From today's UK papers

December 12, 2001

Study fuels argument on benefits of arms exports
A new Ministry of Defence study on the economic costs and benefits of UK defence exports was yesterday seized upon by both sides of the argument on whether the government should continue to support weapons sales abroad. (Financial Times)

Tutor killed as he chases thief
A college tutor was run over and killed as he tried to stop a thief stealing a laptop computer. Charles Tandy, 56, spotted the man trying to smuggle the equipment out of the EEF Technical Training Centre in Tyseley and gave chase along with his colleague Leslie Hillstead. (Daily Mail)

Virus test sites to be secret
A public register giving the location of genetic modification experiments on dangerous viruses such as anthrax and typhus has been closed by the government. (Daily Telegraph)

£14m for booster classes
An extra £14 million is due to be spent next year on booster classes for 14-year-olds in English, maths and science. (Financial Times)

Channel 4 poaches boss from BBC
Channel 4 has poached the BBC television chief Mark Thompson to be its new chief executive. (The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian)

Surgeon shortage 'has led to inferior service'
The president of the Royal College of Surgeons berated NHS surgery yesterday as a "second-class service" so short of consultants, nurses and theatre space that dozens of district hospitals may have to be downgraded. (The Independent, Daily Telegraph)

Divorce threatens back-to-work mothers
More than a quarter of mothers returning to full-time work soon after having a baby experience marital breakdown, according to an Oxford Brookes University study published today by the Economic and Social Research Council. (The Guardian)

Melting ice cap threat to UK
Polar ice caps are melting faster than suspected, threatening to raise sea levels above many low-lying parts of Britain, warn scientists at University College, London. (Daily Mail)

Radio days
One hundred years ago today, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first transatlantic radio signal. It was a landmark in human history, initiating an age of global communication that defined an entire century. (The Independent)

History is the new cookery
Historians are the new TV stars but are they descending into farce? (The Times)

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