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2006-07-28 16:56:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush apologized on Friday to British Prime Minister Tony Blair after Britain complained Washington had not followed correct procedures for sending bombs to Israel via a British airport, a British official said. Blair's spokesman told reporters traveling with Blair that Bush raised the issue briefly at the start of his meeting with Blair at the White House. "President Bush did apologize for the fact that proper procedures were not followed," the...

2006-07-28 04:52:01

By Adrian Croft ABOARD BLAIR'S PLANE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will push for a speedy U.N. resolution on the Middle East crisis and dispatch of a peacekeeping force when he meets President Bush in Washington on Friday. "We do need to step up a gear, we want to increase the urgency, the pace of diplomacy," a spokesman for Blair told reporters aboard his plane as he flew to the United States. "What we should be working toward is a U.N. resolution as early as...

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...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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