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Camilla pulls out of Diana service
26 Aug 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - The wife of Prince Charles said on Sunday she had decided not to attend a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said she did not want to distract attention from the commemoration of Diana's life. Charles's former mistress is blamed by many for breaking up his marriage to Diana. One of D ...

Iraq police block militia as UK troops quit centre
26 Aug 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi police thwarted an attempt by Shi'ite militiamen to occupy a joint command centre in the southern city of Basra from which British troops withdrew overnight, a police spokesman said on Sunday. Britain, which has been responsible for security in Basra since it joined the United States in invading Iraq in 2003, has begun withdrawing this year and is expected to pull its ...

Storms leave troubles for Midwest
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Tens of thousands of people in the US Midwest remain without power following heavy storms, while floodwaters in some areas are still rising. Skies cleared over Chicago as the storms moved east and south, while tornado warnings were issued for parts of Ohio. Storms have battered US states from Minnesota down to Ohio in the last week or so, killing at least 17 people. The weather has eased but many problems still remain for residents. More than 650,000 customers in Illinois lost their power su ...

Massa wins as Hamilton lead cut
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Lewis Hamilton's championship lead was cut to five points by McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso after the Englishman suffered a late puncture in Turkey. Hamilton was on course for third place behind the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen when his right-front tyre fell apart with 15 laps to go. The drama enabled Alonso to slip by into third place and left Hamilton in fifth behind BMW's Nick Heidfeld. His car damaged by the puncture, Hamilton was not able to fight back.  ...

Floods strand Romania villagers
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

At least 1,400 villagers have been stranded in northern Romania amid heavy rains that caused rivers to overflow. The 17th-Century Sambata de Sus monastery was evacuated in the floods, which also cut power to 130 villages in the north and east of the country. Six of Romania's 41 counties have been affected by the flooding, with authorities warning that seven more counties were in danger. The rai ...

Hope fades for trapped US miners
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Rescuers have failed to find six US miners missing since a tunnel collapsed two weeks ago after a sixth rescue bid, a lawyer for the miners' families says. The latest hole drilled to reach the miners opened on an area too small for the men to survive in. Owners of the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah have not ruled out drilling a seventh hole, lawyer Colin King said. No contact has been made with the trapped miners since a tunnel collapsed 1,500ft (457m) underground on 6 August. 'No space' Mr K ...

BBC Three 'safe' in budget cuts
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The BBC's head of TV has rejected calls to close BBC Three in order to solve the corporation's financial problems. All areas of the BBC are facing budget cuts after the broadcaster did not get the licence fee increase it wanted. Conservative MP John Whittingdale and Panorama's John Sweeney suggested the digital channel should be shut to safeguard quality in other areas. But the BBC's Jana Bennett said working more efficiently across the board was better than closing an entire channel. BBC Th ...

Troops withdraw from Basra base
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

British forces have withdrawn from a base in Basra they shared with Iraqi police - the first step in a plan to move out all troops based in the city. Another 500 troops will now pull back from Saddam Hussein's former palace, their only remaining base in the city. In future, British forces will be based at an air station just outside Basra. The MoD said Basra does not have the heavy fighting experienced in Baghdad and Iraqi forces are demonstrating that they can take the lead in the city. Co ...

Murder charges over gang attack
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Three people, including two teenagers, have been charged with murder after a man with learning difficulties was attacked by a gang. Brent Martin, 23, died in hospital after being found injured the Town End Farm estate in Sunderland on Thursday. A 21-year-old man and two youths, aged 16 and 17, will appear before Sunderland magistrates on Monday. A woman, aged 47, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and a youth, aged 17, were released on police bail. Mr Martin, described as vulnera ...

Rhys's brother visits his shrine
26 Aug 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The brother of murder victim Rhys Jones has made his first visit to the huge floral shrine that has been created where the 11-year-old was killed. Owen Jones, aged 17, was flanked by four friends as he left a large bouquet and an Everton football club rug. Ten people have been arrested over the killing - four have been bailed. There are six people in custody on suspicion of murder, four males, one aged 16, one aged 15 and two aged 19, plus two girls aged 15 and 18. Those who have been bailed ...

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