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07/12/2007 - 23:17

UK today, Editoweb 07 dec 2007


PM defended over summit boycott - Britain wants to hold security suspects for 42 days: minister - BBC criticised over risk management - OFT fines supermarkets for price fixing - More time to quiz "missing" canoeist.



PM defended over summit boycott
Baroness Amos has defended the prime minister's decision to boycott the EU/Africa summit because of the presence of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
The comments came after Gordon Brown was criticised by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
The British leader refuses to attend the Lisbon gathering because Zimbabwe's leader is attending despite being banned from travelling to Europe.

Britain wants to hold security suspects for 42 days: minister
The government wants to increase the maximum period of time security suspects can be detained by police without charge to 42 days, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Thursday.
"We are proposing that where there is a compelling operational need, the Home Secretary can extend the operational limit that a terrorist can be held for up to a maximum of 42 days," Smith told reporters.

BBC criticised over risk management
The BBC is facing renewed calls to open its books to the National Audit Office after MPs warned that the corporation is not doing enough to manage "a multiplicity of risks".
A report from the Commons public accounts committee said on Thursday that the broadcaster should allow the NAO to examine its accounts to ensure it was getting value for money from the licence fee.
Pointing to the kidnap of Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston, they also said that BBC managers were failing to anticipate threats faced by its own reporters in dangerous places.

OFT fines supermarkets for price fixing
The consumer watchdog is imposing fines of up to 116 million pounds after a string of dairy and supermarket groups owned up to fixing milk, butter and cheese prices.
In September, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said it had found evidence that the supermarkets and their suppliers had colluded to hike dairy product prices between 2002 and 2003, costing consumers around 270 million pounds.

More time to quiz "missing" canoeist
Detectives have been given more time to question "back from the dead" canoeist John Darwin, police said on Friday.
Magistrates granted Cleveland Police an extra 36 hours to question Darwin, 57, on suspicion of fraud.
Officers also plan to question his wife Anne, 55, if she returns to Britain.
She was quoted in newspaper reports as saying she had been "living a lie" and feared her children would never forgive her.

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