From today's UK papers

July 25, 2001


Thirty sites around Britain will be sown with genetically modified oilseed rape next month in the latest stage of the government's three-year experiment to measure the effect of genetically modified crops in the environment.

Daily Telegraph

Inhaling second-hand tobacco smoke for just 30 minutes is enough to cause temporary damage to the heart, a study from Osaka City University has shown.

Drinking a pint of tea could halve the chances of dying from coronary heart disease, say scientists.


Labour promised yesterday that they will not block a potentially acrimonious debate over the future of public services at the Labour party conference this autumn.


A donation of $4.2 million (£2.6 million) by Bill Gates, the Microsoft chief, to British libraries is to be distributed to 350 in the most deprived parts of the country, including the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich.

Dr Thomas Munch-Petersen, a University College London lecturer who caused a pile-up on the M1 by fumbling for a sweet in his pocket, will be sent to jail.


The first comprehensive study of expenditure on arts and culture by the Policy Studies Institute concludes that the future for an industry in which the government has invested high economic hopes could be blighted by a lack of data. ( Financial Times, Guardian, Times )

Rare antique theology books valued at £20,000 have been stolen from the Bodleian Library. ( Daily Telegraph, Times )


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