04-21-2018  4:40 am      •     
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The event -- inspired by regal riverside celebrations of the past -- looks set to be the largest such celebration on the Thames for hundreds of years

LONDON (CNN) -- The Thames became a sea of red, white and blue Sunday, as tens of thousands gathered to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II -- so perhaps it was only fitting that alongside all the Union Jacks, another great British tradition was very much in evidence: Gray skies and heavy rain.


Only 27 percent say they back the effort, down 10 percent from a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.


Country now represents the only major economy to withdraw completely from the energy source

TOKYO (CNN) -- As Japan began its workweek Monday morning, the trains ran exactly on time, the elevators in thousands of Tokyo high-rises efficiently moved between floors, and the lights turned on across cities with nary a glitch.


Chen, a symbol in China's civil rights movement, may be able to leave to study in the United States under still-evolving arrangements

BEIJING (AP) -- Even if China makes a rare concession and allows legal activist Chen Guangcheng to leave the country with his family, other dissidents say they don't expect a broader easing of controls.


Education inequality in Brazil is stark despite recent economic advances in country

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's top court has backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across this nation, which has more blacks than any country outside Africa yet where a severe gap in education equality between races persists.


Europeans rally to counter austerity, while America's Occupy movement shows fresh energy

MADRID (AP) -- Banging drums and waving flags, hundreds of thousands of workers marked May Day in European cities Tuesday with a mix of anger and gloom over austerity measures imposed by leaders trying to contain the eurozone's intractable debt crisis.


British military wants to station troops on top of certain buildings near Olympic Stadium

LONDON (AP) -- Some London residents are getting troops and surface-to-air missiles on their rooftops for the Summer Olympics.


143-year-old vessel gets $81 million restoration after fire

LONDON, England (CNN) -- One of Britain's most cherished maritime treasures will complete a miraculous rise from the ashes when it reopens to the public later this week.


Ruling finds the warlord-turned-president gave significant support to brutal rebels during 1991-2002 civil war

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- In a historic ruling, an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds."


More countries head north to tap energy reserves, and policing policies must now keep pace

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- To the world's military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.


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