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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

Blair and Abbas meet in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair before heading to Cairo for an Arab League summit.

More claims settled in phone hacking case

LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A British actor and a member of Parliament are among the latest people to settle damage claims in Britain's phone-hacking scandal, court records indicate.
Palestinian protesters throw shoes at Ban Ki-moon

Palestinian protesters throw shoes at Ban Ki-moon

JERUSALEM, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other international leaders that Israel wants ongoing peace talks.
France's Sarkozy anticipates defeat

France's Sarkozy anticipates defeat

PARIS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he won't continue in politics if he loses his country's upcoming presidential election.

Blair aide admits to 'spy rock' episode

LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Jonathan Powell, who served as chief of staff for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said the story of a fake rock used to spy on Russia is true.

Ex-tabloid editor urges fines for lying

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The former editor of a British tabloid recommends the Press Complaints Commission fine any newspaper whose journalists lie to it.
Gordon Brown's e-mails said hacked in U.K.

Gordon Brown's e-mails said hacked in U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Britain say private investigators commissioned by national newspapers may have hacked e-mails sent and received by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Knox hires lawyer to pursue book deal

Knox hires lawyer to pursue book deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The American coed acquitted of killing her British roommate in Italy has hired an attorney to represent her in seeking a book deal, a family spokesman said.

Israel to release frozen Palestinian money

JERUSALEM, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Israel has agreed to transfer $100 million in tax and customs payments, after a monthlong freeze that threatened to collapse the Palestinian National Authority.
Where is compromise?

Where is compromise?

ZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Barring a miracle, the 12-member super committee of the United States Congress seems unlikely to agree a compromise deal this week to reduce the budget deficit.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

London's Iraq war inquiry report delayed

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A London inquiry examining the legality of the Iraq war said it needs another six months to release its report because of declassification issues.

Blair: U.K. needs to fix education disparities, higher ed costs

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that to curb growing higher education costs in the United Kingdom, leaders must work to eliminate disparities in education.
LAUREN CHOOLJIAN, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI

U.K. bans poppy-burning extremist group

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Britain is banning Muslims against Crusades, an extremist group that caused widespread outrage when it burned replica poppies, an almost sacrosanct symbol of remembrance for war dead since the early 20th century.
Obama's schedule for Monday, Oct. 31

Obama's schedule for Monday, Oct. 31

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- President Obama meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday, the White House said.

London lays out anti-torture policy

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The British government rolled out policies aimed at preventing torture, which it said deprives people of human dignity and leads to radicalization.
Mideast Quartet seeks to restart peace talks

Mideast Quartet seeks to restart peace talks

JERUSALEM, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Negotiators from the Mideast Quartet are trying to restart stalled peace negotiations by meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian representatives.

France's next leader?

PARIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be looking over his shoulder at Francois Hollande, the man with the best chance to replace him in next year's elections.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Cameron calls for reinvention

MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech to the Conservative Party conference, called on Britain to be tough but offered few specifics on economic recovery.
Blair defends his post as Mideast envoy

Blair defends his post as Mideast envoy

LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended his "jet set" lifestyle and his role as Middle East envoy.

Palestinians said to want Blair out

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tony Blair is biased toward Israel and should be removed as envoy for the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace brokers, Palestinian officials say.
Report: Blair made 6 trips to see Gadhafi

Report: Blair made 6 trips to see Gadhafi

LONDON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- After leaving office, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair held six meetings with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Zuma reopens probe into murky arms deal

PRETORIA, South Africa, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- South Africa's government has reopened a potentially explosive corruption investigation into a $4.8 billion arms deal in 1999 in which President Jacob Zuma, fighting for his political survival in a leadership battle, has been implicated.

Palestinians' U.N. bid draws reaction

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli, Palestinian and officials from other nations say they hope to avoid conflict as the Palestinians' leader seeks U.N. recognition of a Palestine state.

British government may change under new PM

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- The Liberal Democratic Party has called on Gordon Brown to move to reform Britain's government when he becomes the prime minister later this month. Sir Menzies Campbell, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, recently asked Brown to introduce politic
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