UN faces call
for cloning ban
France and Germany have called on the United Nations to start
work on an international convention to outlaw the cloning of human
beings for the purposes of reproduction.
Paris and Berlin delivered their request to Kofi Annan, the UN
Secretary-General, after Dr Severino Antinori, an Italian
embryologist, said he would start cloning experiments within weeks.
His scheme, intended to help childless couples, has brought
condemnation across Europe.
Pope is clement
Rome: The Vatican suspended its decision to excommunicate
Mgr Emmanuel Milingo, 71, because of his marriage to a member of the
Unification Church. The announcement came after the former
Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia, was granted an audience with the Pope.
Tokyo: A girl aged five and her brother, two, were stabbed
to death and their six-year-old sister seriously wounded when an
intruder broke into their home in Hiroo, on the northern island of
Hokkaido. A man was being questioned by police after he gave himself