Scientists Grant GM Go-Ahead; in Brief

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GOVERNMENT scientists have given a go-ahead to grow GM crops. The experts said Britian should push ahead developing the controversial plants, but wanted at least 100 metres distance from normal crops for safety reasons.

Scientists from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council today unveiled the results of a five year, [pounds sterling]4.5 million study into GM crop safety. The report urged a 100-metre safety zone, even though it conceded some crops could spread beyond that.

Ruling gives OK to call BNP Nazis

. A RULING that the BNP could legally be labelled "Nazis" could hinder their chances of winning a by-election in East London. Labour hopes to wrest back control of Goresbrook ward in Barking, the BNP's only council seat in the capital, in today's by-election.

They received a boost when the Standards Board for England found Democrat Parliamentary candidate Gavin Stollar had not broken public conduct rules when, referring to the BNP, he said: "we don't want Nazis in our town."

Greenhouse gas threat from TVs

A MILLION tonnes of greenhouse gas is pumped into the atmosphere by appliances such as TVs and DVD players left on standby, according to government figures. The cost to the environment has prompted calls for modifications to reduce the electricity they waste. …