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May 12, 2011

Stadium wrap likely to make a return

LONDON (Reuters) – The fabric wrap that had been intended to jazz up London’s Olympic stadium before being ditched late last year amid government spending cuts could make a return, the Olympics minister suggested on Thursday.

“If you ask me, I should think it probably more likely there will be than not,” Hugh Robertson told reporters, when asked if there would be a wrap.

May 12, 2011

Olympics-Stadium wrap likely to make a return

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – The fabric wrap that had been
intended to jazz up London’s Olympic stadium before being
ditched late last year amid government spending cuts could make
a return, the Olympics minister suggested on Thursday.

“If you ask me, I should think it probably more likely there
will be than not,” Hugh Robertson told reporters, when asked if
there would be a wrap.

May 10, 2011

WikiLeaks’ Assange gets Australian peace prize

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by publishing thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, was given a peace award on Tuesday for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights.”

Assange was awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s gold medal in London, only the fourth to be handed out in its 14-year history. The not-for-profit organization associated with the University of Sydney, is supported by the City of Sydney.

May 9, 2011
via UK News

More than just an autograph

Frederique Jamolli’s job is to prise the most treasured items from the hands of newly-crowned Olympians.

Her job is to ask sprint champion Usain Bolt for his Jamaican vest or the pair of brightly coloured spikes worn by Cathy Freeman after her 400-metre win at Sydney in 2000.

May 9, 2011

Olympics through the ages on display in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Memorabilia telling the story of the Olympics from 776 BC to the modern-day speed machine Usain Bolt will go on display in London during the 2012 Games.

Up to 400 artifacts, video and graphics will be on show in a free exhibition called “The Olympic Journey: the Story of the Games” at the Royal Opera House between July 27 and August 12.

May 6, 2011
via FaithWorld

Archbishop of Canterbury voices unease over bin Laden killing

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(Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace in London September 17, 2010/Chris Ison)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the 80-million strong Anglican Communion, has said the killing of an unarmed Osama bin Laden left a “very uncomfortable feeling.” Rowan Williams said the different versions of events coming out of the White House “have not done a great deal to help here.”

May 2, 2011

Cameron urges vigilance after bin Laden death

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday the country would have to remain vigilant following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan during an operation by U.S. forces.

British embassies have been asked to review their security to guard against reprisals, but the formal level of security alert in Britain was left unchanged.

Apr 28, 2011

Foreign Office withdraws Syria’s royal wedding invitation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has withdrawn the royal wedding invitation to Syria, with the support of Buckingham Palace, after a violent crackdown against pro-democracy supporters, a Foreign Office spokesman said Thursday.

The invitation was rescinded on the eve of Friday’s wedding between Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, following criticism from opposition politicians and human rights groups.

Apr 28, 2011

Britain withdraws Syria’s royal wedding invitation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has withdrawn the royal wedding invitation to Syria, with the support of Buckingham Palace, after a violent crackdown against pro-democracy supporters, a Foreign Office spokesman said Thursday.

The invitation was rescinded on the eve of Friday’s wedding between Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, following criticism from opposition politicians and human rights groups.

Apr 18, 2011

Abbey hopes not to blow fuse at royal wedding

By Avril Ormsby

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The Dean of Westminster Abbey John Hall is praying its third-time lucky for Prince William and Kate Middleton during their wedding after the power went down on two recent Fridays.

An estimated two billion people are set to tune into the royal wedding on Friday, April 29, potentially the largest television audience ever, with 2,000 attending the service.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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