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July 10, 2007 | Alicia Lozano, Times Staff Writer
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 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
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 | Marjorie Miller, Times Staff Writer
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 1, 2007 | Times Staff and Wire Reports; Reuters; Associated Press
1 Britain The U.S. Embassy in London reminded Americans to be "vigilant to suspicious activity" after foiled bomb plots last week in London. Hours later, police confirmed a second explosives-rigged car was found nearby, as of the Travel section's Friday deadline. The first car bomb was defused shortly after 1 a.m. Friday as an ambulance crew, who was treating someone outside the Tiger Tiger club near Piccadilly Circus, saw a car filled with smoke.
April 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Four men pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with an Al Qaeda-linked operative convicted of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and other targets in the United States and Britain. The men pleaded guilty in a London court to plotting to cause explosions with Dhiren Barot, who was sentenced to life in prison in November for planning attacks on several U.S. financial targets, London hotels and train stations.
April 20, 2007 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
If Los Angeles could hear the lavish grousing about the London 2012 Summer Olympics even five years out, it might find a new four-letter word for Saturday's narrow Olympic bid loss to Chicago. Whew. Thanks for not choosing us! Wait, if you think about it, we won! London "won" in an upset over Paris in July 2005, and the 21 ensuing months have brought some fine fare from the country that's the best in the world at looking in the mirror and locating tough assessments.
April 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is teaming up with London's Old Vic theater company and Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes to produce two plays a year that will run at both theaters. The three-year venture, known as the Bridge Project, will start in 2008, when Mendes will direct a double bill of "Hamlet" and "The Tempest" featuring a cast of American and British actors. The shows will play in Brooklyn from January to March and in London through May and June.
March 23, 2007 | Janet Stobart and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
Three men were arrested Thursday in connection with the July 2005 explosions on the London transport system that marked suicide terrorism's deadly debut in Western Europe. British police did not say what role the men were believed to have played in the bombings, which killed 52 people. Officials described the arrests as part of a "painstaking investigation" aimed at learning the true scope of the attack plot.
March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Stories of criminals, ghosts, shipwrecks and pirates swirled through the busy streets of 18th century London. Competing writers spun outlandish stories, and selling the tales was part of the street commerce, like hawking a criminal's last confession before execution. A new exhibit at the Boston Public Library gives a glimpse of that lively world, where the modern novel had its roots.
February 25, 2007
What: Kensington Roof Gardens Where: 99 Kensington High St. Why take the detour: The clamor on one of London's most vibrant thoroughfares may seem a million miles from the calm of the countryside, but Kensington High Street visitors need only look up for a pastoral respite. About 100 feet above the urban fray, the Roof Gardens are a 1.5-acre idyll of flamingos, exotic plant life and dozens of 60-year-old trees -- some more than 40 feet tall.
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