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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Peter Mandelson in hospital overnight
Post-op Mandelson in “good form”

By Alex Stevenson Peter Mandelson has come through an operation dealing with a prostate problem, but will remain in hospital overnight for monitoring. The first secretary of state will spend the night in Paddington’s St Mary’s hospital after what was described by a spokesman as a “routine operation”. “He’s had the operation, he’s in good… Read more »

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US Senate hearings on whether BP influenced Lockerbie bomber decision postponed
Britain simmers over Lockerbie bomber release

By Alex Stevenson The imperilled upcoming royal visit to Libya is the latest signal of London’s displeasure at Edinburgh’s decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi yesterday. The BBC has reported that Prince Andrew’s scheduled visit to the north African country, due early next month, may no longer go ahead. Cancelling the trip would be… Read more »