British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday sought to dispel views that he is an unquestioning ally of the United States and condemned growing anti-Americanism as a hindrance to closer global ties. Solving the world's problems needed an "active foreign policy of engagement, not isolation" between countries, the British Labour Party leader told lawmakers.
The sublime skills of George Best, who died in a London hospital on Friday aged 59, dazzled a generation and made him one of the world's first and foremost footballing superstars. But his exceptional talents -- or genius, according to some -- brought with it the self-destruction that often accompanies those blessed with a rare gift.
Cherie Booth, the high-profile wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was at the centre of a new controversy on Wednesday over a lucrative speaking tour of Australia in February. It is not the first time Booth -- who uses her maiden name in her professional life as a top lawyer and on personal engagements -- has raised a few eyebrows.