Queen Elizabeth II declared the 2012 Summer Olympic Games officially open in London on Friday evening during an energetic, star-filled and humorous celebration of British culture and history put together by film director Danny Boyle.
In today's international press review, we focus on the war on Syria, Kim Jong-un's new wife, the diplomatic clash at the Olympics and the story of a young boy who managed to fly to Rome without a passport.
Less than a week from the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, the symbolic flame has begun its seven-day tour around the British capital after being lowered from a helicopter by a Royal Marine to the Tower of London.
Western Europe’s tallest tower officially opens in London Thursday, with the ‘Shard’ receiving a frosty welcome from many Londoners. The Qatari-funded 1.5 billion pound creation resembles a giant glass splinter, and now dominates the London skyline.
As London prepares for the 2012 Olympics, France 24’s Eve Jackson takes us on an arts and entertainment marathon around the city. Sport may be taking over, but it’s a very close race and culture has a tight lead with thousands of events taking place.
Former England captain David Beckham said Thursday he had not been picked for his country’s football squad for the 2012 Olympic Games. Critics had long been afraid of Beckham stealing the London Games’ spotlight for himself.
Princess Anne and footballer David Beckham (pictured) carried the Olympic flame onto British soil from a specially chartered plane Friday, ahead of a 70-day tour of the country which will culminate in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games.
Thousands of police officers joined a demonstration by public sector workers in the British capital on Thursday to protest against ongoing government cuts. Around 20,000 police took to the streets, but authorities dismissed the protest as futile.