September 5, 2007 |
A crippling strike on London's subway system was suspended late Tuesday, but officials said it would take time to restore service after the walkout, which turned the system into a maelstrom of long lines and hot, overcrowded cars. A little more than 17 hours after the job action by 2,300 maintenance workers shut down three-fourths of London Underground lines, union leaders announced that they would return to work. But transportation managers said commuting delays would be inevitable today.
September 4, 2007 |
Large swaths of London's sprawling transport network shut down after about 2,300 maintenance workers walked out in a dispute over job cuts, transfers and pensions. Metronet's workers have demanded assurances that their jobs would be protected under the arrangements being made to try to rescue the company, which has been unable to pay its debts. London Underground said that two-thirds of the subway system would be inoperative unless the strike was called off.
August 26, 2007 |
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July 20, 2007 |
Outside Waterstone's book shop in tourist-filled Piccadilly Circus, a woman in her 20s slept soundly on the sidewalk, her witch's hat covering her tired eyes. A young girl dressed as a Victorian nurse chewed on candy and chatted with others eagerly waiting outside the store. And at the front of the growing line, a 16-year-old from the Netherlands held a sign addressed to spectators: "Only $2 for staring," it said.
July 16, 2007 |
An Australian magistrate granted bail today for an Indian doctor accused of supporting foiled car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow, saying prosecutors had not provided evidence that he had a direct link to a terrorist group. But the government invoked immigration laws to keep him behind bars. Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews told reporters in Canberra that he had canceled Mohammed Haneef's working visa on suspicion that he had links to criminals.
July 12, 2007 |
Four men convicted of conspiracy to murder were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for their part in failed suicide bombings on London's public transit system in 2005. They must each serve at least 40 years before being eligible for parole. Woolwich Crown Court also announced that the two remaining defendants will be retried in the attempted bombings July 21, 2005. No date has been set for the proceedings.
July 10, 2007 |
Four of six men accused in a failed attempt to blow up portions of London's public transit system in 2005 were convicted Monday of conspiracy to commit murder. The jury will continue deliberations on the fate of the other two defendants today. The panel unanimously rejected the defense contention that the bombs, which failed to explode, were meant to merely scare the public and prompt government officials to reconsider British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 5, 2007 |
The arrests of two Indians in connection with the Al Qaeda-style bombing plots in Glasgow, Scotland, and London have sparked surprise and consternation here in their homeland, where Islamic radicalization is of relatively small but increasing concern. News of the arrests, splashed on front pages across the country Wednesday, raised fears among India's millions of Muslims that they could fall under greater suspicion at home and abroad.
July 4, 2007 |
At least six of the suspects in the failed London and Glasgow car bombings were foreign doctors or medical personnel working for the National Health Service, but officials still have not determined whether a foreign terrorist group sent them to Britain or whether they may have been recruited here. Ten people have been arrested or detained for questioning.
July 3, 2007 |
Last week, the young immigrant was making plans for a triumphant summer visit home, his father said. He'd just gotten a new job at a hospital, he told family members, and he recently gave a big neurosurgery speech at a medical institute. His picture had been printed in a local newspaper, he said, and he promised to bring it to Amman. He asked relatives their shoe and shirt sizes so he could buy souvenirs.