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Desmond Tutu withdraws from conference to protest Tony Blairupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 06:32:00

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is withdrawing from a conference in Johannesburg to protest Tony Blair's attendance.

A campaign to make giving go viralupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 15:07:00

What if one small gift to your favorite charity could become dozens, hundreds or thousands?

Hackers claim breach of Tony Blair's personal detailsupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 08:19:00

Personal details about Tony Blair that appear online were apparently not hacked from the former British prime minister's computer systems, but from the email account of a former staffer.

Blair under fire for Iraq Warupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 11:23:00

Sir John Chilcot inquiry is likely to test Tony Blair on the legality of war in Iraq, as Robin Oakley reports.

Blair: Extremism must be confrontedupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 11:17:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the country's inquiry into the war in Iraq the world must continue to confront Islamic extremism.

Blair: Time is essence for peace talksupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 14:40:00

Middle East envoy Tony Blair warns the peace process could be in serious trouble if talks don't resume soon.

Blair warns time is of the essence for Mideast peace talksupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 14:40:00

If substantial talks don't begin soon between Israel and the Palestinians, all parties will face "profound trouble," the Middle East Quartet's special representative warned Tuesday.

Blair called to testify again on Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 11:23:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been called to appear a second time before an independent board investigating the invasion of Iraq, the panel announced Wednesday.

Blair cancels book launch party over protest fearsupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 07:46:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair canceled a launch party for his new book in London Wednesday because of planned protests, his spokesman said.

Blair cancels London book signing over protest concernsupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 12:13:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has canceled a central London book-signing event for his new autobiography over concerns of the "inevitable hassle" that will be caused by protesters, his office said in a statement Monday.

Media turn the page on Iraqupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 15:21:00

Howard Kurtz breaks down the media's coverage of President Obama's Oval Office address with his panel.

Blair defends Iraq decision on U.S. televisionupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 15:21:00

As the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, America's biggest ally at the outset of the war, said the decision to invade Iraq was a necessary one.

Arrests made at Blair booksigning in Dublinupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 07:49:00

Police made a "small number" of arrests in Dublin where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to sign copies of his autobiography Saturday, a spokesman for Ireland's national police service said.

Tony Blair book revelationsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:27:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair releases his memoirs. CNN's Robin Oakley reports.

Blair: Bush world view had 'immense simplicity'updated: Wed Sep 01 2010 12:27:00

Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a "true idealist" who displayed "genuine integrity and political courage," former British prime minister Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.

Memoir puts spotlight back on Blairupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 10:38:00

In some ways, former British prime minister Tony Blair was Labour's most successful leader ever.

Tony Blair's controversial memoirupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 10:38:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on the anticipation and controversy surrounding the release of Tony Blair's memoir.

Blair in 'anguish' over Iraq, defends toppling Saddamupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 20:29:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in a book to be published Wednesday that he feels "anguish" about "the nightmare" that occurred after the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but defends the move, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Tony Blair donating memoir money to wounded vetsupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 09:25:00

Wounded veterans in Great Britain soon will be getting some financial support from their former prime minister, the Royal British Legion and Tony Blair announced Monday on both of their websites.

British elections: Why U.S. should careupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 17:12:00

The monthlong sprint that is the British elections ended Thursday night with a hung parliament, meaning plenty of wrangling is still to be done before we know who will be the next prime minister.

Tony Blair on flotilla crisisupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 14:38:00

Former British PM Tony Blair worries that flotilla crisis may be detracting from real worries in Gaza.

Blair raises concerns over Gaza blockadeupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 14:38:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed concern over Israel's policy towards Gaza following Monday's commando raid on an international flotilla carrying aid to the blockaded Palestinian territory.

The beginning of an end of an era in UKupdated: Tue May 11 2010 13:28:00

CNN's Max Foster speaks with British Finance Minister Alistair Darling about PM Gordon Brown's decision to step down.

