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Foreign developments that may interest you

1)
The Royal Navy, off South America, seized its largest haul of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £240m. The operation was conducted with the US Coast Guard. This was not the first operation of its kind. HMS Iron Duke is charged with helping residents of United Kingdom Overseas Territories during hurricane season. Apparently crew members found time hanging heavy on their hands.

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"Intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site. The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom."

That a chief of intelligence should carry the name Sir John Scarlett may hearten those of us who loved the Scarlet Pimpernel - 'that demmed, elusive Pimpernel'. But the recent admission by world leaders that Iran is indeed developing nuclear weapons is chilling since Iran's leaders have promised to destroy the people of Israel with nuclear missiles.

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On this day in 1066, William the Conqueror began his invasion of England. His rule was harsh, particularly when putting down rebellions. Ironically, he had to turn to the constitution of England to control his army and nobles. As a consequence he retained the local courts of the hundred and the shire. Common Law, the legal guarantee of justice, made a come-back - and protects us in the 21st century. Efforts to overthrow the law occurred in the past and occur today.

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