Fears over soldiers facing Afghan probe

Royal Military Police are investigating six shooting incidents involving British soldiers in Afghanistan, it was disclosed yesterday.

Royal Military Police are investigating six shooting incidents involving British soldiers in Afghanistan, it was disclosed yesterday.

The revelation came as another British soldier was shot dead during a firefight with Afghan rebels.

The soldier, a member of 14 Signal Regiment, was killed when rebels attacked his platoon house in Musa Qaleh, in the north of Helmand province.

The regiment is based at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, Pembrokeshire. It specialises in electronic warfare.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the RMP's Special Investigation Branch was looking into reports of the six serious incidents in Afghanistan.

Cider theory

A glass of cider might be more effective than an apple a day at keeping the doctor away.

Researchers from the University of Glasgow believe chemicals in English cider apples can protect against stroke, heart disease and cancer.

They plan to test the theory on 12 volunteers, who will each be asked to down a pint of cider.

The scientists will check samples of their blood and urine to see if drinking scrumpy passes the disease-fighting antioxidants into the body.

A form of cider was commonly drunk at the time of the Roman invasion of England in 55BC.

Stones probe

Council bosses are to launch a probe into whether Rolling Stone Keith Richards broke Scotland's smoking ban.

Glasgow City Council has received a report that the legendary rock band's guitarist lit up on stage at Hampden Park. The veteran rockers played a concert there on Friday night, as part of their Bigger Bang European tour.

The investigation comes a month after actor Mel Smith was prevented from lighting a cigar as part of a theatre show.

Child jabs

Another round of child vaccinations is to be introduced despite the history of controversy over the existing MMR jab.

Health charities warmly welcomed the latest pneumococcal vaccine that aims to prevent illnesses like meningitis, septicaemia, pneumonia and blood poisoning.

Health Minister, Caroline Flint, said: "This vaccine will help save lives and prevent hundreds more cases of serious illness such as meningitis and pneumonia."

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