Hunt wants abrupt analysis of cannabis oil law afterwards Billy Caldwell case

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called for a swift review of the medicinal use of cannabis oil after an emergency licence was provided to Billy Caldwell, a boy with severe epilepsy whose medication had been confiscated. Hunt said the UK had not got the law right on the oil, which is legal in many …

Britain’s biologic laws are in the aphotic ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it | Simon Jenkins

What kind of country gets a politician rather than a doctor to prescribe medicine for a sick child? When the home secretary, Sajid Javid, decided at the weekend to allow 12-year-old Billy Caldwell “one bottle” of cannabis oil, his spokeswoman said it was an exceptional case to meet “a short-term emergency”. The only emergency was …

Caster Semenya Will Challenge Testosterone Rule in Court

Castor Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion, won the 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., last month.CreditChris Pietsch/The Register-Guard, via Associated Press Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic champion from South Africa in the 800 meters, said Monday that she would legally challenge track and field’s world governing body, attempting to block a much-debated …

Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler Arrested Over Diesel Scandal

Mr. Stadler is the highest-ranking Volkswagen executive still in his job to have been identified as a suspect in the diesel emissions case.CreditMichael Dalder/Reuters German authorities arrested and jailed Rupert Stadler, the chief of Volkswagen’s Audi luxury car division, on Monday in connection with emissions cheating, a further embarrassment for the carmaker, which has so …

Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner black with Neymar and referee

It was always likely to be a pivotal duel. Stephan Lichtsteiner against Neymar. The Switzerland captain and right-back versus Brazil’s quicksilver threat off the left. Beforehand, Lichtsteiner had described it as “practically impossible to neutralise Neymar completely over 90 minutes.” Afterwards, he would suggest that the referee, Cesar Ramos, had a similarly difficult task. Brazil …

In Texas Governor’s Race, Lupe Valdez Faces Resistance From Fellow Democrats

Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, faces an election without the support of the progressive community and immigration activists.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times AUSTIN, Tex. — Even in the close-knit circles of Texas liberals, Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor, conjures up a disparate set of opinions — far …

Trump Picks Economic Winners, Guided by Nostalgia

The Big Rivers Electric Corporation power plant in Robards, Ky. President Trump’s efforts to boost domestic coal mining have come largely through proposals to prevent coal-fired power plants from closing.CreditLuke Sharrett for The New York Times By Brad Plumer and Jim Tankersley WASHINGTON — As President Trump tries to tilt global trade in the United …