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Tony Blair’s ex-roommate shut down inquest into death of David Kelly: report

UK may reopen inquest into death of Iraq whistleblower Britain’s attorney general may finally allow a full inquest into the death of David Kelly, a weapons inspector who died under suspicious circumstances shortly after being identified as the source of a leak that embarrassed the British government ahead of the…

Files say David Kelly wasn’t murdered, but doubts still abound

The British whistleblower who was behind revelations that the UK government had “sexed up” a dossier on Iraq before the 2003 invasion did indeed commit suicide, say newly-released medical reports. But at least some of the doctors who have called for a full inquiry are skeptical of the results, arguing…

UN rights council: ‘Clear evidence’ against Israel in flotilla raid

GENEVA — A UN probe said Wednesday there was “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willful killing” and torture committed when its troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May. In a scathing report, it also threw out Israel’s argument that activists on the aid ship were violent…

British Attorney General moves toward re-opening investigation into mysterious death of Iraq weapons inspector

The United Kingdom’s top law enforcement official has taken possession of secret files surrounding the death of a prominent WMD researcher who was found dead in the months after the invasion of Iraq. David Kelly, once employed by the British Defense Ministry, was a former UN weapons inspector who had…

White House: US to support UN inquiry in Myanmar

US to support UN inquiry of human rights abuses, war crimes in Myanmar The Obama administration has decided to support the creation of a United Nations commission to look into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Myanmar. The White House said in a statement Wednesday that it believes…

Justice gives AZ sheriff deadline in civil rights probe

The Justice Department says an Arizona sheriff known for his efforts against illegal immigrants has refused to cooperate with a civil rights investigation and the department is threatening to sue. Since March 2009, the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in Phoenix for alleged…

UK diplomat: ‘Deep state’ bureaucracy blocking Iraq inquiry

Former KGB spy claims evidence that whistleblower David Kelly didn’t commit suicide Britain’s public inquiry into the country’s instrumental role in the Iraq invasion is being thwarted by “deep state” bureaucrats who are intimidating witnesses and withholding documents, says a former Iraq expert for the UK government. In a column…

Iraq war raised UK terror threat: ex-MI5 spy chief

Iraq posed little threat to Britain just before the 2003 war — but the danger of extremist attacks surged following the conflict, the ex-head of domestic security service MI5 told an inquiry Tuesday. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, chief of the intelligence agency from 2002 to 2007, also dismissed any connection between…

Iraq war raised UK terror threat: ex-MI5 spy chief

LONDON — Iraq posed little threat to Britain just before the 2003 war — but the danger of extremist attacks surged following the conflict, the ex-head of domestic security service MI5 told an inquiry Tuesday. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, chief of the intelligence agency from 2002 to 2007, also dismissed any…

US senators call on BP to freeze projects in Libya

WASHINGTON — A group of US senators called Wednesday on BP to freeze projects in Libya until claims that the British firm pushed for the release of the Lockerbie bomber can be investigated. On Tuesday, the four senators called for an inquiry into allegations that BP lobbied the British government…

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