Gordon Brown: 'Clunking fist' of UK politicsupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:49:00

For any leader, facing the electorate after his party has been in power for 13 years would be tough. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown though is fighting to stay in Downing Street in as bad a political climate as could be imagined.

Gordon Brown fights for political lifeupdated: Wed May 05 2010 09:49:00

CNN's Max Foster profiles British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the eve of elections that could cost him his job.

Mideast peace process talksupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 05:51:00

The Mideast Quartet meets in Russia for talks on the Middle East peace process. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Israel offers measures to get peace talks moving again, Blair saysupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 05:51:00

Israel refuses to reverse its decision to build new homes in largely Arab East Jerusalem, but it is offering measures to kick-start the peace process, Middle East envoy Tony Blair told CNN on Friday.

Protesters call for Blair to face war crimes chargesupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 05:50:00

In the shadow of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and surrounded in all directions by monuments to the British establishment, protesters called Friday for Tony Blair to face war crimes charges as the former prime minister gave evidence to the Iraq inquiry.

British MP: Blair's 'a coward'updated: Mon Feb 01 2010 05:50:00

British Parliament Member George Galloway reacts to Tony Blair's testimony at the Iraq War Inquiry.

Blair: No 'covert' deal with Bush over Iraqupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 21:22:00

Former British prime minister Tony Blair on Friday rejected claims that he had struck a secret deal with U.S. President George W. Bush in 2002 pledging British backing for the invasion of Iraq.

UK 'seeks closure' on Iraq as Blair faces scrutinyupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 08:32:00

Almost seven years since British troops took part in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, former prime minister Tony Blair faced public scrutiny on Friday over the decision-making process that led to the UK's involvement in the conflict.

Blair faces grilling over Iraq warupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 06:55:00

It is not uncommon to see people snoozing in the public gallery of Britain's Iraq Inquiry. The sessions are long. There is lots of detail. Everyone speaks softly and are unfailingly polite.

Blair adviser: Iraq intelligence was not 'sexed up'updated: Tue Jan 12 2010 14:02:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's one-time media adviser said a 2002 intelligence document that claimed Iraq could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was not "sexed up" to exaggerate the case for war.

Blair: I would have removed Saddam Hussein anywayupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 03:12:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he would have taken the decision to remove Saddam Hussein even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Comment: Iraq confession puts Blair's integrity on lineupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 14:08:00

By confessing that he would still have joined the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq even if he had known Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has whooshed himself straight back into the headlines.

Europe job was too small for Tony Blairupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 12:47:00

Faced with a choice for its new president between the traffic-stopping Tony Blair and a capable but little-known Belgian, the EU's 27 leaders settled on Herman Van Rompuy, a man who would scarcely stop two mothers with strollers outside his own country.

Blair on Mideast: We must move forwardupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 02:07:00

Talks between the Israelis and Palestinians must be "credible" in order to achieve peace in the region and unlock the economic potential of a future Palestinian state, British leader-turned-Mideast envoy Tony Blair said Tuesday.

Blair weighs in on peace talksupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:05:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour mideast peace talks will resume soon.

Leading the energy challengeupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 02:44:00

Speaking in China, former UK prime minister Tony Blair on how the world can meet it's climate responsibilities.

Tony Blair: Keeping faith in peace in the Middle Eastupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 02:44:00

Two years since he stood down as prime minister of the UK, time away from frontline politics has not softened Tony Blair.

Blair to be called before UK inquiry to Iraq warupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 13:17:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be called before an inquiry into the country's role in the Iraq war, its chairman said during the opening Thursday.

Blair 'not concerned' over release of Iraq secretsupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 13:42:00

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Friday he was "not concerned" by a ruling that details of cabinet meetings in the run-up to the Iraq war should be made public and told CNN the release of the minutes was a decision for the current government.

