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Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-London’s East End divided on eve of Games

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – “Everyone here hates the
Olympics,” says the graffiti spray-painted on the wall of a
derelict peanut factory just outside London’s glitzy new Olympic
stadium.

Tucked away in one of London’s roughest neighbourhoods, the
crumbling factory is long out of use, having been taken over by
a motley crew of artists, musicians and circus performers united
by their disdain for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jul 23, 2012

Brand wars gather pace on streets of London

LONDON (Reuters) – In the shadow of London’s gleaming Olympic venues, a quiet battle is under way over who gets to cash in on the Games.

Olympic organizers have enforced strict rules to protect official trademarks, deploying about 250 uniformed “brand police” on the streets of the capital to ensure businesses do not piggyback off the world’s biggest sporting event.

Jul 23, 2012

Olympics-Brand wars gather pace on streets of London

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – In the shadow of London’s
gleaming Olympic venues, a quiet battle is under way over who
gets to cash in on the Games.

Olympic organisers have enforced strict rules to protect
official trademarks, deploying about 250 uniformed “brand
police” on the streets of the capital to ensure businesses do
not piggyback off the world’s biggest sporting event.

Jul 11, 2012

End of era as BBC bids good-bye to majestic home

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – At noon London time on July 12,
2012, Britain will slip silently into a new era of radio
history.

At the top of the hour, the BBC World Service – once the
voice of the British empire – will transmit its last radio news
bulletin from its imposing home, Bush House in central London.

Jul 5, 2012

London Shard looms over the capital

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising like a gleaming splinter of glass into a grey sky, London’s tallest building is designed to mirror a dynamic city living ahead of its time.

But for Londoners dwelling in its shadow, the futuristic new skyscraper known as the Shard is more a reflection of their own unease at the city’s fast-changing and confusing identity.

Jul 4, 2012

London Shard looms over Britain’s eclectic capital

LONDON (Reuters) – Rising like a gleaming splinter of glass into a grey sky, London’s tallest building is designed to mirror a dynamic city living ahead of its time.

But for Londoners dwelling in its shadow, the futuristic new skyscraper known as the Shard is more a reflection of their own unease at the city’s fast-changing and confusing identity.

Jul 2, 2012

British police say expect more riots

LONDON (Reuters) – British police expect another outburst of rioting in London, possibly even this summer, as economic hardship pushes more people towards social unrest, a study found on Monday, as the country prepares to host the Olympic Games.

Thousands of angry young people rioted through the streets of London and other big cities last August, looting shops and burning buildings, prompting pledges from government to crack down on crime.

Jun 20, 2012

Haunted by past, Suu Kyi receives Oxford doctorate

OXFORD (Reuters) – Hardened by decades of political struggle, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi confronted emotional scars of a different kind on Wednesday when she received an honorary degree from Britain’s Oxford University where she once studied and fell in love.

Having spent most of the last two decades under house arrest, the Nobel laureate has been greeted as a hero on her visit to Britain this week after being released by Myanmar’s rulers and allowed to travel abroad.

Jun 20, 2012

Suu Kyi says ready to lead Myanmar to democracy

LONDON/OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced in Britain on Tuesday that she was prepared to take the helm as the leader of her people, the strongest signal yet she saw herself as someone who could lead her country to democracy one day.

Myanmar’s military rulers have freed the Oxford-educated daughter of Myanmar’s assassinated independence hero from house arrest, ushering in an era of hope for change and allowing her to travel abroad for the first time in decades.

Jun 19, 2012

Suu Kyi says British support helped sustain her

LONDON/OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi began an emotional visit to Britain on Tuesday, saying her own stubbornness and the support of the British people had given her the strength to endure almost two decades of house arrest in her native Myanmar.

Now one of the world’s most famous symbols of non-violent political protest, Suu Kyi, 67, left her two sons and husband in Britain in 1988 to take up the fight for democracy in Myanmar as the military crushed pro-democracy protests and seized power.