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British Batman unmasked as joker, not crime fighter

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After making headlines around the world for handing over a suspect to police, the identity of Britain's mysterious caped crusader has been revealed as Stan, a take-out food delivery man.


London Games Over, Future of Olympic Stadium Remains Uncertain

Olympic Stadium

In “Twenty Twelve,” a satirical British television series last year that mocked the shambolic efforts of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission to organize the Summer Games, the committee at one point faces a terrible problem: It has somehow failed to find a future use for its 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium. An official known as the “head of sustainability” is reduced to begging an obscure soccer team and the owner of a defunct dog-racing outfit to consider moving in.


Gas cloud causes stink from Paris to London

A foul-smelling cloud of gas escaped from a factory in northern France on Tuesday, making life unpleasant from the outskirts of Paris to Britain's shores and prompting scores of emergency calls.


Duchess' first portrait is ... well ....

Kate Middleton

The first official portrait of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been unveiled at London's National Portrait Gallery -- but has met with a mixed reaction from art critics and the public. Award-winning artist Paul Emsley, who spent three-and-a-half months painting the Duchess's likeness, said he had tried to portray her warmth and personality in the picture.


Stolen Olympic medal is returned

One of two Olympic bronze medals that were stolen from a nightclub in London has been recovered, police say.


Anti-austerity march in London today

Protesters are expected to march through London on Saturday to voice their opposition to austerity measures imposed by the UK government, union leaders said.


Stalemate: Assange still stuck in embassy

London Embassy

The furor over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's future entered stalemate mode Friday as he remained holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, his home for nearly two months, following an extraordinary display of brinkmanship between Britain and the South American country.


Biggest London fire 'for years'

More than 200 firefighters have tackled a blaze described by London Fire Brigade as the biggest seen in the capital for several years. The brigade was called at about 13:15 BST when flames took hold at a recycling centre in Dagenham, east London.


StanChart begins fightback on Iran allegations

Standard Chartered won some help from Britain's central bank governor on Wednesday in its fightback against the New York banking regulator's allegations that it had hidden $250 billion of transactions with Iran.


UK Olympics trainee charged over bomb threat

Officials say an Olympics security trainee has been charged with making a bomb threat ahead of the games last month. Police said Saturday that 21-year-old Thomas Hall was due to appear at a hearing at Thames Magistrates' Court, in east London, later this month.


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