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Gilani likely to call on Nawaz in London

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will embark upon a private visit to the UK after chairing the federal cabinet meeting today (Wednesday). He would fly to London to inquire after the health of his ailing son, Haider Gilani, who may undergo surgery for hepatic cyst.
During his stay in London, which is known for behind-the-scene political manoeuvrings, Gilani is likely to call on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to inquire about his health.
The possible meeting between the

Stars to honor Gorbachev at London charity bash

LONDON – Movie stars, singers and politicians will turn out on Wednesday for a gala concert in London to honor former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month.
The glitzy red carpet affair, co-hosted by U.S. actors Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone, underlines the celebrity status Gorbachev enjoys in the West, where he is widely perceived as the man who freed Eastern Europe from Soviet rule and ended a Cold War nuclear standoff.

Britons protest in London over govt cuts

LONDON – Tens of thousands of Britons opposed to government austerity cuts were expected to join the biggest rally in the capital since protests against war in Iraq in 2003. Union leaders say more than 200,000 people angry at deep public spending cuts, rising unemployment, tax rises and pension reforms could join the demonstration on Saturday. Police fear simmering resentment could lead to a repeat of violence seen last December when student protests against higher university tuition

Salman reaches London for hearing

LAHORE – Banned Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt reached London on Tuesday to face the corruption charges leveled against him by the Scotland Yard, while Mohammad Amir is waiting for his visa documents. It will be their first appearance before a magistrate’s court there on Thursday to face corruption charges in connection with the spot-fixing scandal last year.
Butt left for London on Tuesday morning while Amir will do so tomorrow after getting his visa. Fast bowler Muhammad Asif,

FIA sends Musharraf’s arrest warrants to London

ISLAMABAD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has dispatched non-bailable arrest warrants for former president Pervez Musharraf, also a retired Chief of the Army Staff, to the Pakistan High Commission in London, a private TV channel reported on Sunday.
Musharraf could be declared a proclaimed offender if his arrest was not possible, the channel said, and confiscation of his properties is also likely. The FIA had requested for more time to arrest the former president at the

London ship insurers add Libya to high-risk list

LONDON – London’s marine insurance market has added Libya to a list of areas deemed high risk as violence escalates in Africa’s third-largest oil producer, a senior market official said. Heavily armed rebels clashed with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on the outskirts of the key oil terminal of Ras Lanuf as the head of Libya’s rebel council vowed “victory or death”. “The emerging risk had reached a level where as a matter of prudence insurers will require notification from vessels

Harry Potter London studio tour opens in 2012

LONDON – Harry Potter fans can catch a glimpse of how the movies were made starting in spring next year, when Hollywood studio Warner Bros. opens the doors of its Leavesden facilities where much of the franchise was filmed. Called Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, the tour will feature original sets, costumes, props and effects used in all eight ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Among the exhibits on the three-hour tour is the set for the Great Hall at Hogwarts School

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded

Garfield shines at London Film Awards

Hollywood newcomer Andrew Garfield upsets Oscars favourite Colin Firth to scoop a Best Actor prize at the Evening Standard Film Awards in London on Monday. The 27 year old was recognised for his roles in ‘Never Let Me Go’ and ‘The Social Network,’ putting an end to Firth’s monopoly of the awards season for his turn as King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech.’
In a filmed message, Garfield told the crowd at the London Film Museum, “I really, really appreciate it and intend to let

Shoe hurled at Musharraf in London

LAHORE – Former president and chief of the All Pakistan Muslim League, Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, was thrown a shoe at during a conference in London. Musharraf was addressing the gathering when the incident occurred, however the shoe fell in the front rows and failed to reach Musharraf.
The security personnel sprung to action and took the man out of the place. The attacker kept chanting slogans in favour of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, currently in the US detention. The man who hurled the

Former London Police officers call on IGP

LAHORE – A two-member London Police delegation called on Punjab Police Inspector General (IGP) Javed Iqbal at the Punjab Central Police Office (CPO) on Monday for establishing a new command and control system.
The delegation consisting of former London Metro Police chief of operations Tariq Ghafoor and Dr Amanat Hussain has a vast experience of establishing command and control system in London and Dubai, UAE.
The delegation would stay in Lahore for three weeks. Keeping in

London Marathon gets ‘Ritz’ treatment

LONDON – Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time US cross-country champion, has been added to the list of runners at this year’s London Marathon, organisers said Monday.
Ritzenhein will be up against Ethiopia’s defending champion Tsegaye Kebede and the Kenyan duo of Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru and world champion Abel Kirui in a strong field for the men’s race on April 17. The 28-year-old Ritzenhein, set his personal best of two hours 10 minutes for the marathon in London in 2009 and

Travellers face another London Tube strike

LONDON – Londoners face more transport disruption after a 24-hour strike was called on part of the underground train system in support of two sacked drivers. The strike will take place from the evening of January 14 and will affect the Bakerloo and Northern lines, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said on Monday.
Workers walked out on a similar 24-hour strike last month. Commuters have already had to endure severe disruption across the network in a separate dispute between

Israel says London home to Hamas hub

JERUSALEM – Israel’s defence ministry has accused a London-based Palestinian centre of “terror-affiliated activities” and being the organisational arm of the militant Islamic Hamas movement in Europe. Hamas,
which controls the Gaza Strip and advocates violent opposition to the Jewish state, is designated by the European Union as a terrorist organisation. An Israeli defence ministry statement issued on Tuesday said that the Palestinian Return Centre organises conferences in

2 million register for London Games tickets

LONDON – Two million people have registered an interest for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games, despite the prices being higher than initially promised, the head of the organising committee said Saturday.
Paul Deighton expects a further 500,000 to sign up for information updates by the time the 6.6 million tickets for the public go on sale in March. “One of the key things for us in March is to make sure that things go smoothly,” said Deighton, the chief executive of the

Salman asks tribunal to put off hearing

KARACHI – Former Pakistan cricket team captain Salman Butt said on Tuesday that he asked an anti-corruption tribunal to put off a hearing next month so he can deal with any possible criminal proceedings in London.
Along with pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, the 26-year-old cricketer was provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on charges of spot-fixing during Lord’s Test against England in August.
The trio faces an ICC tribunal in Doha from