Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handoutsAround 2.1 million children live in a home where no adult is workingLess-well off have become enslaved to state benefits, study says | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’.
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.
Dramatic pictures capture rescuers plucking 13 survivors from freezing waters after North Sea ship collision… but hope fades for six crew still missing The Baltic Ace car carrier sank after it collided with the Corvus J container ship off the coast of Rotterdam on Wednesday nightRescuers managed to lift 13 sailors to safety – six are still missingCoastguard is now reported to have called off the rescue operation Five bodies have been recovered following the crash off the Dutch coastCause of the collision is under investigation, but the manager of the Baltic Ace said today that human error was 'probably' to blame | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 6 December 2012 These infra-red pictures capture the dramatic scenes as 13 sailors were rescued from the icy waters of the North Sea after the Baltic Ace cargo ship collided with another vessel off the Dutch coast.