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Senior figures at the heart of Britain's decision to take part in the 2003 Iraq War have sought to blame the United States for many of the problems that followed. On Wednesday, the British report by Sir x delivered a devastating attack on the preparation, conduct and aftermath of the Iraq War. x, the British ambassador to the U.N. at the time, said the United States pushed the U.K. into military action too early. The Americans weren't genuine about it. But the prime minister was genuine about it. Because he thought it was a chance that x could be made to back down, before we had to make military force. And George Bush, for a while, agreed with him. But other people behind George Bush didn't agree with him and thought it was a waste of time. But it was a very genuine attempt by the prime minister to see whether the Security Council could put such pressure on x that military force was not necessary. We felt in that, quite obviously, that he did try. The report concluded that the decision to go to war was based on flawed intelligence, and wasn't properly discussed within the British cabinet. It said there had been no imminent threat from Iraq's then leader, x. The former British prime minister, Tony Blair, has defended his decision to commit Britain to the 2003 Iraq War alongside the United States. Mr. Blair insisted that he had not misled the country. He said he would take the same decision again. General x, the most senior British office involved in planning the war, said that in the aftermath, the U.S. dismantled Iraq's army and the x party without consultation. The U.S. administrator to Iraq at the time, x, denied the claim. That particular decision was approved by the president of the United States, the secretary of defence, by the joint chief-of-staff of the United States. It was previously discussed by my national security adviser with authorities in London 10 days before it was issued. He received no objections. And x says to the x Commission that he raised no objections when I briefed him, the senior British official on the ground. So whatever else one can say, it was, as far as I was concerned, where I was, it had been checked with the British government, and it had been checked with the American government.

In the United States, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a convenience store in the city of x in Louisiana, where a black man, x, was shot dead by police on Tuesday. The protests followed the emergence of a second video, showing two white policemen holding down Mr. x before appearing to shoot him at point-length range.

A court in France has sentenced two former Rwandan mayors to life imprisonment for their part in the 1994 genocide. x and x were found guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide for helping to organise the killing of mainly x people.

World news from the BBC.

The U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has raised more than 50 million dollars for his election campaign in June. In May, Mr. Trump raised only 3 million, prompting fears in the Republican party that he would not be able to compete with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, who raised nearly 70 million dollars last month.

The United States army says, who was convicted for her role in leaking U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks, is being monitored in jail, after reportedly to hang herself. x, who was formerly known as x, is serving a 35-year sentence at an all-male facility in Kansas. x was convicted in 2013 of leaking thousands of State Department files to WikiLeaks.

More troops and police have joined us to support flood control and disaster relief in eastern China in areas battered by a week of heaviest rain storm. The relief effort is being helped by a temporary improvement in weather conditions. More than 180 people have died, as the floods destroyed houses and roads. x reports from Wuhan. The rain has stopped for now. A day of sun is very welcome news for the 10 million people here, where the rivers running through the city are almost a metre above their usual levels. In the suburbs, though, it's far worse. The view from above of some towns is simply of roofs and water. No roads, no grass. The focus now is to repair or fortify nearby dams and dikes to make sure that they can hold up. More than a million people have been forced out of their homes, and the cost to the country's economy is already billions of dollars.

And briefly, Portugal has become the first team through to the final of the Euro 2016 Football Championships in France, after beating underdogs, Wales, 2-0.