Iceland volcano eruption shuts main airport

Iceland has closed its main international airport after a volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.The airport and air traffic control operator Isavia said no flights were taking off or landing at Keflavik airport.A spokeswoman said the ash plume from the Grimsvotn volcano was covering Iceland, but […]

Tony Blair to give evidence in public in Iraq war inquiry

Tony Blair is set to give evidence in public to the Iraq war inquiry in the run-up to the next election, it was announced last night.Sir John Chilcot, who is chairing the inquiry, indicated yesterday that Blair and other government ministers would be asked to appear before his committee early in the new year.Some may […]

Strike Fear week challenges soldiers to be the best

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – After a series of challenges, two soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), emerged as winners in the battalion’s soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter competition June 21, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Known as “Strike Fear Week,” this competition […]

Observer and Guardian win anti-slavery media awards

Guardian and Observer reporters Annie Kelly and Mei-Ling McNamara have won the award for Best investigative article or broadcast news dealing with child trafficking at the Anti-slavery day media awards for their Observer article: 3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam. The Best investigative article dealing with forced labour and domestic servitude […]

Tom Cruise: Scientology is ‘a beautiful religion’

Tom Cruise has made a rare public comment about his belief in Scientology, saying it is “a beautiful religion”.At the London premiere of his new film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Lucrezia Millarini of ITV News asked Cruise about a new documentary on the religion by Louis Theroux, My Scientology Movie.Cruise replied in general terms. […]

US puts climate debate on hold for five weeks despite plea by Merkel

International negotiators lost one of the key elements to a successful deal on global warming today after Democratic leaders in the US Congress ruled out passing a climate change law before 2010. In the latest obstacle on the road to the UN summit in Copenhagen next month, Senate leaders ordered a five-week pause to review […]

MEPs criticise ‘disproportionate’ use of European arrest warrants

In April, the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, warned that crossborder pursuits of bicycle thieves, piglet rustlers and those accused of trivial offences was damaging the authority of the European arrest warrant (EAW).This week it was the turn of MEPs to voice their alarm – or appreciation – of the accelerated system of extradition that […]

Shark kills bodyboarder in Australia

A bodyboarder has died after a shark bit off his legs at a popular surfing spot in Western Australia. Authorities were reportedly searching for the shark as well as the man’s missing limbs.The man in his early 20s was bodyboarding with five friends when the shark attacked, a police spokesman said.He died at the scene […]

London 2012 organisers apologise for North Korea flag blunder

London 2012 organisers have apologised and blamed human error for Wednesday’s flag mix-up when South Korea’s flag appeared alongside North Korea’s women’s football team on stadium screens as players warmed up before their opening match.The team left the pitch in protest at the blunder and initially refused to play but the game with Colombia at […]

Brad Pitt: FBI evaluating whether to investigate airplane incident

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said it is deciding whether to pursue and investigate an alleged incident regarding the actor Brad Pitt and his children while travelling on a private jet.Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: a marriage that started – and ended – on screen Read moreThe FBI told Variety on Thursday it was […]

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