The Ministry of Defence (MoD) must pay the entire cost of renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, the government confirmed today. This increases the chances of Trident renewal being delayed or scrapped as nuclear weapons have previously been funded by the Treasury.
Peter Tatchell is to receive an honorary doctorate from Sussex University in recognition of 43 years of campaigning for human rights. Best known for his campaigns for gay rights and for his attempted arrest of Robert Mugabe, he said he was initially hesitant about the honour but has chosen to accept.
The High Court has been asked not to grant approval for a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) settlement with the arms company BAE Systems. Campaigners want a judicial review of the SFO's decision to drop investigations into the company.
The Serious Fraud Office has triggered outrage by reaching a “plea bargain” with the arms company BAE Systems. BAE have admitted to two criminal charges and agreed to pay over £280 million, but will not face court.
Human rights groups have deplored the execution and crucifixion which took place in Saudi Arabia yesterday. Ahmed bin 'Adhaib bin 'Askar al-shamlani al-'Anzi was beheaded and his body crucified publicly in Riyadh.