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UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

UK Immigration Staff Calls off Planned Strike on Eve of Olympics

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Travelers flying into London just in time for the summer Olympic Games will be spared from massive delays at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.The union representing British border guards on Wednesday called off a…

UK Deploys Additional 1,200 Troops to Secure Olympic Games

UK Deploys Additional 1,200 Troops to Secure Olympic Games

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — With just three days to go before the summer Olympics kick off in London, the British government has decided to deploy an additional 1,200 troops who were on standby to boost security at the Games.The move come…

IOC Turns Down Minute of Silence to Honor Slain Israeli Athletes

IOC Turns Down Minute of Silence to Honor Slain Israeli Athletes

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The International Olympic Committee has officially ruled out holding a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of 11 Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 …

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — As the clock continues to tick towards the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Olympic torch made its arrival in the host city on Friday, but not without some drama. After taveling for 63 days a…

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

Olympic Torch Arrives in London

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — As the clock continues to tick towards the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Olympic torch made its arrival in the host city on Friday, but not without some drama. After taveling for 63 days a…

McDonald’s Announces Menu for Olympic Park

McDonald’s Announces Menu for Olympic Park

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) — Four McDonald’s restaurants will takeover Olympic Park at this year’s events in London.Traditional McDonald’s items — the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Filet-O-Fish and Chicken McNuggets — comprise the…

Female Olympians Fly Coach While Men Go Business Class

Female Olympians Fly Coach While Men Go Business Class

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — When the Japanese women’s soccer team set out on their quest for Olympic gold, they found themselves at a disadvantage before the games even began: They were jammed into economy class on a grueling flight to Europ…

US Olympians’ Arrival Marked by Logistical Snafus

US Olympians’ Arrival Marked by Logistical Snafus

Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — British officials were hoping Monday would bring relief from a barrage of bad news in the countdown to the London Olympics, now just 10 days away. But while Heathrow Airport shuttled through a record number of t…

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London Olympics

Report: Supermodels, Top Musicians to Close London Olympics

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The crème of British fashion models will strut their stuff in front of the world during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Games, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Kate Moss, Naomi C…

Obama Weighs in on Dream Team Controversy

Obama Weighs in on Dream Team Controversy

JIM WATSON/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) — Getting a firsthand look at the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team at an exhibition game against Brazil, President Obama Monday night praised the London-bound squad, but shot down claims that they are better tha…

2012 London Olympics: Officials Acknowledge Surprising Security Gaps

2012 London Olympics: Officials Acknowledge Surprising Security Gaps

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — With less than two weeks before the Olympic torch is lit in London, British officials are offering public assurances that despite high-profile media reports on potential cracks in the $2 billion Olympic securit…

Springsteen’s Guitarist Calls England ‘Police State’ After The Boss and McCartney Silenced

Springsteen’s Guitarist Calls England ‘Police State’ After The Boss and McCartney Silenced

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(LONDON) — A Bruce Springsteen concert in London’s Hyde Park ended in controversy on Saturday night after The Boss’ microphone was cut off when the show ran over its allotted time.Springsteen performed 29 songs, p…

Military Called In as London Olympic Security Shows Cracks

Military Called In as London Olympic Security Shows Cracks

Steve Rose/Getty Images(LONDON) — With just 16 days before the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, British officials are struggling to put the finishing touches on the $2 billion security package they have been working on for 7 years — and…

London Olympics: Effort to Ban Missiles from Apartment Buildings Rejected

London Olympics: Effort to Ban Missiles from Apartment Buildings Rejected

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — A British judge has rejected an effort by residents of a 17-story apartment building near the London site of the upcoming Summer Olympics to ban a surface-to-air missile battery from their roof.The residents cl…

American Heiress Found Dead in London

American Heiress Found Dead in London

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — One of Britain’s richest men is being held by police in connection with the death of his American wife, who was found dead in the couple’s London home.Eva Rausing, 48, was found dead in her Belgravia home by Metropolit…

Terror Suspect Tagged, Tracked, Nabbed Near Olympic Park

Terror Suspect Tagged, Tracked, Nabbed Near Olympic Park

Steve Rose/Getty Images(LONDON) — An accused terrorist was re-arrested for repeatedly getting too close to London’s Olympic Park thanks to a GPS monitoring device. British authorities have used the device in special cases to track terror suspect…

UK Places Anti-Aircraft Missiles Atop Homes As Summer Olympics Near

UK Places Anti-Aircraft Missiles Atop Homes As Summer Olympics Near

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The British government confirmed Tuesday that it had placed missile batteries at six sites around London in advance of the upcoming Summer Olympics, including atop two apartment buildings where residents had …

Famous London Clock Tower Renamed in Honor of Queen

Famous London Clock Tower Renamed in Honor of Queen

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Old habits die hard, so it’s anyone’s guess whether Londoners can call the clock tower of Britain’s parliament anything but Big Ben.They may not have much of a choice since it’s been renamed Elizabeth Tower by the Hous…

Prince William’s Belated Beach Birthday Celebration

Prince William’s Belated Beach Birthday Celebration

Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain’s Prince William celebrated his 30th birthday with a belated beach party over the weekend.The prince’s birthday was actually on Thursday, but the future king apparently spent it quietl…

Prince William’s Belated Beach Birthday Celebration

Prince William’s Belated Beach Birthday Celebration

Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Britain’s Prince William celebrated his 30th birthday with a belated beach party over the weekend.The prince’s birthday was actually on Thursday, but the future king apparently spent it quietl…

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