News, 7 November 2011

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I was wrong to have baby at 57, admits IVF mum

A UK woman who gave birth at 57 following IVF has said it was a mistake to have children so late. Susan Tollefsen admits to struggling to raise her child now she is over 60. She said: "With the benefit of hindsight, I recognise that perhaps some of my critics were right." [Irish Independent, 7 November] http://goo.gl/8HmvB

UK court involved in euthanasia decisions should be open to public scrutiny, says court's judge

The head of an English which makes decisions on the treatment of the mentally-incapacitated has said that his court should be opened up to public scrutiny. Sir Nicholas Wall, head of the Court of Protection, said he is "increasingly encouraging judges who deal with life and death cases and those that involve the public interest – that is, deprivation of liberty safeguards or life support machine cases – either to sit in open court or to publish their judgments anonymously. The public deserve to know about how they are decided." [Guardian, 6 November] http://goo.gl/g9Yqv

Tanzania will not be bullied over gay rights issues, minister tells Britain

The foreign minister of Tanzania has said that his country rejects pressure by the British government to adopt so-called gay rights. Bernard Membe said: "We are not ready to allow any rich nation to give us aid based on unacceptable conditions simply because we are poor." Leaders in other African countries are also rejecting the Cameron government's pressure. [Pink Paper, 5 November] http://goo.gl/vIgz2

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