Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

World at a Glance

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Guantanamo Bay prison should close, says Clinton

. THE US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay should be "closed down or cleaned up", former president Bill Clinton declared today.

Clinton, left, said that critics had real worries about the detention without trial and reports of human rights violations at the base in Cuba.

"It is time that there are no more stories about people being abused," he said. These remarks came as Tony Blair faced new claims from a former Foreign Office official that he overstated intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Carne Ross, part of the UK mission to the UN before the invasion in 2003 said: "There's no way the information upheld the case the Government was presenting."

20 die in US airstrikes on Taliban

. FIGHTING raged across southern Afghanistan as the US military pounded suspected Taliban positions with airstrikes that killed as many as 20 militants along a narrow mountain footpath.

US aircraft opened fire on a group of suspected Taliban along a narrow footpath in the high mountains northwest of Gereshk, in southern Helmand province, after rebels had pinned down a coalition ground patrol with rocket and small-arms fire. "Initial battledamage assessments indicate 15 to 20 enemies died and an enemy vehicle was destroyed," the army said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman, claimed his fighters had assassinated a kidnapped Afghan police chief and five of his men for collaborating with the US-led coalition forces.

Picture of the day

. THIS is rally driving ... Romanian style.

Spectators attempted to escape after a driver lost control of his car and left the the road during a rally in Kolozsvar, near Cluj Napoca, Romania, on Sunday. Several people were seriously injured in the accident.

Man shot by son after killing wife

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