Tony Blair cancels event to promote book in London over protest worries

London

Blair cancels appearance to promote book

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday canceled a planned public appearance in London to promote his new memoir over concerns about potential disruption from protesters. Blair said he didn't "want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protesters," during his appearance on Wednesday at Waterstone's bookstore. Earlier, Blair told ITV television that a bookstore signing session could cause unnecessary "hassle and cost" for police. Protesters demonstrating against Blair's decision to join the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq hurled shoes and eggs at him in Dublin on Saturday.

SHANGHAI, China

Report: Pilots faked resumes

Chinese officials have found that 200 pilots falsified their flying histories, with more than half of them working for the parent company of an airline involved in China's worst plane crash in several years, a report said Monday, citing the head of the civil aviation administration. The results of investigations in 2008-2009 showed that airlines were desperate for staff, Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told the newspaper China Business News. The report came as the agency investigates safety measures after an Aug. 24 crash that killed 42 people.

LONDON

Regulators want diabetes pill pulled

British drug regulators say GlaxoSmithKline's controversial diabetes pill Avandia should be pulled from the market because of concerns that the drug can increase the risk of heart attacks. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency says an independent panel of experts concluded that the risks of Avandia outweigh its benefits and that it should no longer be sold in Britain. The British Medical Journal also called for the immediate withdrawal of the drug. The calls to pull Avandia came ahead of a meeting of the European Medicines Agency, which approved the drug's use.

Elsewhere

Indonesia: Mount Sinabung's volcano shot black ash three miles into the air early today, its most powerful eruption in recent days. The volcano in North Sumatra province erupted for the first time since 1600 last week, catching many scientists off guard.

Guatemala: Searchers on Monday pulled more bodies from a mud-covered highway where back-to-back landslides buried bus passengers and people trying to save them. After days of torrential rains, officials raised the official death toll to 44.

Times wires

Tony Blair cancels event to promote book in London over protest worries 09/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 6, 2010 11:20pm]

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