Blair: Obama can help forge Israeli-Palestinian peaceupdated: Sun Nov 09 2008 16:24:00

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has "a tremendous opportunity" to help negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that could help "empower the forces of ... moderation in the Islamic world," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday. Blair Campaigns for Climate Actionupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 21:00:00

Ahead of next week's G8 summit in Japan, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair calls for a united front against global warming

Face time with Tony Blairupdated: Sat May 31 2008 06:46:00

CNN's John Defterios caught up with Tony Blair in Bethlehem and asked him whether the Palestinian Territories can have a prospering economy without political stability.

Tony Blair: The potential for Palestinian businessupdated: Sat May 31 2008 06:46:00

Since stepping down as UK prime minister last year, Mideast envoy Tony Blair has been working on behalf of the Mideast diplomatic quartet which comprises the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States. Tony Blair's Leap of Faithupdated: Wed May 28 2008 16:00:00

Can religion help solve the world's many conflicts? Britain's former Prime Minister thinks so

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Wed May 28 2008 11:02:00

In focus -- Palestinian investment Cherie Blair Pens Autobiographyupdated: Sat May 10 2008 20:00:00

Tony Blair considered not running for a third term as British prime minister but his wife and others persuaded him it would be seen as an admission that he had been wrong about the Iraq war, she says in her newly published autobiography

Profile: Craig Brown, Satiristupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 12:27:00

It could be argued when Tony Blair left the office of Prime Minister in June, his parting from the public stage was mourned by few but chief among those mourners were Britain's satirists. The characteristics of the Blair government with its emphasis on spin and sound bites created a wealth of material for top British satirist Craig Brown.

Spirit of Satire: Part 1updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 12:27:00

CNN's Becky Anderson searches the comedy clubs of the UK for a definition of Satire. Blair Weighs Up EU Presidency Bidupdated: Mon Jan 14 2008 08:15:00

If Tony Blair is considering running for EU president, he may find the going tough if his weekend sojourn in France is anything to go by

Blair takes job with JPMorganupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 20:00:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair takes a job advising executives at JPMorgan. CNN's Linzie Janis reports

Tony Blair starts $1M bank jobupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 20:00:00

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who left office last June, has taken up a part-time job with a Wall Street bank on an estimated $1 million salary.

Blair converts to Catholicismupdated: Sat Dec 22 2007 21:54:00

ITN's Libby Weiner reports on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's conversion to Catholicism.

Blair: Terror threat like fascismupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 06:57:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the world must not be "forced into retreat" against Islamic terrorists as it faced a situation similar to the Nazi threat before World War II. Blair's Mideast Mission Impossibleupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 13:15:00

The former British leader's only chance of easing tensions may be to chart a different course than Washington would like

Fortune: Blair drops in on the ultimate networking partyupdated: Wed Jul 11 2007 03:04:00

Tony Blair, who barely two weeks ago handed over the reigns of power as Britain's prime minister to Gordon Brown, is planning a surprise visit to Allen & Co.'s annual media mogulfest at this mountain playground later in the week, Fortune has learned. The Home Secretary's Trial by Fireupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 10:25:00

Brown's government tried to present a face of calm during the terror threats. Jacqui Smith proved that boring isn't always bad Tony Blair's Toughest Missionupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 14:20:00

Analysis: As Middle East peace envoy, the outgoing British PM may find the situation even more daunting than he expects

Brown or Blair? Pass the sick bagupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 05:25:00

Uncomfortable political allies for more than a decade, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's rivalry continued in the pages of the British press on Thursday with many papers unsure whether to weight their coverage towards the outgoing or incoming prime minister. The Downing Street Shuffleupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 08:35:00

Frenetic choreography occurs as Brown prepares to be Prime Minister and Blair gets set to be Mideast peace envoy

Report: Israeli Gaza raids kill 10updated: Wed Jun 27 2007 05:55:00

Israeli military strikes have killed 10 Palestinians, including seven in northern Gaza and three in southern Gaza, Palestinian security sources say.

Blair named for Mideast peace roleupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 05:33:00

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been appointed special envoy to the Middle East, a statement for the the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators has confirmed.

