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Indian firm buys Canada embassy building in London for $530 mn

India's largest real estate developer Lodha Group said Friday it has bought Canada's embassy building in London's prime Mayfair district for around $530 million. The seven-storey Canadian High Commission in Grosvenor Square, known as Macdonald House, will be converted into luxury residences for the super-rich, Indian media said. "We will create a world-class development, which befits the status of the address," said Abhishek Lodha, managing director of Lodha Group.

Canada sells London diplomatic mansion for $530 million to Indian developer

OTTAWA - Canada's top diplomat in the United Kingdom says security concerns were one consideration in the $530-million sale of the historic London mansion that houses part of the Canadian High Commission. But High Commissioner Gordon Campbell said Canada managed to sell Macdonald House at One Grosvenor Square in London to the highest bidder, an Indian developer.

London council sells Chinese antiques for millions

A south London council raised millions of pounds Wednesday after controversially selling Chinese antique ceramic items at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong. The collection, including vases, bowls and boxes, fetched a total of HK$102.4 million ($13.2 million) for Croydon Council -- with a blue and white Ming dynasty moonflask the most expensive item at HK$28.1 million. The 24 items, seven of which were left unsold, had been on public display after being purchased from a local businessman in the 1960s.

Sister of London 'Maoist slave' flies in from Malaysia

The sister of one of the women allegedly held captive by a Maoist couple in London for 30 years was flying from Malaysia on Wednesday to meet her, as more details of the sordid case emerged. Kamar Mahtum was travelling to London hoping to confirm her long-lost sister Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, 69, was one of three women at the centre of a case that has shocked Britain. Siti Aishah came to Britain as a high-flying student in around 1968 but turned her back on her family after joining the radical left.

British 'slavery' case couple 'were Maoists'

A couple who allegedly held three women as "slaves" in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to media reports on Monday. The couple, named by British newspapers as Indian-born Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife Chanda, were arrested Thursday after their three alleged captives were freed in a police operation. One of the victims, aged 30, is believed to have spent her entire life in servitude.

British 'slavery' case couple 'were Maoists'

A couple who allegedly held three women as "slaves" in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to media reports on Monday. The couple, named by British newspapers as Indian-born Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife Chanda, were arrested Thursday after their three alleged captives were freed in a police operation. One of the victims, aged 30, is believed to have spent her entire life in servitude.

Football: Fulham deeper in trouble after Swans defeat

Fulham were left facing the prospect of a long Premier League relegation battle after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Swansea on Saturday. Substitue Jonjo Shelvey's winner 10 minutes from time at Craven Cottage cemented Fulham's place in the bottom three and they are now looking over their shoulders at Crystal Palace, just three points below them after winning at Hull and level with bottom club Sunderland.

Football: Fulham deeper in trouble after Swans defeat

Fulham were left facing the prospect of a long Premier League relegation battle after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Swansea on Saturday. Substitute Jonjo Shelvey's winner 10 minutes from time at Craven Cottage cemented Fulham's place in the bottom three and they are now looking over their shoulders at Crystal Palace, just three points below them after winning at Hull and level with bottom club Sunderland.

French shooting suspect lived, married in Britain

The French suspect arrested over this week's shootings in Paris lived in Britain for 13 years and got married there, reports in British newspapers said Friday. Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48, came to Britain after serving a jail sentence for his role in a multiple murder in France in the 1990s, several newspapers said. He initially moved to Ilford in east London and worked in a restaurant in a shopping centre before returning briefly to France, the Times newspaper said, without citing sources.

London Underground to see some 24-hr service on weekends, ticket-office closures that cut jobs

LONDON - London's subway system is planning to introduce 24-hour service on the weekends on some lines under new plans that will involve closing all ticket offices and cutting 750 jobs by 2015. Transport for London — which operates the London Underground, known locally as the Tube — also promised contactless bank-card payment technology and extended Wi-Fi coverage at stations. The transport authority said staff will be taken out of ticket offices and based in other places such as platforms.
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