and a half before a ban on his membership was scheduled to run out. Ken Livingstone was kicked out of the party for running against - and beating - the official Labor candidate in the 2000 mayoral election. But the party's ruling national executive decided to allow him back in after a vote on Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Facing increasing dissent over the ongoing operation in Iraq and domestic policy plans, British Prime Minister Tony Blair used a speech Wednesday to ask anti-war members of his own party to understand his decision to back the United States."Iraq has divided the international community, it has divided this party, the country, families, friends," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A judge investigating the death of a British weapons expert largely cleared the government of wrongdoing in a final report issued Wednesday, but he criticized a British Broadcasting Corp. reporter and his supervisors. Senior judge Lord Hutton called several allegations reported by the BBC "unfounded" and described some editorial procedures as "defective."Hutton held six weeks of hearings last summer examining the circumstances leading up to the death of Ministry of Defense (MoD) weapons expert David Kelly.