British Prime Minister Gordon Brown threatened on Wednesday to boycott a summit of European and African leaders if Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe is allowed to attend. He called on fellow heads of state to increase pressure on Harare before the planned December talks between the European Union and African Union.
Muslims angered by Britain's decision to honour author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood were rallying in London on Friday, warning that anger over the award could match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark last year.
Flawed emergency planning and communications breakdowns marred the response to last July's London transit bombings, says an official report published on Monday. The London Assembly's report highlights both the heroism and the confusion of emergency crews responding to the bombs, which killed 52 commuters and four bombers.
Moira Shearer, a British ballerina who rose to worldwide prominence with the lead role in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, has died, her husband said on Wednesday. She was 80. Shearer died on Tuesday at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, southern England, said her husband.