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Watch live coverage of the London riots

Watch this live video coverage from BBC News of the riots in London.…

Clashes erupt in London on third day of violence

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths hurled missiles at police in east London on Monday as fears grew of a third night of violence in the British capital. Protesters hurled rubbish bins and supermarket trolleys at officers and police with riot shields responded by charging them as they tried to seal off…

Hackers deface Syrian defense ministry website

The website of Syria’s Ministry of Defense was offline on Monday after being defaced by the “hacktivist” group Anonymous to protest a bloody crackdown on anti-government protestors. Repeated attempts to connect to the site, www.mod.gov.sy, were met with an error message on Monday. On Sunday, the Internet vigilante group Anonymous…

London police arrest 100 after second night of riots

Police said Monday they had arrested 100 people in a second night of rioting in London, condemning it as “copycat” disorder following weekend unrest sparked by the death of a man in a police shooting. As violence which rocked the multi-ethnic northern district of Tottenham on Saturday spread to other…

Dalai Lama’s political successor sworn in

Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office Monday as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese “colonialism”. After being sworn in at a colourful ceremony in the Indian hill town of Dharamshala, Sangay warned China that the Tibet movement was “here to…

World stocks mixed as gold hits record high

Global stocks were mixed on Monday with European markets firming after the ECB signalled strong support for eurozone debt and on G7 pledges to bolster the economy, but Asian shares fell and gold surged. Concerns about weakening growth saw ‘safe haven’ investment gold shoot to a record high point above…

Great Australian WWII heroine dies at 98

Nancy Wake, Australia’s greatest World War II heroine and a prominent figure in the French Resistance known as the “The White Mouse” for her ability to evade the Germans, has died in London. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the woman who was once the Gestapo’s most wanted person, was…

Asian stocks slide after U.S. debt downgrade

Asian stocks tumbled on Monday after last week’s historic downgrade of the United States’ credit rating, which compounded concerns over the world’s biggest economy as well as the global outlook. The falls were echoed by big losses in oil while gold surged to a new record above $1,700 as investors…

Storm threatens China chemical plant

China battled Monday to avert a disaster at a chemical plant on its northeast coast as a severe tropical storm that has killed three people in South Korea approached. Workers were rushing to repair a dyke protecting a chemical plant after it was breached by high waves in the province…

UN calls rights situation in Iraq ‘fragile’

A UN report released on Monday said the human rights situation in Iraq is still “fragile,” citing issues including economic and political stagnation, continued violence and attacks on minorities. “The human rights situation throughout Iraq remains fragile as the country slowly transitions from a conflict to post-conflict country that faces…

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