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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...

2006-07-27 09:25:49

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - The United States denied on Thursday that it had broken British air transport procedures after London complained about U.S. flights through a Scottish airport taking bombs to Israel. A newspaper said Britain had agreed to allow Washington to fly more weapons to Israel via its airports despite Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett saying she was "not happy" about Washington failing to comply with procedures for such flights. The Israel-bound arms...

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...

2006-07-25 05:16:32

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia called for a ceasefire in the Middle East on Tuesday and urged the world to focus on the plight of the Lebanese people. "We both agree the real solution is to have Lebanon come back to its sovereignty and its territorial integrity but for that to happen there is a necessary first step which is a ceasefire to stop the carnage," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters after talks in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "It...

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...

2006-07-24 09:15:58

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain hopes a peace plan will emerge for Lebanon within days that could lead to a cessation of hostilities, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday. "There have been as you might expect over the past few days enormous diplomatic efforts to get us to the point where I hope at some point within the next few days we can say very clearly what our plan is to bring about an immediate cessation of hostilities," Blair said during a news conference with Iraqi...

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...

2006-07-18 08:25:00

By Adrian Croft LONDON -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair was roundly mocked as a U.S. poodle on Tuesday after an off-the-cuff chat with President George W. Bush was accidentally broadcast. Bush and Blair enjoyed a gossip over lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg on Monday, unaware that a microphone in front of them was switched on and their words would be relayed around the world. Breaking with diplomatic formalities, Bush hailed Blair, his closest European ally, with the...

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...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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