David Clarke
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/ 9 October 2007

Car bombs kill 22 in northern Iraq

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.

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/ 28 June 2007

Tutu: Mugabe needs face-saving options

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.

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/ 19 May 2007

Blair pays final visit to Iraq

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.

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/ 3 April 2007

UK says Iran row at critical stage

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.