World news in brief Hopes on hair sample THE mother of a missing English boy was yesterday beginning an anxious wait for DNA test results on a single hair from a youngster resembling her son and said: ``We want this nightmare to finish.''
Ben Needham was 21-months-old when he disappeared on the Greek island of Kos in 1991 and despite a massive hunt he has never been found.
Her 114th birthday
BRITAIN'S oldest person yesterday celebrated her 114th birthday - even though she does not like her place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Annie Jennings, of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, took on the title following the death of the Lucy Askew, from Sevenoaks, Kent, last December.
Probe into deaths
DETECTIVES were today digging up moorland on the Isle of Man as part of a major investigation into dozens of sudden deaths on the island.
Police in Lancashire have also confirmed they are re-examining files on fatal fires in the Blackpool area over the last two years.
New CJD warning
PREGNANT women face the ``possibility'' of contracting mad cow disease until new supplies of a rare blood product are sourced from abroad, British Health Secretary Frank Dobson told MPs yesterday.
His statement came after concern from a scientist that 80,000 British mothers-to-be a year were being put at risk by the use of UK Anti D immunoglobulin to protect against haemolytic disease, which Mr Dobson warned could cause fatalities.