Boy admits raping sister, 8, after watching porn on Xbox

BLACKBURN, England, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A boy, 13, raped his sister, 8, after watching pornography on an Xbox game console, he admitted Wednesday in a Blackburn, England, court.

Financing death: Iran's 'War on Drugs'

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Last year I wrote an op-ed on Iran's bloody "war on drugs," which has led to hundreds of executions and sent thousands to death row.
MOSA ZAHED, UPI Outside View Commentator

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw leaving Parliament

LONDON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Jack Straw, who served as British foreign secretary during the invasion of Iraq, said Friday he is leaving Parliament after the next election.

Iran's nuclear program talks handicapped by lack of trust

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Western leaders have reason to be optimistic over Iran but there may be a trust deficit on both sides, a former British foreign secretary said.

We should not send mixed messages to Iran

BRUSSELS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- EU Member of Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki says this the worst time for the European Union to send a delegation to Iran.
RYSZARD CZARNECKI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Gadhafi's enemies tortured, HRW says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Testimony from former detainees, along with British and U.S. records, show the U.S. government tortured foes of Moammar Gadhafi, Human Rights Watch said.

London's Straw tied to Libyan rendition

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw may have to defend himself in court against claims he was involved in the torture of a Libyan, a law firm said.

British ex-official faces legal action over rendition

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A Libyan dissident has begun legal proceedings against former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, his lawyers said Wednesday.

Blair: No recall of Libyan's rendition

LONDON, April 11 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he has "no recollection" of the rendition of a Libyan dissident to the Moammar Gadhafi regime in 2004.

Big Ben may be renamed to honor queen

LONDON, March 24 (UPI) -- A group of British legislators want to rename one of London's most famous landmarks, Big Ben, to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

MP: Some Pakistanis target 'easy meat'

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A British member of Parliament stoked ethnic issues, telling The Daily Telegraph Pakistani men were capitalizing on white women as "easy meat" for sale.

Jack Straw: No ban on burkas in Britain

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Muslim women should be free to wear face-covering burkas and niqabs on British streets, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tuesday.
Straw to check Powell phone records

Straw to check Powell phone records

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says he will check records of his pre-Iraq invasion phone calls with then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

London deflects oil link to Lockerbie

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Jack Straw, the former British justice secretary, denied a Freedom of Information request from lawmakers examining links to the Lockerbie bomber and Libyan oil.

Witness contradicts Straw's Iraq testimony

LONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A former lawyer for the British Foreign Office gave testimony Tuesday contradicting Jack Straw's claim he was a reluctant backer of the Iraq invasion.
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Jack Straw
Jack Straw, the Ministry of Justice, arrives at No.10 Downing St. for the weekly cabinet meetings on May 5, 2009 in London. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's leadership is under pressure after a series of leaks from fellow ministers. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

John Whitaker Straw (born 3 August 1946) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn since 1979. He served as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001, Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 and Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons from 2006 to 2007 under Tony Blair. From 2007-2010 he was the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain and the Secretary of State for Justice, appointed as part of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's first Cabinet. Straw is one of only three people to have served in Cabinet continuously from 1997 to 2010 (the others being Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling).

When the Labour Party lost power in May 2010, he briefly became the Shadow Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and the Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, but stood down from the frontbench after the Labour Party elected a new Shadow Cabinet.

Straw was born in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England; one of his great-grandfathers was a German Jewish immigrant. Straw was brought up at Loughton, Essex by his mother, Joan Sylvia Gilbey on a council estate after his father Walter Arthur Whitaker Straw, an insurance salesman and the son of Arthur Whitaker Straw, left the family and condemned them to poverty. He was educated at Staples Road School, Loughton, and then boarded at Brentwood School, at that time a direct grant grammar school with largely LEA supported pupils, (where he was already expressing political ambitions and took the name "Jack", allegedly after the 14th century peasant leader Jack Straw—although "Jack" is a common diminutive of "John") and read law at the University of Leeds. While he was at Brentwood he opted out of the compulsory CCF (combined cadet force) on conscientious grounds.

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