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2006-07-28 02:09:33

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure to distance himself from his ally the United States over the Middle East as he headed for talks with President Bush in Washington on Friday. As he did during the Iraq war, Blair has sided squarely with Washington over the conflict between Israel and Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas, putting himself at odds with Arab nations and European allies by refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire....

2006-07-27 17:06:31

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure to distance himself from his ally the United States over the Middle East as he headed for talks with President Bush in Washington on Friday. As he did during the Iraq war, Blair has sided squarely with Washington over the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, putting himself at odds with Arab nations and European allies by refusing to call for an immediate ceasefire. Blair has...

2006-07-26 06:01:00

By BOB ROBERTS TONY Blair is today expected to announce the start of a shift away from the NHS's role in a "nanny state". A senior Downing Street source said the PM's message will be that people should take responsibility for their lifestyles. If not, he will warn, health systems in the future will be unable to cope with rising demand caused by obesity, drinking and smoking. The source said the speech would mark a change of emphasis away from nanny-style lectures on what to eat and...

2006-07-24 11:17:48

By Katherine Baldwin and Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain hopes a peace plan for Lebanon can emerge within days that could lead to a ceasefire, but only after details are worked out for an international force, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday. His spokesman suggested progress could be made at a conference in Rome on Wednesday. Blair has been under political pressure at home for joining President Bush as the only top Western leaders not to publicly call for an...

2006-07-24 10:26:01

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Britain hopes a peace plan for Lebanon can emerge within days that could lead to a ceasefire, but only after details are worked out for an international force, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday. Blair has been under political pressure at home for joining President Bush as the only top Western leaders not to publicly call for an immediate ceasefire. Blair said that did not mean he was indifferent to the deaths of civilians, but that a...

2006-07-21 08:47:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who have a difference of opinion about a multilateral force for southern Lebanon, will next week hold their second face-to-face talks this month. Bush and Blair have been strong allies on the Iraq war and many other foreign policy challenges. But Bush has yet to sign on to Blair's call for deploying an international security and monitoring presence along the border of Lebanon and Israel. In a...

2006-07-17 15:30:00

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying on Monday Syria should press Hizbollah to "stop doing this shit" as they discussed the upsurge in violence in the Middle East. Bush was talking privately to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg. Neither immediately realized a microphone was transmitting their candid thoughts on the Middle East and other issues. "I think Condi (Secretary of State...

2006-07-12 13:33:11

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Lord Levy, the chief fundraiser for Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party, was arrested on Wednesday by police probing allegations that state awards had been given in return for cash. The "cash-for-favors" row has dented Blair's standing in opinion polls and sparked calls for his resignation. The arrest of Blair's Middle East envoy, close friend and tennis partner makes the prime minister's position even more precarious. Levy, who denied any...

2006-07-12 12:07:24

LONDON (Reuters) - Lord Levy, the chief fundraiser for Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party, has been arrested by police probing allegations state awards had been given in return for cash, according to media reports on Wednesday. The "cash-for-favors" row has dented Blair's standing in opinion polls and sparked calls for his resignation. The reported arrest of Blair's close friend and tennis partner will make the prime minister's position even more precarious. A police spokesman...

2006-06-27 05:29:10

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced a new challenge to his authority on Tuesday when a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his "sense of purpose and direction." The outburst by Charles Clarke, a former Blair ally, heightened a sense of division and infighting within the Labor Party after nine years in power which has sent its popularity plunging. Blair, who led Labor to an unprecedented third straight election victory last...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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