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July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Portions of British intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program were "seriously flawed" in the days leading up to war, according to a report released Wednesday by an independent panel.The Butler Inquiry released its findings in the wake of a similar probe into intelligence gathering by the U.S. Senate.Headed by Lord Butler, a former government minister, the panel said there was "no deliberate distortion or culpable negligence" and that most intelligence assessments on Iraq were fair and broadly accurate.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British fertility industry regulators loosened the rules governing embryo testing Wednesday, a move that could result in the creation of more so-called "designer babies" whose tissues could be used to help their siblings.Embryo testing has been a subject of intense debate in Britain since the case of Zain Hashmi, a boy with a fatal blood disease, came to light two years ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - One of Britain's top specialists has condemned the country's fertility treatment watchdog, calling it mismanaged, bureaucratic and detrimental to research.Lord Robert Winston said that the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) should be disbanded.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced criticism at home Wednesday after returning from a vacation more than a week after the tsunami disaster in South Asia.Blair remained with his family at an Egyptian resort as the death toll from the tragedy continued to rise, leaving his potential successor, Chancellor (Treasury Secretary) Gordon Brown to coordinate aid efforts.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's ruling party will resist efforts to loosen restrictions on people defending their own homes from intruders, a cabinet official announced Wednesday.Home Secretary Charles Clarke, the official in charge of law and justice issues, said in a statement that the current law, which allows homeowners and renters to use "reasonable force" against burglars, is sufficient.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Four British citizens who were held on suspicion of terrorism for up to three years at Guantanamo Bay were released without charge Wednesday following their return to the U.K.Arrested in various countries around the world before being transferred to the U.S. naval base, their return brought an end to a diplomatic sticking point between the two main allies in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Sky marshals could be placed on British flights to and from the United States this week, but the U.K. pilots' union says its objections to guns on planes could lead its members to refuse to fly. In a joint statement, Britain's transport and home secretaries called the move "a responsible and prudent step" in response to the heightened U.S. terror alert.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - European Union officials were expected to finalize plans for collective aid to rebuild Iraq during a meeting Monday, but individual countries have staked out differing positions on additional funds for the country.The E.U. foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, were expected to approve more than $230 million to rebuild Iraq. Although the sum will be bolstered by contributions from individual nations, it is less than 1 percent of the $35.6 billion that the World Bank estimates is needed to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In an attempt to solidify agreements over Iran's nuclear activities, Iranian President Mohammed Khatami has met with Western leaders on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. However, British diplomats say Iran has yet to fulfil all of its obligations under the pact, according to reports from the conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A top Anglican bishop has revealed that he came close to resigning over what he considered to be unjust treatment towards a homosexual clergyman who was in line for promotion.The incident was one of a string of disputes that led to an extraordinary meeting of church leaders in London last week that has left the Anglican Church on the brink of schism. Richard Harries, the Bishop of Oxford, initially chose Canon Jeffery John to become Bishop of Reading, a city about 40 miles west of London, in June of this year.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Security in British train stations and on London's subway system was stepped up this week as undercover officers began patrols on trains following deadly terror bomb attacks in Spain. Andy Trotter, a deputy chief constable with London's Metropolitan Police, said that although no specific threat has been received, the British capital is on a high state of alert. "The threat from terrorism remains very real, as the events in Madrid show," Trotter said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's defense secretary said Wednesday that most parts of Iraq, including the capital city of Baghdad, are calm despite the combat death of a British marine, the first United Kingdom fatality in Iraq since September.Cpl. Ian Plank, 31, of the Royal Marines was killed last week but the Ministry of Defense (MoD), citing operational reasons, confirmed his death late Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A 56-year-old British grandmother who has already had a child using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment has advertised in local stores and newspapers in an attempt to find an egg donor so that she can have another baby.Priscilla Eatwell, who lives in Hampshire southwest of London, told reporters that she has been turned away from fertility clinics because of her age but has sought out controversial Italian doctor Severino Antinori for another course of IVF.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's Foreign Office warned that terrorists could strike again at locations in Turkey and advised against travel to the country in the wake of bomb blasts against a bank headquarters and the U.K. consulate in Istanbul that killed at least 27 people and injured more than 400."We have information to suggest that further attacks may be attempted," according to new travel advice put out by British officials. The United States and Australia also issued travel warnings.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A research group is blaming "super-sized" portions of food, a trend imported from the United States, for rising levels of obesity and other health problems in Britain. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said Wednesday that bigger meals could lead to increased risk of cancer and heart disease."There's a great deal of evidence that larger portions are being marketed at lower prices," said Jeff Prince of the WCRF's Washington office, also known as the American Institute for Cancer Research.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The dismantling of four former U.S. Navy ships at a dock in northern England could face delays after an environmental group won the first round of a court case this week.The ships, part of a fleet of 13 boats scheduled to be destroyed by Able UK in the city of Hartlepool, England, have been the subject of legal challenges on both sides of the Atlantic.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Facing increasing dissent over the ongoing operation in Iraq and domestic policy plans, British Prime Minister Tony Blair used a speech Wednesday to ask anti-war members of his own party to understand his decision to back the United States."Iraq has divided the international community, it has divided this party, the country, families, friends," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
(1st Add: updates with further security delays.)London (CNSNews.com) - British Airways flights from London to Washington and Saudi Arabia were scheduled to depart as normal on Monday, after a week in which terror alerts caused cancellations and delays.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The leaders of two of Northern Ireland's main political parties met with U.S., British and Irish officials in London on Monday in an attempt to restart moribund peace talks in advance of possible provincial elections later this year.The Northern Ireland Assembly, the cornerstone of the peace process, has been suspended since last fall over alleged spying by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government came under renewed criticism on Thursday for its plans to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, as authorities launched an ad campaign designed to warn the public against using the drug. Conservative Party leader Michael Howard said he would reverse the declassification policy if his party wins a future general election.