Recovery is in sight, says Sir Mervyn: Bank of England chief gives Chancellor a boost ahead of the Budget

Recovery is in sight, says Sir Mervyn: Bank of England chief gives Chancellor a boost ahead of the Budget By Becky Barrow and Hugo Duncan PUBLISHED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:20 GMT, 15 March 2013 The Bank of England's governor said last night that the 'recovery is in sight' in a boost for the Chancellor ahead of his Budget next week. In a rare television interview, Sir Mervyn King said Britain's anaemic economic growth is finally drawing to an end following the long and painful downturn. It comes at a time of growing fears that the country could be heading for a triple-dip recession, but his comments suggest any further slump will be short-lived.

Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in Belgium

Children could choose to die under new euthanasia law considered in BelgiumProposals submitted to parliament by Socialist PartyThey are likely to be approved by other parties laterIncludes 'incurably ill' minors 'capable of discernment'Parliament also asked to include Alzheimer's patients | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 19 December 2012 Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die.

Reprimand for Judge Peter Bowers who set burglar free

Reprimand for judge who told burglar he needed 'a huge amount of courage' to steal from homes and set him freeJudge Peter Bowers faced criticism from David Cameron over his commentsThe PM said burglars were 'cowards' and their crimes were 'hateful'Serial burglar Richford Rochford burgled three houses in five daysJudge told his remarks were 'offensive' and a serious error of 'judgement' | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 4 December 2012 A judge who told a burglar that stealing from homes took 'a huge amount of courage' before setting him free has been formally reprimanded. Judge Peter Bowers admitted he could be pilloried for sparing Richard Rochford from prison at Teesside Crown Court when he made the comment in September.

Majority of Brits want assisted suicide legalised, new poll reveals

Majority of Brits want assisted suicide legalised as new poll reveals strong support for change in the law across Europe Survey shows majority support for 'right to die' legislation in 12 European countriesSeventy one per cent of Brits want assisted dying to be legally permitted Swiss body behind poll says results show current laws do not reflect public opinion | UPDATED: 16:34 GMT, 30 November 2012 Nearly three quarters of British people are in favour of legalising assisted suicide according to a new poll – which shows strong support for a change in the law across Europe. The survey, carried out on behalf of the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association (SMLA), found large majorities in the 12 west European countries involved supported the right of people to choose when and how they die