London 2012: Taxi drivers bring forward Olympic traffic lanes protest

London taxi drivers have brought forward a protest over a ban on using Olympic traffic lanes after police imposed restrictions on the demonstration.

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London 2012: UK Tamil community set for mass protests as Sri Lanka’s controversial president confirms he will attend Olympics

Sri Lanka’s controversial president will travel to London for the Olympic Games in what could spark mass protests from Britain’s Tamil community, The Independent has learned.

Three Nato service members killed in Afghanistan

Insurgent attacks have killed three Nato service members in eastern Afghanistan.

Protester who set himself on fire dies

Moshe Silman, who made headlines across the world by setting himself on fire during a social justice protest in Tel Aviv last weekend, died yesterday. He had suffered second and third degree burns on 94 per cent of his body.

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Terry verdict makes racist jibes cool

I've been trying to avoid the cloudburst, the torrent of questions and comments following the John Terry case. Broadcasters, here and abroad, wanted my reactions, so did readers. What did I think of the case? What of racism in football? And racism in Britain generally? Was Anton Ferdinand a fool for taking things so far? Did I admire Ashley Cole for standing by Terry? Why do we blacks have such a chip on the shoulder? They should sack all black footballers, nothing but trouble.

People take the streets in Damascus after an assault by forces loyal to President Assad

Assad troops move on Damascus as massacre toll is cut

Rebels say total mistakenly included those wounded in Tremseh

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Forget boring chat about body-mass indexes, kilograms and body-fat percentages – the new fun way to look at your weight is with the global fat scale.

Israeli protester sets himself on fire at rally

An Israeli protester set himself alight during a rally Saturday night marking the anniversary of a wave of demonstrations that swept the country to protest the high cost of living and other social issues, authorities said.

UN observers says Syria killings are 'targeted'

UN observers investigating Syria's latest reported mass killing said they found signs of a heavy assault that targeted specific homes of regime opponents.

Islamists boycott election in Jordan

The powerful Muslim Brotherhood has said it will boycott the forthcoming parliamentary elections in protest at the kingdom's election laws, saying that recent reforms fall short of its demands.

Ed Miliband unveils Labour's 'new' signing Tony Blair

At the Arsenal stadium, Blair joins team Miliband – but not all supporters will be cheering

Assad agrees to peace plan

President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to a new UN-brokered peace plan focusing on containing the most violent areas of Syria, then expanding to the entire nation, Kofi Annan, the international envoy, said yesterday.

Teargas used in Ukraine protests over language law

Police fired teargas and used batons to disperse hundreds of protesters in Kiev today after parliament voted to make Russian, rather than Ukrainian, the main language in schools and local government in some parts of the former Soviet republic.

'43 killed' in Damascus shelling

At least 43 people have died in two days of Government shelling of a rebellious suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say.

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