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Tai Chi improves mental health in elderly: study

A review of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on to Tai Chi as a way of improving mental health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art. British and South Korean researchers looked at 35 assessments of Tai Chi found in English-language, Chinese…

Tony Blair: Mubarak is a ‘force for good’

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still has a few friends in high places. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair explained Tuesday that the embattled Egyptian president was “immensely courageous and a force for good.” Appearing on CNN, Blair praised Mubarak’s role in brokering peace between Israel and Palestine. The former prime…

New airline IAG worth $9.7 bln on market debut

International Airlines Group, formed via the merger of British Airways and Iberia of Spain, made its stock market debut on Monday at a valuation of £6.1 billion (7.2 billion euros, $9.7 billion). IAG’s shares opened at 288.10 pence on the London FTSE 100, before slipping slightly to 284.9 pence in…

British PM demands release of Blair’s secret letters to Bush on Iraq war

It appears the British are much harder on their former leaders than Americans. Amid an inquiry into the 2003 military invasion of Iraq, David Cameron, the sitting British Prime Minister, called for public pressure on former Prime Minister Tony Blair over his refusal to release letters sent to US President…

British media scrambles to prevent Murdoch takeover of Sky Broadcasting

UK’s largest newspaper publisher, television network may soon be under one roof An unprecedented coalition of British media outlets have banded together in recent weeks, insisting the government intervene in a planned buyout of British Sky Broadcasting by Australian-American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, owner of Fox News Channel parent…

Former British PM Tony Blair ‘desperately sorry’ for ‘lives cut short’ in Iraq

Bush’s UK war-planning partner still insists war of aggression was justified Former British prime minister Tony Blair said he was “desperately sorry” over the deaths in the Iraq war, in extracts released Tuesday from his memoirs. Blair said he was “sorry for the lives cut short”, but maintained it was…

‘We’ll sue you if you take beach oil’: Fake Twitter account bites into BP

WASHINGTON — The Twitter account claims to be that of British Petroleum’s public relations department but the messages are a little bit, well, odd for a company battling a massive oil spill. “Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of…

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