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Israel releases Palestinian funds
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Israel has begun releasing tens of millions of dollars in tax funds that it has withheld from the Palestinian Authority during a 17-month boycott. The first transfer was made on Sunday but the initial amount was unclear. The move follows the dissolution of a Palestinian national unity government that was led by the Hamas group, which refuses to recognise Israel. PA President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the government after Hamas routed his Fatah movement in Gaza. Israel has pledged to support th ...


Woodward looks ahead to next step
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's priority for Northern Ireland is the devolution of policing and justice, new NI Secretary Shaun Woodward has said. At last October's St Andrew's talks, May 2008 was set as the target date for the transfer of these powers. Mr Woodward said Mr Brown had been closely involved with Northern Ireland affairs as chancellor for many years. "It means now he has the opportunity to engage himself in making sure the next stage of devolution happens," he said. Mr Woodward ...


Terrorist suspects 'not Scottish'
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Two men arrested in Scotland in connection with the Glasgow Airport attack are not "home-grown terrorists", Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said. His comments followed searches of a number of homes in Neuk Crescent, Houston, Renfrewshire. Mr MacAskill said the suspects were not "born or bred" here but had lived in Scotland for a "period of time". "For any suggestion to be made that they are home-grown terrorists is just not true," he added. The airport, meanwhile, is operating a phased reo ...


England stubs out smoking
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - England slammed the door on smoking in bars, workplaces and public buildings on Sunday in what campaigners hail as the biggest boost to public health since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. The chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said there would be teething problems with the change, but he expected people to comply with the new law. He tol ...


Police seal off houses after airport attack
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Graff GLASGOW (Reuters) - Police searched houses near Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, on Sunday after what they said was a terrorist attack on its airport linked to two failed car bombings in London. Police in white body suits focused on one house a five-minute drive from Glasgow's airport, where neighbours said two Asian men had moved in about a month ago. Forensic experts sifted for c ...


US to reinforce airport security
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Security is to be tightened at US airports following an incident at Glasgow airport and a bomb alert in London, the White House has said. Spokesman Tony Snow said there was no indication of a specific threat to the US, and no change to the country's overall security level. But he said the security presence at airports would be reinforced for the sake of vigilance. Travellers are being told the measures could cause some delays. On Saturday, a blazing car was driven into the main terminal b ...


Man charged over schoolboy death
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A man has been charged with the murder of schoolboy Martin Dinnegan, who was stabbed to death in north London. The 14-year-old was stabbed in the chest following an argument with a group of up to 20 youths in Islington. Sean Clarke, 20, from Holloway, north London, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with his murder. A 15-year-old boy from Islington appeared at the same court on Saturday also charged with murder. Another 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old male  ...


China finds secret tomb chamber
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A mysterious underground chamber has been found inside the Chinese imperial tomb guarded by the famous Terracotta Army, Chinese archaeologists say. Historical records describing the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor, do not mention the room which is 30 metres (98 feet) deep. The unopened chamber was found at the site near the old imperial capital of Xian using remote sensing technology. One expert says it may have been built for the soul of the emperor. More than 2,000 years old,  ...


Flood fears ease as rivers fall
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Fears of further flooding across the UK are easing with river levels starting to fall, the Environment Agency says. A spokesman said the situation was "improving" but people needed to remain vigilant, with more rainfall predicted over the next few days. Forecasters said up to 20mm (0.8in) of rain could fall in parts of England and Wales, with possible localised floods. The Met Office issued severe weather warnings of heavy rain for the whole of England and Wales until Tuesday. Rivers stabi ...


Woman flees after gunpoint ordeal
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A man has been arrested in connection with an incident in which a woman was threatened at gunpoint in south Belfast. The 26-year-old was forced into a car while walking along the Lisburn Road at about 0130 BST on Thursday. A man drove her around the surrounding streets for approximately 30 minutes and threatened her with a handgun. The woman was able to escape, uninjured, from the car in Ulsterville Avenue. However, she was badly shaken.


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