Athletes and spectators are gearing up for Wednesday evening's opening of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, set to be the biggest ever held.
British tabloid The Sun on Friday became the first mainstream British newspaper to publish photographs of a vacationing Prince Harry in the nude.
Ecuador granted Julian Assange asylum over fears of political persecution Thursday, but it was hardly a reprieve as Britain vowed to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to Sweden to face questioning on sex crime charges.
The 2012 Summer Games end with a bang in the skies over London.
There were so many golden moments at the London 2012 Games, but for me, the moment that Team GB's Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters was a wonderful collision of electricity.
What has happened to my country? This last fortnight has made me feel like a foreigner in my own home as a collective wave of happy-clappy good will descended on this once curmudgeonly isle. Where has our natural suspicion of organized fun gone, our disdain for overt displays of emotion, our celebration of hapless failures.
Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen says she believes the doping allegations against her are "really unfair."
Women's Olympic shot put champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been stripped of her gold medal after testing positive for a banned substance.
If voters in the United Kingdom were offered the chance tomorrow, in a snap referendum, to change the name of the nation to "Team GB" the result would hardly be in doubt.
Trust the British to get it right -- in the end. When it comes to taking stock on London 2012, I believe the London Games will be regarded as having brought the Olympics concept home.
CNN's Jim Boulden interviews Daniel Moylan, Chairman of London Legacy Development Corporation.
CNN's Phil Han takes a look at how the Royal Mail is celebrating each team UK gold medal with a special stamp.
Since starting with plenty of pomp, the 2012 London Olympics has been a forum for a number of stunning performances. Yet that won't be the case for much longer, as athletes have just two days left to realize their Olympic dreams. Here are five things to watch for Saturday, when 31 gold medals will be on the line:
Great Britain said Friday it plans to send an extra 5 million pounds in aid to the Syrian rebels.
The United States has injury worries on the track while the basketball team worries about a familiar foe.
Usain Bolt bids to become the first man to win the Olympic sprint double twice while World Cup champ Japan seeks to win a second major football title.
Smiles on Olympic volunteers, trains running on time and all the Gold medals. Its so un-British Jim Boulden reports.
A German tries again for a piece of gold medal history, and the sprint queens will find glory just around the corner.
It's a big day at track and field, topped by the always exciting men's 1,500-meter final. In other notable events, several athletes say farewell to the London Games while others look for one more shot at glory.
There's a lot to look forward to in the last week of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including individual event finals for men's and women's gymnastics. Can all-around women's champ Gabby Douglas add to her gold tally in Monday's uneven bars? Who will reign supreme in the men's 400 meters, for which South Africa's Oscar Pistorius - the Olympics' first double amputee runner - failed to qualify.
Look through street artist, Jimmy C's work including his Olympic portrait of Usain Bolt. Artwork by Jimmy C
Hackney Wick is nestled next to the Olympic site, separated only by a waterway known as the Lee Navigation. It is a half industrial, half artistic enclave, little known to Londoners, but which has, in recent years, become rich in street art from a cast of artists who have been integral to regenerating east London and informing its cultural identity.
As the swimming meet comes to its final days, the action at track and field begins at the Olympic Stadium. Here's what to look for as that competition starts and in four other notable sports:
Gymnastics once again takes center -- or is it centre? -- stage Thursday when the women compete in the individual all-around. Here's what to look for in that and other top events:
A Palestinian athlete prepares to compete in judo at the London games. CNN's Elise Labott reports.
The world's top business leaders are using their visit to the London Olympics to raise tough questions about the coalition's management of Britain's stagnant economy and the country's vulnerability to a euro break-up.
An impressive fireworks show ended the four hour opening ceremony in London.
"Let it be known from this day forth, the Olympic movement has seen the creation of the first 'rock 'n' roll' Games, and London 2012 will be remembered for all time as the venue of its birth."
Brits rail against Mitt Romney's gaffe. Carol Costello talks with GOP consultant John Brabender about the trip-up.
Watch a time lapse film of how a run-down area was transformed into an Olympic arena ahead of the grand opening ceremony.
He's brought bloodthirsty zombies, squalid junkies and murderous housemates to life on the big screen, but faced the toughest task of his career at London 2012: bringing boogying nurses, bucolic scenes and butterflies on bicycles to a worldwide audience of a billion people.
