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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, 8:15 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, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British police on Monday were granted an additional two days to question a terror suspect arrested after a raid in a city in western England last week. Authorities said a search of the home of 24-year old Sajid Badat of Gloucester -- carried out in the early hours of Friday -- uncovered a "relatively small amount" of explosives. Reports in British papers over the weekend said Badat may have been planning a suicide attack on a soccer stadium, but police said the papers were engaging in "pure speculation."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Making his second appearance before an independent inquiry Monday, Britain's defense secretary said he did not see a press statement that led to the naming of a government weapons expert who was later found dead from an apparent suicide. Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon denied that the Ministry of Defense set out on a deliberate strategy to release the name of David Kelly after the weapons expert identified himself to his bosses as a possible anonymous source of a BBC story.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain has joined calls for Saddam Hussein to be tried in a court in Iraq, with Prime Minister Tony Blair hailing a "time of great opportunity" in the country."Where his rule meant terror and division and brutality, let his capture bring about unity, reconciliation and peace between all the people in Iraq," Blair said."The shadow of Saddam is finally lifted from the Iraqi people. We give thanks for that, but let this be more than a cause simply for rejoicing. Let it be a moment to reach out and to reconcile," Blair said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An interim report by the Iraq Survey Group has fueled debate on both sides of the Atlantic over whether the threat posed by Saddam Hussein justified war, but the British government defended its decision in the face of criticism Friday.In an attempt to pre-empt the report's release, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Thursday that Saddam was plainly in breach of U.N. edicts.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British diplomats are lobbying the U.S. government in an attempt to delay visa requirements that could affect thousands of travelers later this year. Under the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program, all visitors with passports issued after Oct. 26 will be required to have biometric information encoded on their travel documents to qualify for visa-free entry into the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A four-year, large-scale study of genetically modified crops has found use of the plants had a mixed effect on the local environment, according to results published by the British government on Thursday.Trial plantings of sugar beets and oil seed rape led to declines in local wildlife, including birds and insects, according to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). But trials of GM corn actually boosted the local environment.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Updates with BBC reaction, resignation of chairman)London (CNSNews.com) - A judge investigating the death of a British weapons expert largely cleared the government of wrongdoing in a final report issued Wednesday, but he criticized a British Broadcasting Corp. reporter and his supervisors. Senior judge Lord Hutton called several allegations reported by the BBC "unfounded" and described some editorial procedures as "defective."After the report was released, BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies announced his resignation.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The head of Britain's Conservative Party will face a vote of confidence after weeks of speculation culminated Tuesday in legislators calling his leadership into question.Iain Duncan Smith has been hurt by party infighting and the perception that he hasn't been able to capitalize on some of Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent misfortunes. The vote was triggered when 25 Conservative lawmakers requested a confidence poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A top U.K. Ministry of Defense official recommended against making a government weapons adviser testify in front of a House of Commons committee, an inquiry into the death of David Kelly heard Wednesday. Kelly, a former U.N. weapons inspector and one of Britain's leading experts on weapons of mass destruction, was found dead from an apparent suicide last month.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British agency that regulates fertility issues announced Wednesday that it would recommend keeping a ban on parents who want to choose the sex of their child for reasons other than avoiding serious genetic disorders.The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) also suggested that sperm sorting, a relatively inefficient way to attempt to choose the sex of a child, should be regulated.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Police in Britain have called for debate on the possibility of collecting genetic codes from every U.K. resident. The information would be stored in a database as a means to fight crime, but civil liberties groups are opposed to the idea.Kevin Morris, chairman of the Police Superintendents' Association, proposed the idea in a speech at the group's annual conference on Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A Church of England official won a ruling in front of Britain's High Court on Monday that will allow her to challenge a police decision not to prosecute doctors who carried out a late-term abortion because the child had a cleft palate.The Rev. Joanna Jepson, speaking outside the court after the ruling, said she was "very thankful" that the case would be allowed to go to trial.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British farmer who was facing a High Court showdown with a burglar he shot and wounded has agreed to a deal that will result in the dismissal of all legal action.Tony Martin, who became a figurehead for self-defense advocates after the shooting in 1999, agreed to drop a suit against 33-year-old Brendan Fearon.Fearon in turn agreed to end a suit claiming damages stemming from the shooting, Martin's supporters said Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Iraqi exile groups in Britain have welcomed the capture of Saddam Hussein and tentative coalition plans to allow him to be tried in front of an Iraqi tribunal.Ali al-Bayati, the London head of the Iran-backed Shi'ite Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), said his group would support an all-Iraqi panel of judges.Al-Bayati said that Saddam's fate -- and the possibility that the former dictator could face the death penalty -- should rest with an independent court.