After the fall of apartheid, nearly one million white South Africans left their country to move to Britain, Australia or New Zealand. Now the exodus appears to be reversing. Many are returning home, drawn to the quality of life, a growing economy and political stability.
Anti-Gaddafi Libyans have celebrated Britain’s recognition of the rebel-led National Transitional Council as their country’s legitimate government. Britain also expelled Gaddafi’s diplomats giving them three days to leave the Libyan embassy in London.
Officials in Tripoli said Britain’s expulsion of its diplomats was illegal. However recognition of the Council follows similar moves by France and the US, potentially freeing up billions of dollars in frozen funds.
In Britain, journalists are putting the finishing touches to the last ever edition of the News of the World. After 168 years after it first went on sale, Britain’s biggest selling Sunday paper will put out its final edition tonight. The decision to shut down the News of the World was made earlier this week as revelations of widespread phone hacking engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
The British government is moving to adopt tough austerity measures. These include making public sector workers retire later and pay more towards their pensions. In “the day of action” planned for Thursday, some of the biggest strike action seen across Britain in 30 years is expected. Thousands of people are expected to protest against the changes and cause chaos across the country. More than 3,000 schools in England and Wales are closing for the day and long queues are expected at airports. Al Jazeera’s Shamim Choudhury reports.
Britain may now be behind arming the Libyan rebels, but lawmakers in London are furious that their colleagues allowed weapons to be sold to the Gaddafi regime, as recently as last year. It’s among several Arab nations who bought firepower from the UK which later saw uprisings. The ministers accuse them of misjudging whether those guns would be turned on civilians, as Laura Emmett explains.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered to London police as part of a Swedish sex-crimes investigation, the latest blow to an organization that faces numerous challenges after releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.