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25/01/2008 - 21:28

UK today Editoweb, 25 jan. 2008

Firefighters attend memorial service - Prince Edward And Sophie's Son James Has Hospital Tests - Musharraf vows free elections, brushes off London protests - Sterling ends strongly - More schools 'using lottery system'.



Firefighters attend memorial service
Hundreds of firefighters have attended a memorial service for four of their colleagues who died in a warehouse blaze.
Firefighters Ashley Stephens, 20, Darren Yates-Badley, 24, John Averis, 27, and Ian Reid, 44, were killed as they attempted to tackle a fire at a vegetable-packing plant in Atherstone on Stour, Warwickshire, on November 2.

Prince Edward And Sophie's Son James Has Hospital Tests
The baby son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex has had tests at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital after suffering an allergic reaction.
James, who was born just five weeks ago, was taken to the hospital yesterday by his mother Sophie, who stayed with him overnight for further examinations today.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the baby baby had suffered "a minor allergic reaction - it's not life-threatening and it's not serious".

Musharraf vows free elections, brushes off London protests
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf brushed off criticism of his leadership Friday and renewed a pledge that upcoming elections will be free and fair, as he faced protests in London.
Arriving in Britain towards the end of a European tour, Musharraf also insisted he was committed to protecting human rights but warned there had to be limits to prevent "violence and anarchy."

Sterling ends strongly
The pound was firmer, hitting 1.9846 usd at one point -- its highest level this year, on news of a major stock market acquisition and as markets scaled back their interest rate cut expectations. Scottish & Newcastle, the UK's largest brewer, announced it has agreed to be bought by Carlsberg and Heineken, for around 7.6 billion pounds.

More schools 'using lottery system'
Growing numbers of popular schools are using lotteries to allocate places to children, according to a survey.
But some parents are unhappy with the system, claiming it is not fair that chance should deprive their children of a place at their local school.
A survey by the BBC of local authorities across England found seven schools in Hertfordshire using lotteries to allocate places, four schools in Northamptonshire, another four in London and individual schools in Milton Keynes and Derbyshire.

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