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Blair warns of ‘catastrophe’ if euro collapses

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair warned on Sunday that the collapse of the euro would be “catastrophic” and urged Europe to move fast to support the currency. Blair said European leaders faced “very difficult and painful” choices and a “long-term framework of credibility” was needed to see off…

Final push begins to head off Palestinian crisis

By Arshad Mohammed and Patrick Worsnip NEW YORK (Reuters) – A last-ditch international push began in New York on Sunday to try to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a crisis over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. Officials met two days after President Mahmoud Abbas said he would demand…

Malaysia’s Mahathir: 9/11 not work of Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR — The long-serving former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad says Arab Muslims are incapable of carrying out the 9/11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. The ageing firebrand, who was in power in Malaysia at the time of the attacks and stepped down in 2003…

Kadhafi’s son got doctoral thesis help from Tony Blair: report

Two of Moamer Kadhafi’s sons were invited to the headquarters of the SAS special forces unit as former prime minister Tony Blair tried to build ties with the Libyan regime, The Sunday Times reported. In the latest revelations from intelligence documents obtained by media and rights groups in Tripoli, the…

Former PM Blair says not a victim of phone hacking

Former prime minister Tony Blair Tuesday described phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as “despicable”, but said he did not believe it had happened to him. Blair, who was in power during the years much of the hacking allegedly took place, would not comment on whether 80-year-old Murdoch should…

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…

Former British PM Blair, who helped launch Iraq war, honored with peace medal, cash prize

Former prime minister Tony Blair has been named as the 2010 winner of US award the Liberty Medal for his “commitment to conflict resolution”, his office said Thursday. The National Constitution Center, which awards the medal, praised Blair for his efforts as prime minister from 1997 to 2007 in Northern…

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