The streets of London are paved with Olympic gold.
Sunny, warm weather embraced London on Thursday amid last-minute preparations for the Summer Olympic Games, now less than 24 hours away.
Few shows can claim such an audience. As the dramatic spectacle of the Olympics Games opening ceremony in London unfolds Friday night, millions of people around the world will be glued to their television sets.
As tens of thousands of athletes, team officials and visitors gather in London ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, security is paramount for the Games organizers and British authorities.
Before I ever laid eyes on London I laid ears on it, learning its streets, train stations and neighborhoods from song lyrics, as if all were diagramed on the A-to-Z Map of London that every newcomer to the city required. Or so I gathered from "Strange Town," by The Jam, which went: "I bought an A-to-Zed guidebook, trying to find the clubs and YMCAs ..."
London will at be the center of the sporting universe come Friday but as far as the city's commercial community is concerned, it will be business as usual during the Olympics.
Becky Anderson gives you the do's and dont's of visiting London during the Olympic Games.
Forget staid scones. Go to the right London spot, and you're more likely to be served green-tea-infused scones or tea-smoked salmon squares with Japanese yuzu mayonnaise.
These will be the green Games, to many they will be the austerity Games -- and they may even be the rain Games.
Basketball, track and swimming have been staples at the Olympics for decades, drawing thousands of spectators. But solo synchronized swimming or live pigeon shooting?
The Olympic torch relay began its first full day in London on Saturday, marking the start of the final week-long countdown to the opening of the 2012 Games.
The Olympic torch is set to make a dramatic entry to London Friday, descending via a 180-foot line from a helicopter to the historic Tower of London.
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes the Olympic torch to Windsor Castle, as it makes its way around the UK.
British police arrested six people in England on terror charges as security fears are elevated before the Olympic Games.
Three men appeared in court in London on Thursday to face accusations of traveling to Pakistan for terrorism training, UK media reported.
Border staff are among government workers who are set to strike on the eve of the Olympics, union leaders announced Thursday, risking longer lines at Heathrow airport's passport control for visitors arriving for the Games.
With 10 days to go before the Olympic Games open in London, questions over the provision of security guards for the event are dominating the British media.
The Dutch women's beach volleyball team sailed through Heathrow airport as it arrived in London for the Olympic Games, but not every athlete had such a smooth arrival.
CNN's Ben Wyatt gives an insider's guide to getting around London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
British government ministers fought back Sunday against accusations they had taken their eye off the Olympic security ball, rejecting accusations they were warned nearly a year ago about the security giant contracted to provide guards for the Games.
The contractor responsible for providing security guards for the Olympic Games said Saturday it stands to lose up to $77 million after failing to recruit enough staff, less than two weeks before the event opens in London.
British Home Secretary Theresa May defended Thursday the government's decision to bring in an additional 3,500 military personnel to ensure security for the Olympic Games, only 15 days before the event starts.
Legendary Jim Marshall photographed the Rolling Stones in 1972. CNN's Simon Barnett talks about the never-seen photos.
Forty years ago London's docklands were an industrial wasteland. The shipping companies had moved to deeper waters, factories were left abandoned and poverty was rife.
British authorities arrested a 22-year-old woman Saturday on suspicion of terror offenses amid heightened security before the London Olympics.
Seven men have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terror offenses, West Midlands police said Friday.
Armed police shut down a busy motorway in central England Thursday amid a security alert centred on a bus, a stark reminder of the heightened watch being maintained by authorities just three weeks before the London Olympic Games.
CNN's Nic Robertson has the latest on a passenger bus stopped by authorities in Britain.
An alert on a bus that led armed police to close a major motorway near Birmingham, England, on Thursday is not terror-related, Staffordshire police said.
The Olympic torch for the Summer Games in London began its journey in an elaborate ceremony in Greece.
Two members of the Basque separatist movement ETA, including one who has been convicted of more than 20 murders, were arrested Friday in London over alleged terror offenses, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.
Reaction is mixed after the Basque terrorist group ETA pledges to end violence. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is open to the idea of a Formula One race in Britain's capital, but has yet to be approached by the sport's powerbrokers.
Five huge rings on the Tower Bridge are among many signs that the London Olympics are coming soon. Alex Thomas reports.
