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Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

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Anthony Seldon: He saw Iraqis suffering, and believed it was his duty to help them

I think Tony Blair is feeling very frustrated that he is not able to get any voice for himself. He is trying to get his own view out there, his own convictions about the war in Iraq. Everyone tends to rewrite history and he is not having the opportunity to say what the real version of events was.

UK and US talked of toppling Saddam in 2001

Head of MI6 tells Iraq inquiry regime change was goal without military action

Muslim woman says she was abused by hotelier

A disabled woman who recently converted to Islam was subjected to an hour long tirade of religiously aggravated abuse by the Christian owners of a bed and breakfast hotel after she appeared dressed in the hijab, a court heard today.

Saddam options 'discussed a year before Iraq war'

British officials privately discussed the prospect of "regime change" in Iraq in late 2001 - more than a year before the invasion - the Iraq War inquiry was told today.

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Kurdish voters rebel against corrupt elite

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Question Time: Louise Minchin

Work: A presenter on the BBC News channel. She is taking part in Around the World in 80 Days, a Children in Need challenge.

Life: Married to gastropub owner David. Daughters: Mia, eight, and Scarlett, four.

Balance: Cycling.

US cuts troop numbers in Iraq by two brigades

The United States will reduce the number of combat brigades in Iraq from 14 to 12 , totalling about 12,000 troops, in the next six months, the US military said, a step in President Barack Obama's plan to end combat operations by August, 2010.

Iraqi shoe thrower 'beaten in custody'

Iraqi protests spread as reporter faces court over act of 'aggression' against Bush

Dan Tench: UK courts offer a warm welcome

The recent criticism of the UK's libel law by the United Nations sounds particular alarm. This criticism is perhaps not surprising given that, despite various liberalising innovations in our law over the past 20 years, our courts still represent an unduly attractive forum for libel claimants around the world to bring their actions.

SAS dead named in landmark decision

Plans to keep the identities of SAS fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan secret were in tatters last night, following a coroner's landmark decision to allow the naming of two troopers killed in a Puma helicopter crash in Iraq in November 2007.

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