From today's UK papers

July 17, 2001

Daily Telegraph

Some young people believe that closing their eyes while having sexual intercourse will guard against pregnancy, a survey of doctors in Doctor magazine said yesterday.

A description of the northern lights above Korea in the 12th century has confirmed the theory that a medieval English monk made the earliest known drawing of a sunspot according to researchers at Durham and Warwick universities.

Handgun crime increased by 40 per cent in the two years after the ban imposed because of the Dunblane massacre, according to a new study from King's College London.

Financial Times

New rules came into force yesterday aimed at sparing business the rising cost of ill-founded claims reaching employment tribunals.


According to an ICM poll - 65 per cent of people believe prosecution for possession of cannabis should be lowest priority.

A leading US scientist is moving his laboratory from California to Britain in despair over Washington's restrictions on the use of cells from human embryos.


One of Britain's least known and most mysterious mammals seems to be in decline. An International Fund for Animal Welfare research project is attempting to find out exactly what is happening to the smallest cousin of the dolphins and whales, the harbour porpoise.

Cancer patients who fail to respond to treatment might soon be given a new drug that makes chemotherapy more effective for a longer period, scientists at Glasgow University said yesterday.

Parents with children at independent schools face a fees increase of up to 12 per cent for the academic year starting in September.

A subculture of drug use permeates sections of the British police force, according to research by a criminologist and a former chief inspector at the University of Central England.


The government has agreed to pay the costs of an animal rights campaign group after deciding not to defend a legal challenge to a cancer experiment on mice.

Daily Mail

"Oxford was right to reject me. I didn't deserve to get in." Laura Spence, the star pupil turned down by Magdalen, makes a surprising admission.


Tony Blair defied growing trades union opposition to the use of private companies to run public services yesterday by telling them that it was "reform or bust" ( Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Times )


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