Unable to compete due to injury, Dalma Malhas reacts to news that Saudi Arabia will allow women to compete in Olympics.
Saudi Arabia will let its female athletes compete in the Olympics for the first time, its embassy in London said.
All eyes are on London this summer. The Olympic Games begin next month; earlier this month, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee provided glorious pictures and joyous sounds to the watching world.
People in London step up to CNN's Open Mic and deliver their messages to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee.
Aung San Suu Kyi appealed for international support for Myanmar's process of democratic reform Thursday as she gave a historic address to both of Britain's houses of parliament.
George Osborne on Thursday night announced plans for a £100bn support programme for the British economy, as he battened down the hatches for a worsening "eurozone debt storm".
British field hockey authorities have been forced to apologize "unreservedly" to South Africa after an old national anthem from the days of apartheid was played before an international game this week.
Some of Queen Elizabeth II's acquaintances describe their view points of her to CNN's Max Foster.
If you want to make a phone call you will have to find a big red box on the street -- that's if you're prepared to brave the occasional dense smogs that afflict London.
CNN's Atika Shubert attends a Pearly coronation. The Pearlies are a London tradition and charity fund-raising machine.
Singers Tom Jones and Annie Lennox were just two in a line-up of impressive guests rocking out for the queen's jubilee.
Before Kate or Di there was Elizabeth. Nick Glass looks at some of the images that made Britain's queen a star.
When Queen Elizabeth II took to the Thames to mark her diamond jubilee alongside tens of thousands of well-wishers, it wasn't the first time the royals have made merry by messing about on the river.
CNN's Phil Han went to the Regents Canal as revelers took to the waters for their version of the jubilee river pageant.
Libya's prime minister laid a wreath Friday at the spot where a London police officer was killed outside the Libyan diplomatic offices 28 years ago.
London detectives have been granted visas to Libya to continue an investigation into the 1984 shooting death of Scotland Yard officer killed outside the Libyan diplomatic offices in London, authorities said Thursday.
Tommy Godwin won two cycling medals at the 1948 Olympics. Now he's been chosen as one of Lloyds TSB's torch bearers for the 2012 Games.
Rights groups have slammed a lunch hosted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday for including monarchs criticized for their countries' human rights records.
Team CNN's Amanda Davies reports on the highs and lows of Olympic trampolining with Laura Gallagher.
Greece handed over the Olympic flame to Britain in an elaborate ceremony Thursday, 71 days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
[Updated 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 14] This photo is from a rehearsal ceremony for last week's lighting of the Olympic flame.
The European Court of Human Rights will not intervene again to stop Britain from deporting Abu Qatada, whom the British accuse of being a terrorist fundraiser and an inspiration to one of the hijackers on September 11, 2001, the court said Wednesday.
James Ibori, the former Governor of Nigeria's oil region, pleaded guilty to stealing $250 million over eight years
The arrest of a Nigerian politician who deposited millions of dollars of stolen money in UK accounts has raised questions about the role of British banks in corruption.
When it comes to Olympic ceremonies, London is keen to make sure its schoolchildren play a starring role.
Londoners check out the Olympic centerpiece -- the new main stadium. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.
CNN's Ayehsa Durgahee reports on the return of the iconic London Routemaster bus.
Boris Johnson was re-elected as Mayor of London Friday after a narrow victory over Ken Livingstone, who held the post until 2008.
While the fight for equality between women and men has long been an uphill struggle, the current economic situation -- the "age of austerity" -- poses a new kind of threat. In recent years, the steady, albeit slow, march towards equality has not only come to a standstill but threatens to change direction. Here in the UK, record cuts to public spending risk actually reversing progress.
A British Parliament report blasts media mogul Rupert Murdoch over the phone hacking scandal at his tabloid papers.
What does it mean, when a UK parliamentary committee says you are not fit to run your company? If you're 81 and you have built a fabulously profitable global empire, you might be inclined to say, not much.
British defense officials consider surface-to-air missiles as part of security during the London Olympics.
The British Ministry of Defence might place surface-to-air missiles on a water tower in a densely populated London neighborhood as part of security for the Olympic Games this summer, a ministry official said Sunday.
CNN's Matthew Chance reports on a 49-year-old man who went on a rampage, destroying office equipment in Central London.
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