• USA TodayBig Ben in London is going silent for 4 years of repairs — so no more bongs

    LONDON  — Big Ben, the giant bell on the clock at Britain’s Houses of Parliament, will be silenced from next week to allow four years of repair work.The famous gongs that ring across the River Thames will stop at noon on Aug. 21 and will only resume regular service in 2021. The bell will still ring for major events such as Remembrance Sunday and New Read more...

  • The Seattle TimesUS medal dominance could reflect doping cleanup in track

    LONDON (AP) — For years, athletes from the United States have quietly wondered how they might have fared if they had been competing on a level playing field. This year, they may have found out. Final figures from the medals standings at the world championships that wrapped up Sunday offered evidence that track and field’s attempt to crack down on Read more...

  • ReutersWorld shares, dollar rise after week of North Korea-driven losses

    LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks rose on Monday, recovering some of their poise after fears of a U.S.-North Korea nuclear standoff drove them to the biggest weekly losses of 2017, while the dollar too rose off four-month lows it had hit against the yen. Read the story on Reuters.

  • ReutersAthletics: Trinidad deny U.S. seventh successive 4×400 world title

    LONDON (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago denied United States a seventh successive world 4×400 meters relay title when Lalonde Gordon overhauled Fred Kerley on the final straight to win a breathtaking final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday. Read the story on Reuters.

  • The Wall Street JournalAmerica's 'Cable Cowboy' Lays Groundwork for Internet Dominance Beyond U.S.

    LONDON—Decades after earning the nickname the “Cable Cowboy” for building an American cable-TV empire, John Malone is at it again. This time, he has set his sights on internet delivery overseas. Mr. Malone’s investments have been making plenty of headlines in the U.S. recently. He owns a nearly one-third voting stake in Discovery Communications Inc., the television-programming… Read the story Read more...

  • BBC NewsCathedrals of commerce

    “No, I’m just looking.” Words most of us have said when approached politely by a sales assistant while browsing in a shop. Most of us will not have then experienced the sales assistant snarling: “Then ‘op it, mate!”Hearing those words in a London shop made quite an impression on Harry Gordon Selfridge. The year was 1888, and the flamboyant American Read more...

  • ReutersAthletics: Golden London run has triumphant Pearson eyeing Tokyo

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Sally Pearson will reward herself with “volumes” of greasy food after winning her second 100 meters hurdles world championship but plans to keep herself in top shape in the long-term for a tilt at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Read the story on Reuters.

  • FOX NewsTom Cruise seen limping after 'Mission: Impossible 6' stunt goes wrong

    Tom Cruise injured himself in London today when a high-octane stunt went wrong and saw him crashing into the side of a building while filming “Mission: Impossible 6.” Video footage shows the mega-star — who always performs his own stunts — taking a huge leap off some rigging onto a rooftop while attached to a harness. Read more on FOX News.

  • ReutersBritain says Brexit talks should move to next phase, as ministers show unity

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Sunday that it wants talks with the EU to move on to the next phase, as it set out details of the future relationship it envisages with the bloc and senior ministers presented a united approach to negotiations. Read the story on Reuters.

  • The Seattle Times‘Almost edible’ 106-year-old fruitcake found preserved in Antarctica’s ice

    LONDON — In one of the most hostile regions to humankind, conservationists for the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust have unearthed an ice-covered fruitcake they believe once belonged to British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. The age of the fruitcake: 106 years old. It was in “excellent condition,” a spokeswoman for the trust said. And it smelled “almost” edible. The cake, Read more...