Straw faces legal action over Libya claims

Libyan commander Abdel Hakim Belhaj takes legal action against former foreign secretary, alleging complicity in his tortureA former Libyan dissident who was abducted and flown to one of Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons in a so-called rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6 has started legal proceedings against Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary at […]
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David Cameron’s trip to Asia continues – but trouble is waiting for him at home

The prime minister is well-liked abroad, but domestic political rows continue to follow him as he continues his whistle-stop tourA familiar ritual played itself out for David Cameron in the humid heat of a Jakarta afternoon this week. A military band struck up the British national anthem as the prime minister stood to attention on […]
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Letters: Britain will continue to support Libya

David Davis and Ibrahim El Mayet were right to say Britain can and should help in Libya (Comment, 21 March). We are doing just that. The Libyan government is clear about the scale of the challenge to rebuild a state after 42 years of dictatorship and an internal conflict. While not dismissing the problems, we […]
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Alcohol pricing: politics under the influence | Editorial

The first thing that Britain – like any alcoholic – needs to do is face up to the problem and avoid denialModern Britain has a drink problem. We drink too much alcohol. We have too many alcohol-related health problems; and we suffer too much alcohol-related crime. Some 70% of adults drink every week, which may […]
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Libyan air campaign boosts MBDA order book

Arms firm generates €3bn of sales, thanks in part to RAF having to replenish stocks of Brimstone missilesThe arms company MBDA has reported a booming order book thanks partly to the Royal Air Force exhausting supplies of the firm’s Brimstone missiles during its campaign of air strikes in Libya last year.The company, which is jointly […]
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Libyan tribal leaders declare semi-autonomous eastern state

Ruling National Transitional Council in Tripoli rejects declaration in Benghazi of self-governing state of BarqaLibyan tribal leaders have unilaterally declared nearly half of the oil-rich east of the country to be semi-autonomous in a move that opponents fear is the first step towards a carve-up of Libya six months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.Thousands […]
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Defence cuts threaten ability to run concurrent campaigns, MPs say

Report warns that military would struggle to run Libya-level campaign in future while sustaining other commitmentsBritain would struggle to conduct another campaign like the one carried out in Libya and still sustain its other military commitments because of the impact of sweeping defence cuts, a parliamentary report has warned.The government also failed to reconcile the […]
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MI6 faces Libyan rendition inquiry

Criminal inquiry announced as DPP says there is not enough evidence to prosecute agents over Pakistan and Afghanistan allegationsScotland Yard has opened a criminal investigation into secret MI6 rendition operations that resulted in leading Libyan dissidents being abducted and flown to Tripoli where they were subsequently tortured in Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons.The announcement came as police […]
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Police to investigate MI6 over rendition and torture of Libyans

Criminal inquiry announced as DPP says there is not enough evidence to prosecute agents over Pakistan and Afghanistan allegationsScotland Yard has opened a criminal investigation into secret MI6 rendition operations that resulted in leading Libyan dissidents being abducted and flown to Tripoli where they were subsequently tortured in Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons.The announcement came as police […]
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Military Wives Choir sing for personnel returning from Libya

Military Wives Choir sing for personnel returning from Libya A choir composed of military wives from Plymouth and North Devon, led by choirmaster Gareth Malone has performed carols for armed service personnel arriving for a Downing Street reception with Prime Minister David Cameron. The Prime Minister praised the servicemen and women for their courage and professionalism in Libya: “I don’t think there’s any party […]
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