Friday, 28 May 2010

Iraq inquiry quiz for US officials

Senior US officials and military officers have been interviewed for the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.

Members of the independent Iraq Inquiry Committee spoke to key players including Paul Bremer - who administrated the country as George Bush's "vice-consul" from 2003-04 - during a series of meetings in Washington and Boston last week.

Others questioned included the former US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and the leaders of the Iraq Survey Group which conducted a fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction in the aftermath of the 2003 war, David Kay and Charles Duelfer.


Bullies jailed for firework death

Three teenagers who killed a woman by pushing a firework through her letterbox following a string of bullying attacks on her son have been jailed.

Mary Fox, 59, died in the fire in Bodmin, Cornwall on Bonfire Night last year after the Silver Dart was thrust inside to "frighten" the family as part of a prank aimed at her son Raum, then 17, who escaped through a window of the blazing council home in Wallace Road.


Peerage for Prescott and Paisley

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott, ex-Tory leader Michael Howard and former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley are among more than 50 senior figures who have been elevated to the House of Lords.

Children's television presenter Floella Benjamin is being made a Liberal Democrat peer, while Sue Nye, a key adviser to Gordon Brown, will join for the Labour Party.



P.S. I despair.

East Europeans face deportation in London rough sleeping crackdown

Eastern Europeans who sleep rough on the streets of central London could be deported in a clampdown on anti-social behaviour today.

Migrants from rough sleeping “hot spots” around Westminster and Victoria are being targeted after council chiefs said they had received “repeated complaints” from residents.

If the sleepers cannot prove they are seeking work they will be referred to the UK Border Agency for deportation. More....

Saudi prince in court over death of servant

A Saudi prince appeared in court today to deny murdering a servant in a five-star London hotel.

Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir bin Abdulaziz al Saud, 33, is accused of beating 32-year-old Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone.

The multi-millionaire also denied inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on his servant on January 22, three weeks before the killing.

Al Saud spoke only to confirm his name and enter his not guilty pleas on both counts at the High Court. Mr Justice Bean remanded him in custody until his trial on 4 October at the Old Bailey.


Apple iPad goes on sale in UK after shoppers queue overnight

Massive queues formed outside Apple's flagship store today as hundreds vied to get their hands on the latest must-have gadget - the iPad.

The queues of technophiles snaked down Regent Street in central London from yesterday afternoon for the touch-screen tablet-style computer.

Exhausted but "elated" Jake Lee, 17, from Theydon Bois, Essex, was first in the queue, having arrived at midday yesterday with three friends.


Prisoner who cut off ear in escape bid is recaptured



Michael O'Donnell, 29, from Salford, Greater Manchester, sliced off his ear while in his cell at Forest Bank Prison in the early hours of May 2.

An ambulance was called to take him from the prison in Salford to the nearby Hope Hospital, but it was ambushed on the way.  More.....

Mother traced after dead baby found in bin

Detectives investigating the discovery of a baby's body at a railway station have traced the mother of the child.

A teenage girl has come forward and is now receiving treatment, Hampshire police said.

The white baby girl was found wrapped in a plastic bag inside a bin by a cleaner at the front of Fleet station in Hampshire on Wednesday.


Friends mourn boy, 12, drowned jumping in the Thames to cool off

Friends have paid tribute to a schoolboy who died after jumping into a deepwater Thames dock to cool off on one of the hottest days of the year.

Kafi Ibrahim, 12, from Deptford, is believed to have drowned while swimming with friends at Rainbow Quay in Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe. He was a Year 8 pupil at Prendergast-Ladywell Fields College, formerly known as Crofton School, in Brockley.


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