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UK report on Iraq war to be published on 6 July

Sir John ChilcotSir John Chilcot’s long-awaited report into the Iraq war will be published on 6 July, an inquiry spokesman has said.

Security checks on the 2.6m-word report have been completed without the need for any redactions. The date of publication was agreed by the inquiry’s head, Sir John Chilcot, and David Cameron.

In a letter to the prime minister, Chilcot said: “National security checking of the inquiry’s report has now been completed, without the need for any redactions to appear in the text. I am grateful for the speed with which it was accomplished.”

TVNL Comment: .....and the US investigation into the Iraq invasion will begin when?  Just asking.


Rousseff impeachment vote annulled, throwing Brazil legislature into chaos

Rousseff impeachment annulledBrazil’s new lower house speaker has annulled last month’s impeachment vote against Dilma Rousseff in a twist that would stretch the credibility of a House of Cards plot.

The surprise move, which comes just days before the upper house was due to consider the motion, throws the legislature into chaos and could provide a lifeline to the embattled president.



'Trump' candidate leading Philippines' presidential race

Trump candidate set for win in PhilippinesTough-talking political maverick Rodrigo Duterte took a commanding lead in the Philippines’ presidential election Monday with more than half the vote counted.

Duterte, 71, the mayor of the southern city of Davao who has drawn comparisons to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, held 38.9% of the vote with 60% of precincts reporting. Grace Poe, the adopted daughter of Philippine movie stars, held 22.2% and Manuel “Mar” Roxas, backed by current president Benigno Aquino, had 21.6%.


Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Indicted Over TV Interview

Vanunu violates parole Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in prison for disclosing Israeli nuclear secrets, was indicted for violating the terms of his parole over an interview he gave to an Israeli television station.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court handed down the indictment on Sunday for the September interview on Channel 2, the station [reported](   “”).


Canada wildfire: Alberta blaze reaches Saskatchewan

Canada wildfire reaches SaskatchewanIn the rush to leave, some Fort McMurray residents were forced to flee without their pets and a website has been set up so volunteers can reach stranded animals.

"We're hearing about lots of dogs and cats, but also one guy has 32 geckos that need rescue," Shannon Orell-Bast told the Globe and Mail.

More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze with helicopters, air tankers and other heavy equipment.


Over 70 dead in Afghanistan fuel tanker crash

Fuel tanker fire in AfghanistanAt least 73 people have been killed and dozens of others injured after two buses and an oil tanker burst into flames following a head-on collision in eastern Afghanistan.

Many of the dead, including children, were burned beyond recognition as a result of in Sunday's accident in Ghazni province, near the Afghan capital Kabul.

Jawid Salangi, a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni, said the two buses, carrying about 125 passengers from Kabul to Kandahar, collided with the tanker, setting off a fire that quickly engulfed all three vehicles.


Egypt sentences six to death in espionage case

Egypt sentences five to deathAn Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people to death, including two Al Jazeera journalists, who were accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar.

The case of jailed former President Mohamed Morsi, who is also charged for espionage for Qatar, was however, adjourned.


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