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European stocks rebound to end higher

Europe's main stock markets closed higher on Thursday ahead of the Easter weekend, shaking off early losses as investors kept a wary eye on diplomatic talks over the Ukraine crisis. London's FTSE 100 ended up 0.62 percent compared to Wednesday's closing level, at 6,625.25 points. Germany's DAX 30 rose 0.99 percent to finish the day at 9,409.71 points and the CAC-40 in Paris gained 0.59 percent to close on 4,431.81 points. cah/jhp

Wow! Kate Bush returns to the stage 35 years after only tour

British singer Kate Bush on Friday announced a surprise series of live shows in London later this year, 35 years after her one and only tour. The 55-year-old, who recently launched a new album, "50 Words For Snow", will play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo in August and September. Bush had her first number one in Britain at the age of just 19 with "Wuthering Heights" in 1978, and went on tour for six weeks the following year.

Going up: 236 towers to reshape London skyline

More than 230 new towers are planned to sprout in central London in a radical transformation of the skyline, an architectural think-tank said on Thursday. New London Architecture said 236 tall buildings of 20 storeys or more are proposed, approved or under construction in London. In a city where most towers have traditionally been dedicated to office space, demand is now being led by residential use to profit from some of the highest property prices in the world.

Trial opens over infamous riots murder of UK policeman

The trial opened on Monday over the infamous murder of British policeman Keith Blakelock during 1985 riots in London, with prosecutors describing how an armed mob attacked him shouting "kill the pig". Blakelock, who was stabbed more than 40 times, was almost decapitated during the frenzied attack on the Broadwater Farm housing estate in Tottenham, the Old Bailey court heard.

Mandela to be remembered in London's Westminster Abbey

A stone is to be laid in Westminster Abbey in memory of Nelson Mandela, the London royal church said ahead of a memorial service Monday for the former South African president. Around 2,000 people are expected in the abbey for the service celebrating Mandela's life and work, including members of the global statesman's family. Among those due to attend were British Prime Minister David Cameron and South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Prince Harry, fourth in line to the throne, will represent Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the Commonwealth.

Police in Spain and Britain arrest 110 in swoop on 'boiler room' financial fraudsters

LONDON - Police have arrested 110 people in Britain, Spain, Serbia and the United States in a swoop targeting financial fraudsters. Police raided 35 properties in the four countries in connection with "boiler room" gangs who dupe victims into buying worthless or nonexistent shares. Of the arrests, 84 were in Spain, 20 in Britain, four in Serbia and two in the U.S. Most were on suspicion of money laundering and fraud. About 300 police in Spain and 40 in London carried out raids in Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella and London.

Football: Relegation fears cause Fulham to press panic button

As Steven Gerrard leapt into the air in celebration of his late winner for Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, Fulham owner Shahid Khan could feel the relegation trapdoor opening beneath his feet. Fulham's 18th defeat in 26 games this season had left the west London club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, with just 12 matches remaining to preserve their place in the lucrative English top-flight.

London tube strike causes second day of travel chaos

By Belinda Goldsmith and Julia Fioretti LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of commuters faced a second day of travel chaos on Thursday due to a 48-hour strike by London Underground workers angry over ticket office closures and job cuts, with no sign of an end to the standoff between unions and rail bosses. Staff from the two main rail unions began the first of two planned 48-hour "tube" strikes late on Tuesday, reducing the city's vital Underground network used by three million people daily to a skeleton service.

Skateboarders force London arts centre to halt demolition plans

One of the world's best-known skateboarding spots has been saved from demolition after a campaign by London skaters that was backed by mayor Boris Johnson. The Southbank arts centre announced plans last March to fund a new £120 million ($195 million, 145 million euro) wing by knocking down a set of concrete banks which skateboarders have been using for four decades, and replacing them with coffee shops and restaurants. It offered to build a new skatepark under a nearby bridge over the River Thames.

London Tube strike disrupts commute for millions

Millions of commuters in London faced delays and disruption on Wednesday after Tube staff went on strike over plans to close ticket offices on the subway train system. The 48-hour walk-out on the network, which carries one billion passengers a year, led to three of the 11 Tube lines being shut and others operating a reduced service, while many stations were closed.
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