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Thousands Protest Tuition Fee Hikes in London

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of students marched Wednesday through the streets of central London to protest cuts to university funding and increased tuition fees. Officials say more than 2,000 people participated in the march, but organizers estimate the totals at around 10,000. About 4,000 police officers were deployed across the protest route to prevent a repeat in violence […]

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Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral Resigns in Wake of Protests

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned following criticism of the way the church has handled anti-capitalist protests on its grounds. Reverend Graeme Knowles said Monday that mounting criticism of his handling of the situation has made his position “untenable.” He added that he was resigning “with great sadness” to allow for […]

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London 2012 Post-Olympics Development Plan Submitted

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Olympic Park Legacy Company has submitted a 5,000 page plan on how the Olympic Park in London can be transformed after the 2012 Games have ended. Its proposal envisions turning the 64-hectare site for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park development into five neighborhoods. Some 10,000 new homes are to be integrated with new parks, […]

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London Street Festival Marred by Stabbing; Overall Violence Down

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Five people are under arrest for a stabbing on the second day of one of Europe’s biggest street festivals. Officials in London said a 16-year-boy was arrested Tuesday. Police had earlier arrested four other men, ages 20 and 21, for the stabbing at the Notting Hill festival. The 20-year-old victim is in what is being […]

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London Street Festival Begins Amid Memory of Recent Riots

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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London’s Notting Hill section Sunday hosted the first day of its annual Caribbean-style street festival. The two-day street festival typically draws crowds in excess of 1 million people. This year’s festival includes a record number of police officers to ensure the typically rowdy crowds do not become too unruly. Britain experienced its worst riots in […]

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Police Arrest 160 in London Riots

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities say at least 160 people were arrested in London during weekend rioting and looting sparked by a police shooting. Around 35 police officers were injured in the violence — including three hit by a car while trying to make arrests in east London in the worst riots the city has seen in years. […]

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Security Tests Launched for London Olympics

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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British police have launched a yearlong program of security tests to check the readiness of government, police and other agencies ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. The exercises will test a range of scenarios, including possible terrorist attacks. Other things that could impact the smooth running of the Games include long lines, big crowds, large […]

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2012 London Olympics Torch Design Revealed

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The 2012 London Olympics organizers have unveiled the design of their Olympic torch, which Reuters describes as looking like a huge cheesegrater. The gold-colored aluminium frame features a lace-like mesh with 8,000 holes which are supposed to represent each person who will carry it on the 70-day torch relay. The triangular shape symbolizes the three […]

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