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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A California political activist is pushing an unusual candidate for president in 2004: British Prime Minister Tony Blair.Jim Bursch says that his dissatisfaction with both President Bush and anti-war Democrats prompted him to set up the Blair2004.com website. "Between the babbling of George W. Bush on the right, the blathering of the anti-war left, and the cluck-clucking of media hens everywhere, stands Tony Blair, articulate and principled," the site announces.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Concorde, the world''s only commercial supersonic plane, made its last passenger flight on Friday, touching down in London after a three-and-a-half hour journey from New York.The plane, the result of a joint British-French project, first flew 27 years ago. Rising maintenance costs and slackening demand for high-speed air travel after a July 2000 crash and the Sept. 11 terror attacks convinced Concorde owners British Airways and Air France to take the fleet out of service. They''ll now go into museums.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The level of aviation security in the United States and worldwide hasn't been adequately improved since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a leading aviation expert.Chris Yates, editor of the London-based Jane's Civil Aviation Security, said one year after the assault the public is still at danger from terrorists targeting air travel.Yates said security efforts have concentrated on preventing another round of suicide hijackings, to the neglect of other, potentially more likely, terror scenarios.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A compromise bill that would allow exemptions to a public smoking ban may run afoul of European human rights law, a group of British lawmakers said in a report issued Wednesday.Lobby groups on both sides of the debate say the report, which also stated that a ban wouldn't interfere with the human rights of smokers, makes a total prohibition on smoking in public places more likely.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government has denied that President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair ever discussed bombing the headquarters of Arabic television channel al-Jazeera.The statement came from Blair's official spokesman last night in response to a request from the broadcaster under Britain's Freedom of Information Act.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced down an alliance of conservatives and liberals to pass a key plank of proposed anti-terror legislation Friday after a marathon legislative session that lasted more than 30 hours. At issue was the Prevention of Terrorism Bill, a proposal to allow the U.K. government to keep terror suspects under house arrest without a full trial.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British voters went to the polls Thursday for parliamentary elections widely expected to return Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party to power despite a negatively charged campaign and heavy criticism surrounding Blair's conduct towards war in Iraq.If Blair is returned to power, he will be the first prime minister to win three consecutive terms since Conservative Margaret Thatcher.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A Senate subcommittee report released Thursday revealed that two prominent European politicians received rights to buy oil from Saddam Hussein's regime under the U.N.'s oil-for-food program. Named in the report by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs were British MP George Galloway - one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's fiercest opponents over the war in Iraq - and former French government minister Charles Pasqua.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) -- A controversial British legislator challenged U.S. senators to charge him with perjury Tuesday after a Senate subcommittee accused him of lying under oath.George Galloway, member of Parliament for a district in east London, said he was prepared to immediately travel to Washington to defend himself against the allegations, which involve links to Saddam Hussein's former regime and business dealings under the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government Thursday proposed a ban on smoking in restaurants and pubs serving food, backing away from earlier suggestions that a total ban would be put into place. Industry and pro-smoking groups expressed relief that the government shied away from a blanket ban covering all bars and clubs in England."The majority of people will be happy with this," said Simon Clark, director of the Freedom Organization for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST).
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A veterans' group says the British government may be forced to pay thousands of former soldiers for ailments related to their service in the first Gulf War after a key ruling handed down this week.Daniel Martin, 35, a former British Army reservist, won his case in front of Britain's Pensions Appeals Tribunal after proving he suffers from "Gulf War Syndrome."The British Ministry of Defense has publicly denied that the syndrome exists, instead blaming the soldiers' symptoms on a variety of other factors and diseases.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Although local police dispute it, a governing coalition party in Denmark has linked recent violence there to the much more publicized rioting in France.According to media reports and police sources, groups of young immigrant men have burned stores and a school in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city.The arson attacks started more than a week ago in the Rosenhoj area of the city. News of the attacks has been covered in the Danish press but only filtered out to the rest of the world through Internet blogs and websites.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government has ruled out an independent inquiry into the terror attacks on London's public transport system, a decision that was criticized Wednesday by the opposition Conservative Party and victims of the suicide bombers.Instead of hearings into intelligence gathering, an unnamed senior government official will produce a "narrative" about the events of July 7, Home Secretary Charles Clark said. Any public hearings could affect the continuing investigation into the attacks, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British police arrested eight men Tuesday after a series of raids described as the country's biggest counter-terror operation in years. At one address, they found more than 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, a chemical used in bomb making. More than 700 officers from five jurisdictions along with agents from MI5, Britain's domestic security service, raided 24 properties earlier in the day, said Peter Clarke, head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch of London's Metropolitan Police.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will travel to the United States on Thursday for talks with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan before a key meeting with President Bush.The meetings come at a sensitive time, as reports have surfaced in the British press of tensions in the transatlantic alliance related to the recent period of increased violence in Iraq.Meanwhile, British authorities were criticized this week in a report by the U.S. commission looking into intelligence gathering in advance of the Sept. 11 attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In one of the biggest turnarounds of his political career, British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday capitulated to pressure by the Conservative Party and several smaller political lobbies and called for a nationwide referendum on a proposed new European Union constitution.The constitution, which could approach its final form this summer, is an attempt by E.U. countries to streamline decision-making processes after 10 Eastern European nations are admitted next month, boosting membership to 25.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain this week began large-scale trials that could eventually lead to a compulsory identification card system. Government officials call it a key step in fighting terror, but civil liberties advocates and opposition politicians reject the idea.About 10,000 volunteers will test pilot ID cards that will include biometric data such as iris (eye) scans and fingerprints.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government has apologized for prison practices in Iraq as a storm erupts over photographs of soldiers abusing prisoners. But the Ministry of Defense and independent sources have cast doubt on photos published in the Daily Mirror tabloid appearing to show soldiers beating and humiliating Iraqi prisoners. The newspaper has stood by its stories -- in which four anonymous soldiers have described the alleged abuse -- and its decision to print the pictures.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - NATO leaders agreed in advance of a summit in Turkey this week to provide training to Iraq police forces, a milestone that was overshadowed Monday by news that sovereignty has been transferred to the interim Iraqi government.Reports from Baghdad said that control of the country was passed from the U.S.-led administration to Iraqis in a surprise, low-key ceremony. Over the weekend, NATO ambassadors agreed to provide training and equipment to Iraqi security forces in response to a request from the country's interim government.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Police confirmed Friday that they are investigating inflammatory comments made by a Muslim cleric whose visit to Britain has sparked protests and controversy.A spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said that officers had passed on information to the country's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the government body that makes the final decision on whether to press criminal charges.