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UAE frees Briton sentenced to life as spy after pardon

ABU DHABI/DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned and released a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to membership of the UK’s MI6 intelligence service. The case has strained ties between the long-time allies, leading London to issue a forceful diplomatic response after last week’s verdict was handed down, with a warning that it could hurt relations. The UAE president issued the pardon as part of a mass…

DNA shows first modern Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

LONDON: The first modern Briton had dark skin and blue eyes, London scientists said on Wednesday, following groundbreaking DNA analysis of the remains of a man who lived 10,000 years ago. Known as "Cheddar Man" after the area in southwest England where his skeleton was discovered in a cave in 1903, the ancient man has been brought to life through the first ever full DNA analysis of his remains. In a joint project between Britain's Natural History Museum and University College London, scientists drilled a 2mm hole into…

Briton to face trial for 1996 murder of Frenchwoman in Ireland

PARIS: A British man is to face trial in France for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the wife of a celebrated French film producer, in Ireland in 1996, his lawyer said on Thursday. The main appeals court in Paris has ruled there are "sufficient elements" to put Ian Bailey, 60, on trial for the killing, his lawyer Dominique Tricaud said, adding that his client is considering mounting a challenge to the ruling. Toscan du Plantier, who was the 39-year-old wife of film producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, was found…