The buck (or the pound, in this case) stops at the desk of perpetually embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. According to numerous reports in newspapers in the U.K. and worldwide, a clandestine oil-for-prisoners deal with Libya facilitated the recent “compassionate release” of convicted terrorist Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison where he was serving a life sentence for having bombed a commercial airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.
To paraphrase an axiom: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to use a metal detector and he'll be RICH!" Something like that, anyway. Terry Herbert, an up until now amateur metal-detector enthusiast, of Burntwood, England, found a treasure trove of gold buried in his friend's field on a farm near Lichfield in Staffordshire, England.
In England, as of September 1, 2009, lesbian women in same-sex partnerships who conceive a child as a result of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other similar fertility techniques, may have their names listed as parents on the baby's official birth certificate.
Speaking at a ceremony held in Gdansk, Poland, at the exact location and exactly 70 years to the day, hour, and minute after a German battleship fired the first shots of World War II, Polish President Lech Kaczynski laid blame for the onset of the war at the feet of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
The Russian-manned Finnish cargo ship Arctic Sea has been intercepted by the Russian navy 300 miles off Cape Verde, Times Online reported on August 17. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has told Russia’s President Medvedev: “The crew are all alive and well.”
“A Russian-manned cargo ship that vanished last month in the Atlantic was found Friday [August 14] near Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa, according to French and Russian officials,” AP reported that same day. No information about the status of the ship’s crew or cargo was immediately available.
According to Wired.com, following up a Sunday Express report, the British government plans to install and monitor CCTV cameras in 20,000 British homes. The government will spend 400 million pounds (the equivalent of $688 million) on the project.