Egypt death couple ‘exposed to chemicals’

A preliminary report from Dr Nick Gent suggested neither radiation, natural causes, carbon monoxide poisoning nor food poisoning caused the couple’s deaths. While the cause of death is still unknown, Dr Gent told the court it was most likely exposure to an “infectious biological agent or toxic chemicals”. Image caption Susan Cooper worked for Thomas Cook in Burnley Hotel records showed housekeeping had been called to the Coopers’ room at least three times on the day before the couple died and the room next door had been fumigated. Coroner Dr James Adeley asked lawyers representing the hotel and Thomas Cook for a raft of documents ahead of a full inquest. He also requested the hotel’s air conditioning maintenance logs, as …

No trophy hunting import ban yet – Gove

Clients, mainly from Europe or the US, often pay thousands of pounds to take part in a hunt, and keep a “trophy” – usually the head or skin, or another body part. It’s a big business in some African countries. Critics describe it as a blood sport, but proponents say it helps raise vital money for conservation, especially for endangered species. ‘I hunt wild animals because I love them’ Trophy hunting ‘raises extinction risk’ Should trophy hunting be banned? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael Gove tells 5 Live the UK will not be banning imports from trophy hunting yet. Currently, if a trophy hunter wants to bring a body part from their hunt back into the …

Could rapist couple have been stopped?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVictims call for Barry rapist couple case review Questions over whether a couple jailed for a string of rapes on girls were part of a paedophile ring have led to calls for a serious case review. Husband and wife Peter and Avril Griffiths abused and raped multiple girls over decades in the seaside town of Barry in south Wales. Nazir Afzal, who prosecuted grooming gangs in Rochdale, said there should now be a review into the case. It follows the discovery a victim’s earlier complaint was not acted on. In October, a jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard how for years the couple had carried out a sustained campaign of rape and …

Wedding day Parkrun for happy couple

Image copyright Simon Wright/Anna Thorpe Image caption They have done more than 200 Parkruns between them Mr Wright, 39, and Miss Thorpe, 32, felt running had to feature in their wedding day – but changed into other outfits for the ceremony. “Running has been an important part of both our lives,” said Mr Wright, who is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South. “We have had some difficult experiences and we both looked to running as a new activity.” The couple met two years ago at the Norwich Road Runners’ Christmas fancy dress run. Image copyright Simon Wright/Anna Thorpe Image caption They find the local Parkrun wherever they go, such as this one at Sherwood Forest “It’s wonderful what …

Social media effect ‘tiny’ in teenagers

Past research on the relationship between screens, technology and children’s mental health has often been contradictory. Trivial effect Prof Andrew Przybylski and Amy Orben, from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, say it is often based on limited evidence which does not give the full picture. Their study concluded that most links between life satisfaction and social media use were “trivial”, accounting for less than 1% of a teenager’s wellbeing – and that the effect of social media was “not a one-way street”. Prof Przybylski, director of research at the institute, said: “99.75% of a person’s life satisfaction has nothing to do with their use of social media.” Tips on how to limit excessive screen time How …