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UK Prime Minister announces torture inquiry

LONDON — The government unveiled details Tuesday of a judicial inquiry into claims its security services were complicit in the torture of suspected violent extremists after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that the probe, to be led by retired judge Sir…

EU voices concern over Egyptian blogger’s death

CAIRO (AFP) – The European Union on Monday expressed concern over the death of a 28-year-old man allegedly killed at the hands of Egyptian police, and called for an impartial inquiry into the matter. “The EU Heads of Mission express their concern about the circumstances of the death of Khaled…

As Blair blasts Iraq ‘conspiracy’ hunt, British officials eye Bush, aides

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants the public to believe that his motives in helping the United States invade Iraq were completely pure. The reasons for an inquiry into his government’s actions, he argued during a recent interview, stem merely from an “obsession” to uncover a grand “conspiracy” to…

Blair says no secret deal with Bush to invade Iraq

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there had been no “covert” deal with then US president George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, and robustly defended his decision to take Britain to war. Giving eagerly awaited evidence to a public inquiry into the conflict, he insisted…

Brown admits ‘mistake’ in not planning for Iraq invasion’s fallout

Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted Monday it had been a “mistake” to fail to prepare adequately for rebuilding Iraq following the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein. But speaking days before his predecessor Tony Blair testifies to Britain’s Iraq war inquiry, Brown — who will face the probe himself within weeks…

Details of Iraq whistleblower’s alleged suicide to be sealed 70 years

By 2080, anyone with a direct interest in learning how Dr. David Kelly died, will themselves be dead. That’s how an Oxford coroner reacted to a recent ruling ordering the details of the former United Nations weapons inspector’s death locked away for 70 years, according to a Mail Online report.…

Adviser trashes Blair over Iraq, calls him ‘sycophant’ to Washington

LONDON — One of Tony Blair’s most senior public servants launched a scathing attack Monday on the former prime minister over the Iraq war, accusing him of “sycophancy” towards Washington. The former top prosecutor Ken Macdonald issued the attack after Blair admitted on the weekend that the country would have…

Outraged Brits want Blair prosecuted for war crimes

Tony Blair’s admission that Britain would have backed the Iraq war even if he knew it did not have weapons of mass destruction sparked outrage Sunday and calls for his prosecution for war crimes. The former British prime minister, who backed the US-led invasion in 2003, told the BBC he…

Condi set sights on Iraq as 9/11 unfolded: UK diplomat

Not sure if Bush-Blair deal to invade Iraq was ‘signed in blood,’ former UK ambassador says; Iraq war inquiry could be a cover-up, critics claim A former British ambassador to the United States says then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice talked to him about Iraq and Saddam Hussein hours after the…

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