From today's UK papers

June 25, 2001

Financial Times

Ashkenazi Jews, who are among the most genetically homogeneous groups in the world, may offer a fast track to new drugs.

Guardian

A confidential government report on racism in the National Health Service has revealed that at least half the frontline staff from ethnic minorities were victims of racial harassment last year.

A proposal for a graduation certificate for school-leavers will be announced this week. Ministers hope that the move will see schools and colleges holding morale-boosting graduation ceremonies along the lines of the US high school tradition.

Daily Telegraph

Prostate cancer is expected to become the most common form of the disease in Britain in the next 20 years, overtaking lung, breast and bowel cancers, experts from the Cancer Research Campaign say.

David Chandler, a leading British expert on Napoleon, has given his backing to the theory that the deposed French emperor was assassinated by his fellow countrymen.

Times

The style of an e-mail reveals the writer's sex, according to a study by the University of Otago.

Tighter control over school places will be included in the promised education bill as authorities increasingly struggle to provide secondary school places for all their children.

Five million Britons will die from smoking-related cancer in the next 50 years unless ministers intensify efforts to help people to quit, Sir Richard Peto of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund said yesterday.

How would you explain the political theories of famous philosophers to Martians? It's a question that a rollerskating media don from New Zealand is likely to ask Chelsea Clinton to get her to explain political theories when she arrives at Oxford.

Miscellany

Unions and the Labour left have stepped up opposition to private-sector involvement in public-service reform, with the unions' leaders warning the government against preparing for a fight. ( Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Independent )

A man aged 25 was arrested on suspicion of raping a girl of 16 at an Oxford University summer ball early yesterday. ( Daily Telegraph, Times )

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