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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, 8:15 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain this week began large-scale trials that could eventually lead to a compulsory identification card system. Government officials call it a key step in fighting terror, but civil liberties advocates and opposition politicians reject the idea.About 10,000 volunteers will test pilot ID cards that will include biometric data such as iris (eye) scans and fingerprints.
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, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Attacks on Jews in Europe have increased as violence in the Middle East has escalated, according to a report on anti-Semitism that European officials have refused to officially release. The research was commissioned by the European Union Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia and carried out by the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism at Berlin's Technical University after an upsurge in anti-Semitic violence in Europe in early 2002.
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
(1st add: Updates with reaction.)London (CNSNews.com) - As part of a crackdown on terrorism and other international crimes, Europe has agreed to share airplane passenger data with the U.S. government. It's a deal that has been months in the making.The agreement, which has been criticized by privacy activists, will require airlines to share personal data on all passengers arriving in the United States from European Union countries.
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 largest airline is prepared to accept sky marshals on its flights to the United States, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.Writing in the Financial Times newspaper, British Airways chief executive Rod Eddington said he believed that "guns and airplanes do not mix." "However, if security on a particular flight could be enhanced by the on-board presence of an armed police officer, we would accept that fact," Eddington wrote.
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 British government has proposed new laws that would consolidate anti-terror statutes, lower the burden of proof in terrorism cases and allow for secret proceedings in some circumstances. Home Secretary David Blunkett, the cabinet minister in charge of law and justice issues, announced the plans during a tour of India.Currently, British anti-terror law is based mostly on acts passed in 2000 and 2001, the latter in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - With the leader of Britain's Conservative Party removed from office on a no-confidence vote, media speculation was swirling Thursday about who might replace Iain Duncan Smith.Most of the talk was centered on the only officially declared candidate, the party's treasury spokesman and former U.K. Home Secretary Michael Howard.
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
London (CNSNews.com) - Protests geared up in London in advance of President Bush's arrival in the British capital on Tuesday, while an opinion poll indicated that larger public opinion in the country is pro-American.About 14,000 police officers will be on the streets this week in one of Britain's biggest-ever security operations.The president and first lady will be staying as guests of the queen at Buckingham Palace from Tuesday evening until Friday. Meetings in London will be followed by a trip to Prime Minister Tony Blair's home district in northern England.
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) - 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) - A Church of England cleric who won the first stage of her battle to challenge an interpretation of Britain's late-term abortion laws has said her campaign has garnered wide public support.The Rev. Joanna Jepson is taking action against a local police department for failing to prosecute doctors who carried out the abortion of a baby who was at risk of being born with a cleft palate.
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.