Brown: Let work of change beginupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 01:42:00

Gordon Brown is the UK's new prime minister after replacing the outgoing Tony Blair on Wednesday.

UK asks: What kind of man is new PM?updated: Tue Jun 26 2007 08:24:00

When Tony Blair strode across a Manchester stage on Sunday June 24 and declared, "the new leader of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown," it was the moment his Downing Street neighbor had been waiting for, with growing impatience, for 13 years.

Officials: Blair to become Mideast peace envoyupdated: Tue Jun 26 2007 06:33:00

Tony Blair will become an envoy for Mideast peace, U.S. officials said Tuesday, Blair's last full day as Britain's prime minister.

Blair's next job could be Mideast peace envoyupdated: Thu Jun 21 2007 10:30:00

The Bush administration wants British Prime Minister Tony Blair to be a Middle East peace envoy when he leaves office next week, senior U.S. officials said.

Blair backs Brown leadership bidupdated: Fri May 11 2007 04:48:00

Gordon Brown has launched his campaign to be Britain's next prime minister, a day after Tony Blair announced he would stand down in June. Earlier, Blair delivered a ringing endorsement of Brown, who has served as his finance minister since 1997.

Blair's modernizing legacy weighed down by warupdated: Thu May 10 2007 08:08:00

On a heady night in May 1997, a boyish Tony Blair -- triumphant and smiling -- greeted his giddy, flag-waving supporters, as the catchy pop tune "Things Can Only Get Better" played in the background.

Blair: My political journey is overupdated: Thu May 10 2007 05:47:00

Tony Blair announced Thursday he would step down as Labour Party leader and British prime minister, defending his record during his decade in power, but adding "my apologies to you for the times I've fallen short."

Your e-mails: Blair to stand downupdated: Thu May 10 2007 05:25:00

Having won three successive elections, and served as the British Prime Minister for the last 10 years, Tony Blair is bringing an end to his time in office.

Blair set to announce departureupdated: Wed May 09 2007 23:02:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair met with his Cabinet Thursday morning ahead of an expected midday announcement that he will stand down as Labour Party leader and prime minister after a decade in power.

Iraq, scandal cloud Blair's legacyupdated: Wed May 09 2007 10:47:00

All political careers, it is said, end in tears. Tony Blair leaves office with his reputation clouded by the disastrous outcome of the Iraq war and the "Cash for Honors" scandal, which could yet see some of those close to him charged with criminal offences. A decade on, historians may take a kinder view.

Blair faces final electoral testupdated: Thu May 03 2007 04:58:00

Prime Minister Tony Blair led his beleaguered Labour Party into electoral combat for the final time Thursday in local and regional elections that, amid his unpopularity, could put Scotland on the road toward independence from the rest of Britain.

Blair: 1,600 troops to leave Iraqupdated: Wed Feb 21 2007 01:50:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday announced plans for the imminent withdrawal of around 1,600 of his country's troops from Iraq.

Reports: UK to begin withdrawing Iraq troopsupdated: Tue Feb 20 2007 17:30:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will order nearly half the British troops in Iraq home by the end of 2007, British news outlets reported early Wednesday.

Blair rejects pressure to resignupdated: Fri Feb 02 2007 03:34:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has refused to step down before police finish a political corruption probe into his party, despite fears the investigation is damaging his party.

Blair quizzed again in funds probeupdated: Thu Feb 01 2007 07:22:00

British police have questioned UK Prime Minister Tony Blair for a second time as part of an investigation into political party funding, his spokesman says.

Blair: Terror battle will be longupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 09:42:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says it will take a generation to defeat what has emerged as a global movement of fundamentalist Muslim terrorists, a movement he described as "something more akin to revolutionary communism in its early and most militant phase."

Blair's office: Hussein hanged in 'completely wrong' wayupdated: Sun Jan 07 2007 09:38:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will speak out against the execution of Saddam Hussein, calling the way it was carried out "completely wrong," officials at Downing Street told CNN.

