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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.
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, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Couples are being misled by scientifically unsound infertility treatments marketed on the Internet, a leading British scientific body said Monday.The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) said that some cases of infertility - which affects one in seven couples - are being blamed on immune system abnormalities and that rogue scientists have developed "treatments" for such problems without fully explaining their implications.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A leading U.K. medical journal called Friday for a complete ban on tobacco, prompting outrage from smokers' groups.In an editorial, The Lancet attacked the British government for failing to impose a ban on smoking in public, and also argued that such a law "is a start, but it is missing the point." "If tobacco were an illegal substance, possession of cigarettes would become a crime, and the number of smokers would drastically fall," the journal said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government has announced it will go through with a planned fuel tax increase despite a recent OPEC decision that has pushed the price of oil higher on world markets.The country's leading motorists' group, the Automobile Association (AA), warned that the hike was ill-timed and could lead to scenes of civil disorder akin to those seen during tax protests in 2000.Government officials say the increase totaling more than 10 cents per gallon is in line with inflation.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The leader of the Church of England has publicly criticized the British government for indefinitely detaining foreign terror suspects without trial. The detentions, which were also the subject of a report by a parliamentary committee last week, were made legally possible by emergency anti-terror laws passed in the wake of 9/11.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In a fiery speech designed to hit back at critics clamoring for a leadership change, the head of the U.K.'s Conservative Party launched an attack on Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday, calling him a liar and demanding that he resign.Iain Duncan Smith, facing polls that show his party's support stagnating and newspaper reports about rumors of dissent within his own ranks, called Blair's Labor Party government "deceitful, incompetent, shallow, inefficient, ineffective, corrupt, mendacious, fraudulent, shameful, lying."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's defense secretary dismissed calls to resign Friday after being criticized by a war widow who blamed her husband's death in Iraq on army logistical problems. The soldier, Sgt. Steve Roberts, was shot to death in March while trying to stop a riot. He had been asked to give his flak jacket to another soldier just days before he was killed.In an audio diary he made for his wife while still alive, Roberts criticized the British Army's lack of supplies.On the tapes, Roberts called supply shortages "a joke" and "disgraceful."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Iran has agreed to sign a treaty that would allow weapons inspectors to make unannounced visits to the country's nuclear facilities, reports from Tehran said Tuesday.The announcement came after the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany met with Iranian leaders in an effort to end a dispute over the country's controversial atomic program.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The leader of Britain's Conservative Party called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to resign Thursday as the U.K. government continued to face questions about its use of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.Michael Howard said that Blair failed to ask basic questions about the information that convinced the Blair administration to support the U.S.-led war.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Faced with tough opposition in the upper chamber of the British Parliament, Prime Minister Tony Blair's government has signaled that it will take advantage of a little-used law in order to force through legislation restricting the sport of foxhunting.Blair promised hunting legislation when he first came to office in 1997, but all attempts to ban or curtail the sport have been thwarted either by the House of Lords or by lack of parliamentary time.The most recent bill was rejected by the Lords last month.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain will ask a meeting of European Union foreign ministers to consider banning the political wing of Hamas, the U.K. Foreign Office said Wednesday.A Foreign Office source said that Britain would prefer to push for a multilateral E.U. ban but has not entirely ruled out the possibility of taking unilateral action against the radical Palestinian group.Banning the organization would open the way for crackdowns on Hamas operations and fundraising in the 15 E.U. countries.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Their meeting was partially overshadowed by deadly bomb blasts against U.K. interests in Turkey, but President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared in front of the cameras in London on Thursday to discuss Iraq and other outstanding issues.Both leaders condemned attacks against a British bank and the British consulate that killed at least 25 and injured hundreds.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - One of the world's most controversial fertility experts made a new human cloning claim and promised to publish his research in a peer-reviewed medical journal at a conference in London this week. Panayiotis Zavos, a Kentucky-based researcher, told a news conference Monday that he has been experimenting with human DNA and the eggs of cows. Zavos said he plans to implant a now-frozen embryo into a woman's womb later this year. "We've created the first (cloned) human embryo for reproductive purposes," Zavos told reporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Fifteen members of a close-knit Greek terror group were found guilty of murder and related charges on Monday after facing trial for a campaign of violence that began with the assassination of a CIA station chief in 1975.The leaders of the radical left-wing November 17 group are thought to be responsible for hundreds of bombings and at least 23 murders. The verdicts brought to a close a trial that began in March, and those convicted face multiple life terms when they are sentenced later this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Two-thirds of motorists would drive less if fuel costs were to double, but a "hard core" of drivers in eight industrialized nations would never give up their cars, according to an international study released by a motoring think tank Monday. The survey, designed to measure the attitudes of motorists and the impact of changes to current conditions, found that a halving of the cost of public transport would have no effect on the driving habits of 60 percent of those surveyed.