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July 20, 2007 | Alicia Lozano, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | Alicia Lozano, Times Staff Writer
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 | 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 22, 2007 | Beth Gardiner, Special to The Times
Ahunk of butter, a little garlic and a handful of mushrooms -- Sporeboys owners David Robinson and Andrew Gellatly toss fresh chanterelles, portobellos and cepes in a saute pan, sprinkle a bit of pecorino cheese and parsley on top and throw it all between two slices of fresh-baked bread. Eager lunchtime crowds line up for their sandwiches at the London markets where the two set up their stall.
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.
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