NTSB to investigate Blair jet scareupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 10:14:00

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday said it was investigating what led a British Airways Boeing 747 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family on board to taxi beyond the runway at Miami International Airport.

Blair in Bee Gee holiday jet scareupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 20:15:00

A Boeing 747 carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair missed a turn after landing and struck runway lights Tuesday at Miami International Airport, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said.

Turkish PM blasts EU talks freezeupdated: Sat Dec 16 2006 03:42:00

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday criticized a decision by the European Union this week to freeze talks on his country's entry into the union, saying it was "very unfair."

Funds scandal: Police quiz Blairupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 08:36:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been questioned by police in connection with a political fundraising scandal, his spokesperson said.

Timely regrets: Britain's guilt for its slave trade historyupdated: Mon Nov 27 2006 06:01:00

"It's a good rule in life never to apologize," wrote English humorist P.G. Wodehouse, of Jeeves and Wooster fame. "The right sort of people don't want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them."

Blair's 'Iraq disaster' interview provokes stormupdated: Sat Nov 18 2006 04:30:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair provoked a storm Saturday after apparently admitting that the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain was "a disaster."

Report sets climate change challengeupdated: Mon Oct 30 2006 05:14:00

The UK issued an urgent call to arms on tackling climate change on Monday with a major government report warning that global warming was likely to do more economic damage than either of the world wars or the Great Depression if it continues unchecked.

Blair backs UK army chief on Iraqupdated: Sat Oct 14 2006 01:32:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he is in full agreement with comments his army chief made in a newspaper interview about British troop deployments in Iraq.

Man with knife arrested outside Blair residenceupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 09:00:00

A man armed with a knife was arrested after climbing a fence behind British Prime Minister Tony Blair's London residence at 10 Downing Street, police said Monday.

What next for Tony Blair?updated: Wed Sep 27 2006 04:07:00

(CNN) -- "It's hard to let go," Tony Blair admitted in an emotional speech to the Labour Party Conference on Tuesday, acknowledging it would be the last time he addressed his political powerbase as British Prime Minister.

Blair tells Labour Party 'it's right to let go'updated: Tue Sep 26 2006 05:52:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has addressed the Labour Party for the last time as its leader, saying "it's the right time to go" and calling on members to continue the reforms of the past decade in order to win a fourth term in government.

Highlights from the world's pressupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 04:23:00

Weighing in next on the skinny-model debate is The New York Times, which says that "if fashion models were purebred dogs instead of underfed women, there would be an outcry over the abusive standards for appearing in shows and photo shoots."

Blair meets Israeli leaderupdated: Sun Sep 10 2006 08:54:00

Nearly a month after the United Nations brokered a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah militants, British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered "sympathy and solidarity" to his Israeli counterpart Saturday for leading his country during difficult times.

Blair urges Mideast engagementupdated: Sun Sep 10 2006 00:41:00

The international community should restore contacts with a future Palestinian unity government if it breaks with the current policies of the Hamas-led administration, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday.

Blair embarks on Mideast missionupdated: Sat Sep 09 2006 11:26:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to visit the Middle East this weekend with an eye on offering ideas for a comprehensive peace, sources told CNN.

Tony Blair: Your e-mailsupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 03:27:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced he will leave office within a year. We asked for your verdict on his years in power and his legacy. The following are a selection of your replies, some of which have been edited.

Blair: I will resign within a yearupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 00:10:00

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he will resign from office within a year, but has refused to set a date for his departure.

Blair to announce departure dateupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 23:33:00

Trying to quell politically damaging turmoil snowballing within the ranks of his own Labor Party, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce Thursday that he will leave office within a year.

7 quit in Blair leadership revoltupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 08:07:00

The acrimonious row over the timing of the departure from office of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has grown with the resignation of a dissident minister and six ministerial aides.

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