21 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





Anger as Tony Blair admits regrets over Iraq

Tony Blair was barracked today as he expressed regret for the loss of life in the Iraq War.

   The former prime minister told the official inquiry into the conflict that he regretted “deeply and profoundly” the deaths of British troops and Iraqi civilians.

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 Members of the audience watching him give evidence jeered at his comments, with one person shouting: “It’s too late.”

 Mr Blair sparked anger among the families of the 179 UK personnel killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2009 when he insisted he had no regrets about the war at the end of his first appearance before the inquiry last year.


Protests hit Tunisia amid mourning
Crowd demonstrates in front of the interior ministry, seeking the dissolution of the new interim government.

Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 12:09 GMT


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Blair reveals Iraq pledge to Bush
Former UK PM tells Iraq war inquiry that he told US president “you can count on us” eight months before 2003 invasion.

Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 13:45 GMT


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At home with Mr Putin

By Neave Barker on January 21st, 2011

RUleaks claims to be Russia’s answer to WikiLeaks. It launched this week with the publication of pictures purported to be a $1bn mansion of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister.


Last year was second hottest on record, say scientists

 By Steve Connor, Science Editor, Friday, 21 January 2011

According to Met Office scientists the world is continuing to get warmer
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 According to Met Office scientists the world is continuing to get warmer

In Britain it ended in freezing temperatures and weeks of snow and ice. Globally, though, 2010 was still the second warmest year on record, according to Met Office scientists who yesterday reaffirmed that the world is continuing to get warmer. 

Preliminary data gathered from thousands of weather stations, ships and buoys stationed across the world show that 2010 was second only to 1998 in terms of global average temperatures and that nine out of the 10 hottest years on record have now occurred between 2001 and 2010.


Israel’s top soldier faces ‘land grab’ investigation

A Government watchdog investigation into an alleged land grab by Israel’s incoming military chief could threaten the appointment of the decorated general, a justice official said. **************************************

Tunisia begins 3 days of mourning

Tunisians protest outside the former ruling party's headquarters

Flags lowered and recitations from Qur’an played on Tunisia’s state television
China's president Hu Jintao
Congress unhappy as Hu took only two questions on human rights and trade before heading off to a meeting with senior senators 



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