By Avril Ormsby
LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The design for an official commemorative coin to mark the engagement of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton was unveiled on Thursday, but not everyone might recognize the bride-to-be.
The depiction, based on photographs of the couple at a sporting event, bears some resemblance to William but less so his fiancee.
(Photo: Pope Benedict waves from his private apartment in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 4, 2009/Tony Gentile)
Pope Benedict has recorded a Christmas message at the Vatican specially for Britain following his successful state visit to the country in September, according to the BBC. It is the first time the pope has addressed a Christmas message specifically to one of the countries visited during the year, the state-funded broadcaster said.
The recording will be broadcast on Christmas Eve in the “Thought for the Day” slot on the BBC Radio 4 current affairs programme “Today.”
LONDON (Reuters) – Europe saw little respite on Sunday from the Arctic conditions that closed airports and disrupted travel over the weekend before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.
London’s Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, which was forced to close both its runways for much of Saturday because of heavy snow, was not accepting inbound flights on Sunday and said only a few planes would be leaving.
LONDON (Reuters) – Europe saw little respite on Sunday from the Arctic conditions that have closed airports and disrupted travel on the weekend before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year.
Britain’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, which was forced to close both its runways for much of Saturday because of heavy snow, was not accepting inbound flights on Sunday and said only a few planes would be leaving.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britons Sunday faced little respite from the Arctic conditions that have disrupted travel and shopping plans on the last weekend before Christmas, normally one of the busiest times of the year.
Treacherous icy conditions were forecast to replace the blizzards which forced many airports to close, trains to be delayed and motorists to become stranded in their vehicles.
LONDON (Reuters) – Fresh snow brought much of Britain to a standstill on Saturday, on what is traditionally the busiest weekend for shopping and travel in the run-up to Christmas.
Most of western Britain, Northern Ireland and northern Scotland suffered blizzards, while southern England was also blanketed in snow, disrupting trains and road traffic in what Transport Secretary Philip Hammond described as “extraordinary” conditions.
ELLINGHAM, England (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Friday that he was the target of an aggressive U.S. investigation and feared extradition to the United States was “increasingly likely.”
The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, whom Swedish authorities want to question over alleged sexual offences, has angered the United States by releasing secret diplomatic cables on his website and teaming up with newspapers around the globe to amplify the impact of the disclosures.
ELLINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Julian Assange looks every inch the country gentleman in his green trousers, padded jacket and leather boots, standing outside an 18th-century mansion set in hundreds of acres of snow-clad English woodland.
Assange is staying at Ellingham Hall in rural East Anglia, about three hours’ drive northeast of London, as part of his bail conditions after being freed from nine days in prison.
ELLINGHAM, England, Dec 17 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder
Julian Assange has declared that he is the victim of a smear
campaign after being freed on bail over rape allegations and
sent to spend Christmas at an English country house.
The 39-year-old Australian computer expert said that curbs
on him, which he described as “hi-tech house arrest”, would not
halt the release of official secrets.
ELLINGHAM, England (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, walked free on bail from a British jail on Thursday protesting his innocence and pledging to continue exposing official secrets.
Assange spoke to a crowd of journalists and supporters waiting in outside the High Court in London five hours after a judge said he could be released on 200,000 pounds ($312,000) bail under stringent conditions.