It's been a bad week for

Families of those who lost their lives on the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano when it was torpedoed by a British submarine during the Falklands war. The European Court of Human Rights rejected their attempts to bring a lawsuit against the Government as they had not first pursued all possible legal remedies in the UK.

Hindu priest Abhay Chatterjee, who was jailed for marrying a four-year-old girl to a dog in Khordah Mohanpur village in India. The ceremony was intended to exorcise the evil effects of the planet Saturn from the girl, who was allegedly accident-prone. The girl's father, who arranged the wedding and was also jailed, insists that the ceremony was the right thing to do. He claims: "My grandfather had arranged a marriage of a relative with a dog 40 years ago, and the remedy worked."

The BBC, which is battling in the High Court to reverse an injunction which prevents it from airing an interview with Bobby Kelly, a 16-year-old male believed to have been abducted by a cult. The injunction was issued after the boy's family thought that his responses were being guided by the Jesus Christians. The BBC has called the interview a "legitimate piece of journalism".

Drinkers in Liverpool, who could find their cans, bottles and glasses confiscated after the introduction of a new by-law which gives police the power to enforce a law which makes drinking in the street an offence. The move, which aims to reduce glass-related injuries in the city, also carries a hefty £500 fine.

BT, which could face a court battle after Colt, Energis and Easynet threatened legal action against it should it fail to comply with a European Commission order demanding that it allow other service providers access to local telephone loops.