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Iraq inquiry 'to be published as soon possible'

The government says it is "doing everything it can" to ensure the Chilcot Inquiry is able to publish its long-awaited report into the Iraq report quickly, after a deal was finally reached to disclose the "gists" of conversations between George W Bush and Tony Blair.

Resolving this issue has taken longer than originally hoped but these are sensitive issues [...]

The Government and the Inquiry are working to ensure the Inquiry's report is published as soon as possible and the Government is doing everything it can to facilitate that.

– Cabinet Office spokesperson

'Gists' of Bush and Blair Iraq talks to be disclosed

More than 130 records of conversations between Blair and Bush will be disclosed. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA/Press Association Images

An agreement has been reached over disclosing sensitive documents detailing discussions between Tony Blair and George Bush over Iraq.

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Government's most senior civil servant, who was principal private secretary to Mr Blair in 10 Downing Street in the run-up to the war, has agreed the principles of handing over the "gists and quotes" of correspondence between the two former leaders.

Under review will be 25 notes from Mr Blair to Mr Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between the former Prime Minister and then US president.

In a letter to Sir Jeremy, Sir John Chilcot, the head of the Iraq inquiry, said "the use of direct quotation from the documents should be the minimum necessary".


George W Bush revealed as Wikipedia's most-edited entry

Former US President George W Bush has been revealed as the most edited Wikipedia entry Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Former US President George W Bush has been revealed as the most-edited Wikipedia entry according to a new report.

Scientists from University of Oxford analysed changes made to 10 language editions of the site - which allows users to contribute to and edit articles - to find out which entries received the most edits from users.

Other entries making up the top ten of most edited entries in the English language were: Anarchism, Global Warming, Jesus, Christianity, The Prophet Muhammad, United States, race and intelligence, circumcision and finally World Wrestling Entertainment employees.

Former US presidents unite to honour George W Bush

President Barack Obama has praised George W Bush at the dedication of the former president's library for showing strength and resolve in the days after the September 11 attacks and said if Congress passes immigration reform "it will be in large part thanks to the hard work" of his predecessor.

US President Barack Obama stands alongside former presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Mr Obama spoke along with all four living former presidents in a rare reunion honouring one of their own at the opening of the George W Bush Presidential Centre.

Mr Bush, the country's 43rd president, gave a closing speech with tears welling in his eyes."My deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom," Mr Bush said.

"I believe that freedom is a gift from God and the hope of every human heart."

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