January 4, 2007
Since 1485, the yeoman warders patrolling the Tower of London have been men. But officials said a woman was about to break into the ranks at the royal fortress. The woman who will join the blue-and-red-uniformed warders, also known as beefeaters, was not identified but is a member of the military, as are the 35 others with whom she will serve, spokeswoman Natasha Woollard said. The woman warder is to replace a retiree in late summer.
December 10, 2006 |
The mystery surrounding the poisoning death of a former Russian spy has veered to Germany, where investigators Saturday found traces of radiation in an apartment connected with a businessman who met the ex-KGB agent on the day he fell ill. Police said "hints" of radiation were detected in the Hamburg apartment of Dmitry Kovtun's former wife. Traces were also discovered in the nearby suburban home of the ex-wife's mother. Kovtun met with ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko on Nov.
December 8, 2006 |
A rare tornado ripped off a section of a wall of a northwest London house Thursday, damaged several nearby homes and injured at least six people, British authorities said. A man was taken to a hospital with a head injury, and five other adults were treated at the scene for minor injuries and shock, London Ambulance Service said. "It came from nowhere -- the sky turned dark, hail started falling and then within 10 minutes it was gone," resident Perrin Sledge said.
October 28, 2006 |
A judge in London granted bail to two people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners with liquid explosives. Nabeel Hussain, 22, and a 17-year-old male were granted bail. The judge denied bail to 24-year-old Cossor Ali, the only woman charged. Hussain is charged with conspiracy to murder and preparing acts of terrorism. Ali is accused of failing to disclose information about a possible terrorist attack.
September 23, 2006 |
Giorgio Armani invaded London this week -- sitting in the front row at a young designer's fashion show, receiving an honorary degree from the University of the Arts London and guest editing an issue of the Independent newspaper, where he tinted black the faces of famous models to help focus attention on AIDS in Africa.
September 20, 2006 |
A major terrorism trial here was interrupted Tuesday when a defendant accused Pakistan's intelligence service of threatening his relatives in the South Asian nation after he testified that the spy agency played a role in training Islamic militants. Omar Khyam, an accused leader among seven men charged in 2004 with stockpiling half a ton of explosives in an Al Qaeda-linked bombing plot, took the stand Tuesday long enough to refuse to continue his testimony.
September 16, 2006 |
Dustin Hoffman, Tim Burton and Forest Whitaker are among the celluloid celebs lined up to attend the 50th London Film Festival. The festival opens Oct. 18 with Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland," which stars Whitaker as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. It closes Nov. 2 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's multi-stranded saga "Babel," starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal.
July 29, 2006 |
Daniel Radcliffe will strip off his Harry Potter eyeglasses and robes for his London stage debut next year. The 17-year-old actor, who plays the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels, will star as a troubled stableboy in a revival of Peter Shaffer's "Equus." The play delves into the psyche of a boy named Alan Strang who blinds six horses with a metal spike.
July 18, 2006 |
Police officers who shot and killed a Brazilian man they mistook for a suicide bomber will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Monday in a decision a relative called "unbelievable." Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was killed by police on a London subway train July 22, 2005 -- two weeks after four bombers killed themselves and 52 commuters on three subway trains and a bus, and a day after a failed set of attacks.
July 7, 2006 |
As Britain prepared to mark the first anniversary today of the London terrorist attacks that killed 52 commuters, so did Al Qaeda's propaganda network. It issued a videotape that was aired Thursday evening on the satellite television channel Al Jazeera. On the tape, Shahzad Tanweer, 22, who detonated the bomb on a subway train near the Aldgate Underground station, killing himself and six others, said the attacks would continue "until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq."