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Boys could be given HPV jab as well as girls

Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Teenage boys could soon be given the HPV jab, which protects against some forms of cancer, as well as girls.

The HPV vaccination programme was launched in 2008 in England to help prevent cervical cancer for girls aged 12-13.

But experts claim it should be rolled out to boys as it also protects against head, neck and prostate cancers.

HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus and there are more than 100 different strains, which in some people can lead to an increased cancer risk.

The UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an advisory body to the Department of Health, will meet today to discuss whether to extend the HPV vaccination programme to boys.

They will also talk about whether the vaccine should be offered to gay men.


Turkey 'prepared for the worst' over refugee crisis

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister has said his government is "prepared for the worst" as hundreds of thousands of refugees stream into his country from Syria.

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian refugees wait behind a border fence. Credit: Reuters

"We are prepared for the worst scenario, which is an influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees," Numan Kurtulmus told reporters in the capital Ankara.

Balls: 'PM not being straight' over Unions reform

The Prime Minister is "not being straight with the British people" over the cost and complexity of constitutional reform, Ed Balls said. The shadow chancellor accused David Cameron of talking "complete nonsense" over his demands that Scottish MPs be quickly stripped of the right to vote on laws affecting only England.

Balls: 'PM not being straight' over reform of Union.

And he said rushed reforms risked "undermining the Union we have all just fought to save".

Mr Cameron's move to link the change to the cross-party timetable agreed for new powers for Holyrood in the wake of Scotland's rejection of independence in last week's referendum has angered Labour and dominated the start of its annual conference in Manchester.


Senior MP 'very concerned' over Alice Gross probe

The police hunt for missing teenager Alice Gross has come under scrutiny after reports officers did not immediately ask the Latvian authorities for help finding suspect Arnis Zalkalns.

The Met made formal contact with Latvian officers on the weekend, but there are concerns Mr Zalkalns may have fled to his home country as early as September 4th, the Times (£) reports.

Fourteen-year-old Alice disappeared on August 28th after last being sighted on a towpath in west London.

Teenager Alice Gross went missing at the end of August. Credit: PA

Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, said he was "very concerned" at the length of time it had taken to expand the investigation into Mr Zalkalns.

But a former detective told Good Morning Britain the Met were "throwing everything" at the inquiry and deserved credit for identifying Mr Zalkalns as a suspect.

City analyst 'flabbergasted' by Tesco profit overstatement

The supermarket has ordered an independent review after discovering the "serious issue". Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A City analyst has said he is "flabbergasted" by the Tesco profit overstatement of £250 million.

Shore Capital retail analyst Clive Black said: "These are serious times for Tesco and its shareholders."

Tesco shares, which have already fallen by 39% over the last year, slumped by another 11% today.

New Zealand PM wants vote on flag change

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants a national referendum on the flag change next year. Credit: AP Photo/Nick Perry

New Zealand Prime Minster John Key wants the nation to vote next year on changing its flag.

It currently depicts the Southern Cross star constellation and includes Britain's Union Jack in the upper left corner.

But opponents say it is too similar to the Australian flag and does not reflect New Zealand's independence from Britain.

Fresh from a big election win, Mr Key told television station TV3 that he wants a national referendum held in 2015 after first raising the idea of a flag vote in March.

Mr Key's centre-right National Party won 48% of the vote in Saturday's election, giving it a third term in office.

Spacecraft explores 'mystery' of Mars climate change

Nasa's Mars spacecraft is to explore the "mystery" of climate change on Red Planet.

Scientists confirmed that the Maven science vessel will now be able to beam back data after the mission successfully place it into orbit.

Spacecraft explores 'mystery Credit: Nasa

Mars has a relatively thick atmosphere compared to the moon. The more interesting comparison is that we have a fleet of earth science and weather satellites around the earth for us to understand the earth's atmosphere.

The Mars atmosphere, being something like the earth's - Maven is something more akin to our earth observing satellites.

Somehow Mars changed billions of years ago from a thick atmosphere like earth to the very thin one today. That's the big mystery the team with Maven is trying to solve.

– Astronaut John Grunsfeld

Speaking at a press conference, Astronaut John Grunsfeld from the Nasa Science Mission Directorate said the mission aimed to solve the riddle of the planet's history.

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