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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) - 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) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced reporters at his monthly press conference on Tuesday after a week of developments that have altered the makeup of his administration and opened up his government to criticism by the press.Last Thursday, Blair testified in front of the Hutton Inquiry, an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of British weapons expert David Kelly.
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 BBC journalist admitted making errors in live radio broadcasts but has stood by his reporting on a British dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs during a renewed round of questioning Wednesday.The testimony of BBC defense correspondent Andrew Gilligan came during the inquiry into the apparent suicide of government weapons expert David Kelly.
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) - Fuel protesters who paralyzed Britain three years ago have promised further demonstrations in response to a tax increase that will go into effect Wednesday. The People's Fuel Lobby, one of a loose network of groups that sprang up before the September 2000 protests, urged motorists to stop what they are doing for 60 seconds during rush hour on Wednesday morning.
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) - 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) - 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 lawmaker who urged British troops to disobey orders in Iraq has been kicked out of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party.George Galloway, a member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow, faced a series of charges in front of a party panel, all of which were related to statements he made against the war.In a two-day hearing that ended Thursday, Galloway was also accused of urging neighboring Arab countries to help Iraq and encouraging voters to reject pro-war Labor MPs.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A terrorist attack on Britain by Islamic militants is inevitable, the chief of London's police force said Tuesday in comments backed up by the city's mayor.Speaking to a press conference, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said that terrorists have already been caught trying to attack London since the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. "Since Sept. 11 there have been 520 arrests, half have been charged with an offense and there are 90 about to go through to court," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The European Union will impose trade sanctions on American goods from next March in an effort to get the U.S. government to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling.The sanctions could hit a huge range of goods, including farm products, wood, metals, glass, electrical goods, toys, nuclear reactors and machinery.At the heart of the transatlantic trade dispute is a U.S. law that allows companies to claim tax breaks of up to 30 percent if they create international subsidiaries known as foreign sales corporations (FSCs).
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's defense secretary has ordered a review of the number of U.K. soldiers stationed in Iraq in light of several recent attacks on coalition forces and an unsettling security situation inside the country. The review comes as U.S. officials are attempting to reach an agreement at the United Nations that would provide for more international troops in Iraq. A Ministry of Defense spokeswoman said Thursday that the British commitment in Iraq is kept under "constant review."