News Daily: Chilcot on Blair and terror convictions rise
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The chairman of the inquiry into the Iraq War has told the BBC he thinks former Prime Minister Tony Blair wasn't "straight with the nation" in the run-up to the conflict, which began in 2003. Sir John Chilcot said: "Tony Blair is always and ever an advocate. He makes the most persuasive case he can. Not departing from the truth but persuasion is everything."
He added that Mr Blair had made the case for war based on his own view of the circumstances, not "what the assessed intelligence said". Sir John also gave his reaction to seeing a note written from Mr Blair to then US President George W Bush in 2002, promising: "I shall be with you whatever." This was "giving away too much", making a "binding commitment" he wasn't necessarily able to fulfil. "I mean, he didn't even know the legal position at that point," Sir John said.
Mr Blair expressed sorrow and regret at the deaths of 179 UK personnel between 2003 and 2009 when the report was published last year. Asked about Sir John's interview, the former PM's spokesman said: "All of these issues were dealt with, in detail, at the two-hour press conference following the publication of the report."
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UK terror convictions revealed
More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, according to research by the BBC. The figures - a rapid escalation on previous years - also show an increase in girls and women being prosecuted.
US threatens force against North Korea
The US has said it could use its "considerable military forces" against North Korea following the reclusive state's test of a long-range missile on Tuesday. US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, promised to table a new resolution against Pyongyang and threatened further trade restrictions. But North Korea said it would not negotiate until the US ended its "hostile policy".
Missing British tourist found
A 34-year-old British man with autism who went missing in Australia has been found safe and well. Benjamin Wyatt, from Bath, was on holiday with his parents when he disappeared on Tuesday. He later walked into his sister's house in Melbourne, about 17 miles (28km) from where he had last been seen.
What the papers say
The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph lead on the report that says many of England's care homes are failing over safety, while the Daily Mirror warns of a "dementia time bomb", with up to 1.2 million people in the UK having the disease by 2040. Meanwhile, the Times and the Daily Mail report that Volvo will switch to electric cars only from 2019.
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