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Arrest warrant bill passes first hurdle

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction was passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Britain's former spy chief: MI6 kept secrets from Israel, Hamas Iran's puppet

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

One of Britain's top spies has described the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organisation" and labelled Hamas and Hizbollah as surrogates of the Iranian state.

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Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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Jewish writers up for Orwell prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

A prestigious journalism prize has become the scene of a battle between some of Britain's most successful Jewish writers.

Among the 15 nominees for the 2011 Orwell Prize, which honours exceptional political reporting, are Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman, Israeli-born Guardian writer Rachel Shabi and David Cohen of the Evening Standard.

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Universal jurisdiction reform goes to Lords

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Hague pays tribute to Britain-Israel 'common interests'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Britain was "grateful" for Israel's friendship and strategic partnership, the Foreign Secretary told a London conference today.

Addressing an audience at thinktank Chatham House, to mark 60 years of British-Israeli diplomatic relations, William Hague said the anniversary was a "milestone in our shared history".

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End of Arts Council funding for London Review of Books

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

A literary magazine described by historian Benny Morris as sometimes being "no more than pro-Arab propaganda" will no longer receive any government funding.

The London Review of Books (LRB), published once a fortnight, had received £767,000 of public money to pay contributors since it was founded 31 years ago. However it did not apply for Arts Council support this year.

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Former MI6 boss: Muslim Brotherhood 'terrorists at heart'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

The former head of the MI6 has described the Muslim Brotherhood as being "at heart, a terrorist organisation".

Speaking at a conference on British-Israeli diplomatic relations at Chatham House, Sir Richard Dearlove also said that Hamas and Hizbollah were "Iranian surrogates".

He warned that it was necessary to "do everything you can to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear".

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Eleventh hour change to war criminal arrest bill

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A last-minute amendment to the Police Bill, tabled by the Labour front bench, proposed the establishment of specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

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Sudden amendment for war crime arrest law

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2011

A last minute amendment to the Police Bill proposed by the Labour front bench would establish specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

The amendment has been tabled by Shadow Police and Criminal Justice Minister Vernon Coaker.

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