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04/12/2007 - 22:03

Editoweb: UK today, 04 dec 2007


Iraqi Kidnappers Give Troops 'Ten Days' To Leave - Ageing components 'factor in crash' - Mystery grows over back-from-the-dead canoeist - Nimrod Inquiry Unable To Identify Cause Of Crash But Fuel Leak Most Likely Cause - British business chiefs demand 'greener' companies.



Iraqi Kidnappers Give Troops 'Ten Days' To Leave
Video footage of one of five British men taken hostage in Iraq in May has been broadcast on an Arabic television station.
In the video, shown by Al-Arabiya television, the man looks haggard and is sitting under a sign reading "the Islamic Shiite Resistance in Iraq."
Speaking with a clear English accent he says: "Today is the 18th of November. We have been here now of 173 days and I feel we have been forgotten."

Ageing components 'factor in crash'
Defence Secretary Des Browne ordered a new safety review of the RAF's ageing Nimrod spy planes after an official inquiry into the crash of an aircraft in Afghanistan identified a catalogue of failings.
The RAF Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the loss of the 37-year-old Nimrod MR2, call sign XV230, found that ageing components and a lack of fire suppressants were among the "contributory factors" which led to the accident.

Mystery grows over back-from-the-dead canoeist
A British man who disappeared over five years ago but then turned up at the weekend cannot remember anything, his sons said Tuesday, as mystery grew over the affair.
John Darwin, 57, was thought to have died in a canoeing accident in the North Sea before he walked in to a London police station to declare he was a missing person who could not remember where he had been.

Nimrod Inquiry Unable To Identify Cause Of Crash But Fuel Leak Most Likely Cause
The Defence Secretary Des Browne has apologised for the "failings" of the Ministry of Defence which contributed to the death of 14 service personnel in an RAF plane crash in Afghanistan last year.
An inquiry found that ageing compenents and a lack of modern fire suppressants were among the factors that led to the catastrophic mid-air explosion of the 37-year-old reconnaissance Nimrod.

British business chiefs demand 'greener' companies
Britain's leading employers' body, the CBI, on Tuesday urged the business sector to tackle climate change, but its ideas drew a lukewarm response from environmental pressure groups.
The Confederation of British Industry, staging the final day of its annual conference, has placed global warming at the top of the agenda with a flagship study on green technologies and working practices.

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