Despite the horror of it all, one of the most amusing stories of the day involves the public reaction to Britain's Royal Horticultural Society's decision to allow the presence of garden gnomes at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.
An attack in broad daylight in London on Wednesday is drawing a swift response — and a possible terror link — from the highest authorities. Reports suggest two men chased down another man with their car before getting out, attacking him with a machete, and dragging him through the city streets.
There have now been two cases of animal actors being fired from stage productions this month. It appears some cats and dogs can't take direction like they used to, and that the life of a pet thespian is pretty demanding these days.
Despite widespread reports yesterday that they skipped "Satisfaction" to avoid the city's 11 p.m. curfew, The Sun now reports that the band already went past a 10:30 p.m. time limit and is facing a fine for rocking out 35 minutes too long.
The septuagenarians ended their first 50th-anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena with a whimper and couldn't play the biggest hit of their 50-year careers because the rock stars decided to obey the city's strict curfew.
The whole purpose for Julian Assange to seek refuge in Ecuador's London embassy is that British police can't go in there because it's considered sovereign territory, but now Ecuador says Britain is threatening a raid if it doesn't hand Assange over.
Ecuador's president and at least one unnamed government official walked back a report from The Guardian on Tuesday that the country would offer political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Talk of London Mayor Boris Johnson making a bid for Prime Minister got some steam when Rupert Murdoch reportedly backed the idea, but there's at least one guy who isn't so sure about the whole thing: Yep, Boris Johnson.
The Olympics are off to a great start. There's already been high profile match-ups, down-to-the-wire competition, and athletes taking things too personally. The only problem is the huge amount of empty seats left by the organizers and sponsors in the stadiums. They're kind of a bummer.
In cleaning up London's graffiti for the Olympics city authorities threaten to squelch the work one of its biggest celebrities, the street artist Banksy, but on Monday the secretive graffiti artist showed he wouldn't be deterred from creating Olympics-related art.
Even the British group responsible for health and safety are mad about concert promoters cutting off the Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney duet on Saturday night in London.
So, did you hear the big news that Saudi Arabia is finally sending women to to the Olympics? If you live in Saudi Arabia, there's a good chance you didn't.
Women in Saudi Arabia are forbidden from driving, but they can now compete in this summer's Olympic Games. Well, one of them can.
If China's aim was to show off its organization and power during its 2008 Olympic opening ceremony, the vibe British filmmaker Danny Boyle is going for this summer is almost the opposite: Pastoral serenity.
The New York Times on Frozen Planet, The Daily Beast on climate change, The Guardian on the 2012 Olympics, The Washington Post on fish labels, and the BBC on a white orca
After a day of staring at Twitter, we're sharing our favorite tweets that made no sense
Today in sports: Gisele Bündchen is already blaming husband Tom Brady's receivers for New England's loss, Seattle could be close to landing an NBA team, and expect slow Internet service in London during this summer's Olympics.
Now six months away, artistic director Danny Boyle reveals some of his plans for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. They include the ringing of the largest bell in Europe.
Plus: The author of 'The Shack' signs a deal to write a follow-up
As judges hand down tough sentences for people involved in riots
Pew has analyzed 'new' and 'old' media coverage of the unrest
Some unlikely characters were involved in the violence, disorder and looting
As unrest continues in London, Cameron has recruited a veteran police chief
The man was attacked after trying to put out a fire during the rioting Monday evening.
The 'Go Forth' spot showed a scene from Berlin's May Day riots
The looters--who we're learning more about today--bypassed books
"When people are using social media for violence we need to stop them"
The British PM addressed Parliament during an emergency session
The Pentagon has CONPLAN 3501 and 3502 to suppress domestic insurrection
Map confirms it: poverty underpins riots
Authoritarian regimes relish turning the tables on their frequent Western critics
Commission rules gun belonging to Duggan found at the scene was never fired
Increased police presence calms London streets, but other cities suffer from depleted troops
Writer Darcus Howe challenges the charge that he's a 'rioter'
The British press is serving up interactives to chart the unrest
It appears the British are readying themselves for battle
An 1886 law says the police must pay for the damages. Guess who pays for the police…
Are they criminal acts or consequences of racial and socioeconomic factors?
Twitter, Flickr and eBay are all helping clean up the mess in the UK
Rolling pin-wielding restaurant staff and Iranian finger-wagging
Disturbances escalated Monday as violence went well into the night.
Twitter defenders point the finger at BlackBerry Messenger for aiding mayhem
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