British Airways cancelled a fifth of flights from its new ,6-billion terminal five (T5) at Heathrow on Friday as the chaos from its shambolic opening spilled into a second day. The airline said it was dropping the short-haul flights to ''create more capacity'' as it tried to get back on top of the mess left by Thursday's opening.
Two suicide car bombs killed at least 22 people in northern Iraq on Tuesday in attacks targeting a police chief and a Sunni Arab tribal leader working with United States forces to fight al-Qaeda, police said. ''Look at this. Is this acceptable? Does God accept this?'' said a youth hold ing torn, blood-splattered pages of the Qu'ran.
South African Nobel peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe needed face-saving options for there to be a chance of him stepping aside. Tutu said the replacement of Tony Blair by Gordon Brown as prime minister of Britain, Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, could help the situation.
Britain's Tony Blair, on his last visit to Iraq as prime minister, said on Saturday he had no regrets about his part in the United States-led invasion that removed Saddam Hussein. On a farewell trip to a country whose future may define his legacy after a decade in power, Blair met Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.
Britain said on Tuesday the way was open for diplomacy to secure the release of 15 British sailors and marines seized by Iran in the Gulf, but the next 48 hours would be critical. The two countries have been at loggerheads since Iran seized the sailors on March 23 in the northern Gulf, but there have been few tangible signs of progress in the 12-day stand-off.
Prime Minister Tony Blair will on Wednesday announce a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq just as thousands of additional United States troops are arriving there to try to restore order in Baghdad. Blair will make his announcement on the troop pull-out to Parliament in the afternoon, a government source said.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged on Thursday to quit within a year, but declined to give an exact date to mutineers in his Labour Party who want a speedy change of leader to revive its fortunes. Blair's statement came in a tumultuous week that saw his authority crumbling in the face of party revolts after nearly a decade in power.