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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) - A top British government official has demanded a security review after two peace protesters were able to evade guards, scale the Houses of Parliament and drape a banner over the face of Big Ben. Two brothers, Harry and Simon Westaway, sponsored by environmental group Greenpeace, made the climb in advance of a demonstration marking the one-year anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq on Saturday.The brothers started by crossing over from a nearby bridge early on Saturday morning and then scaling a perimeter fence, Greenpeace said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Faced with statistics that show gun crime is on the rise, a group of British lawmakers has said that more police officers should be issued firearms.While crimes involving guns are comparatively rare in Britain, lawmakers from a cross-party study group said they "could become a serious problem" in a report released this week.The lawmakers also condemned the "glamorisation of gun use" and a swelling crack cocaine market in Britain's inner cities.
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."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An European agency responsible for monitoring racism has suppressed a report on anti-Semitism because it found that Muslims and pro-Palestinian groups were behind many of the incidents, an author of the study alleged Monday.The Vienna-based European Union Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) commissioned the report by the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at Berlin's Technical University after an upsurge in anti-Semitic violence in early 2002.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said in an interview Thursday that the British and U.S. governments used exaggeration and "spin" in presenting evidence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs.But the British government denied the claims, saying that the existence of banned weapons was a "matter of fact" and that allied troops on the ground only need more time to find them.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain will boost spending on military action in Afghanistan and Iraq by nearly $1.4 billion over the next two years, Chancellor (Treasury Secretary) Gordon Brown said Wednesday."I reported ... last week our resolve to ensure our armed forces are properly supported in all they do," he told the House of Commons during a semi-annual budget report. "The whole house will wish to thank them for the service they give in peace and in war."
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Two British women lost their court battle Wednesday to use frozen embryos in an attempt to get pregnant against the wishes of their ex-partners.The High Court in London ruled against Lorraine Hadley and Natallie Evans, both of whom underwent in-vitro fertilization treatment before the breakdown of their long-term relationships. Under British law, IVF embryos belong equally to sperm and egg donors.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British officials have backed up American assertions that a recently released audio tape from Osama bin Laden is genuine, and U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said that the al Qaeda leader is probably still alive. Straw said it was safe to assume that the tape, aired on al-Jazeera television, was made by the terrorist leader. "There is no question that the al Qaeda organisation and its networks are still around, I mean, that's palpable and so far as we know, Osama Bin Laden is still alive," Straw told BBC radio.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Anglican Church leaders from around the world will meet in London, starting Wednesday, in hopes of overcoming divisions stemming from the recent election of an openly homosexual bishop by the church's U.S. Episcopalian branch.Conservatives are looking for disciplinary action against the American church, while liberals are hoping for support for the appointment of Canon Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British parliamentarian has caused a furor by saying she would consider becoming a suicide bomber if she were a Palestinian living in the occupied territories. Jenny Tonge, an MP for the Liberal Democrats and the party's former spokeswoman on international development, made the comments during a speech in front of a pro-Palestinian group Wednesday night."This particular brand of terrorism, the suicide bomber, is truly born out of desperation," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An expected address by President Bush to the British Parliament next month is in doubt after two Green Party lawmakers in Australia heckled him during a speech earlier this week.Citing unnamed sources, the Times of London said a similar speech by Bush to Parliament in London would be "unlikely," although the U.S. embassy has said that the president's itinerary has yet to be finalized."His schedule has yet to be determined, and nothing has been decided yet," a spokeswoman said Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Opponents of a smoking ban in British pubs and restaurants Monday welcomed the publication of a tobacco industry-funded survey showing that a minority of the U.K. public are in favor of such a ban -- but anti-smoking campaigners called the poll "self-serving propaganda."The survey, funded by the Tobacco Manufacturer's Association (TMA), indicated that 17 percent of British adults are in favor of a ban on smoking in pubs and nightclubs.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The International Court of Justice has ruled against the United States in a dispute over the destruction of three Iranian oil platforms during the Iran-Iraq war, but the judges did not award any damages.American warships blew up the platforms in 1987 and 1988 in retaliation for attacks on U.S.-flagged shipping vessels.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A group of homosexual Christians has raised loud objections after a special service at an Anglican cathedral was canceled by church officials.In March, Manchester Cathedral agreed to allow the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LCGM) to hold a special service in conjunction with a conference the group is hosting in the northern England city. But this week, cathedral officials decided to reverse that decision, sparking an angry response from the group.