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A poisoned chalice in Paris

A poisoned chalice in Paris

PARIS, April 7 (UPI) -- There are three answers to the question: what should we expect from the new French government led by the former minister of the interior Manuel Valls.
Martin Walker

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, March 24, 2014.
By United Press International

Labor Party firebrand Tony Benn dies at age 88

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- Longtime British Labor Party leader and leftish lawmaker Tony Benn died at his home in London after a long illness Friday, his family said. He was 88.

Pressure on British former ministers intensifies in child sex policy

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- A former British cabinet minister tried to defend a policy lowering the age of consent in Britain in the 1970s to 10, a letter indicates.

Email reveals Tony Blair advised editor before phone-hacking arrest

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair advised the former editor of the News of the World before her arrest in a phone-hacking scandal, a court official says.
Blair: Religious extremism likely to fuel future conflicts

Blair: Religious extremism likely to fuel future conflicts

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Religious extremism, rather than political ideology, will be at the root of the conflicts of the 21st century, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says.

Abbas 'seeks $1B deal with Russia on Gaza natural gas field

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Moscow seeking to secure a $1 billion deal with Russia to develop a natural gas field off the Gaza Strip.

Blair turns down citizen's arrest at London steakhouse

LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A London steakhouse bartender quit his job after former Prime Minister Tony Blair declined his attempted citizen's arrest for taking Britain to war in Iraq.
Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon buried next to second wife

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried on his ranch near the Gaza border Monday in a military sendoff to one of Israel's most controversial leaders.

Ariel Sharon's casket in Knesset Plaza for public viewing

JERUSALEM, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was placed outside the Knesset Sunday for Israelis to pay their last respects, officials said.
Blair: Education can counter terrorist narrative

Blair: Education can counter terrorist narrative

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said access to an education is needed to counter dangerous religious narratives spreading across the Middle East.

Ex-Blair adviser says NSA leaks aren't very damaging

LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Britain's former lord chancellor said he's skeptical of whether the Edward Snowden leaks have caused the kind of damage intelligence leaders claim.
Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Myanmar Friday said it has released 69 political prisoners from more than 12 of its prisons nationwide.

Former P.M. John Major: State schools failing poor children

LONDON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister John Major, in a speech to Conservatives in Norfolk, said bad state schools are keeping poor children from moving ahead.

Friends: Former Ireland PM Bertie Ahern subjected to hate attacks

DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Friends of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern say he has been the target of abuse in recent weeks, including a physical attack at a Dublin pub.

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.

Gaza gas now a 'serious prospect.' says Tony Blair

GAZA, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The prospect of the impoverished Palestinian Authority finally being able to develop a natural gas field 20 miles off the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean coast, 13 years after it was discovered, is looking increasingly good amid U.S.-led efforts to bolster the Palestinian economy.

Merkel: The dark side

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The adulation and euphoria surrounding Angela Merkel's re-election success is getting out of hand. The curse of the third term now lies in wait.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Tony Blair's daughter uninjured after attempted robbery in London

LONDON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's daughter, Kathryn Blair, and her boyfriend were held up at gunpoint in an attempted robbery, police said.
Trials of Gadhafi son, spy chief, could expose secrets

Trials of Gadhafi son, spy chief, could expose secrets

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam and the late Libyan dictator's former intelligence chief are slated to stand trial Thursday on murder charges related to the country's 2011 civil war and it's likely that some of the ancien regime's darkest secrets may finally see the light of day.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
By United Press International

Commentary: Pivot to oblivion?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The debate was between the United States doing nothing in Syria and “standoff retaliation.”
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Critic: Prince Charles 'lobbying' British government

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A critic accused Prince Charles of lobbying the British government amid reports he has met frequently with Cabinet ministers.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
By United Press International

Brexit or Grexit

BERGERAC, France, July 29 (UPI) -- For the past two years, Europe has been gripped by the prospect of Grexit, a forced withdrawal by an impoverished Greece from the euro currency. Maybe Europe was looking in the wrong direction. Brexit, a voluntary British withdrawal, now seems ever more likely.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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