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London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke out against the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit in France as he headed to Paris Thursday for talks with his French counterpart.

Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital, spoke out after some 30 French towns banned the burkini, triggering a fierce debate about women’s rights and secularism.

"I don’t think anyone should tell women what they can and can’t wear. Full stop. It’s as simple as that," he told the London Evening Standard newspaper.

"I don’t think it’s right. I’m not saying we’re perfect yet, but one of the joys of London is that we don’t simply tolerate difference, we respect it, we embrace it, and we celebrate it."

 

The new Sainsbury’s Nine Elms Point has opened today creating 250 new jobs for the local community.

Former long-serving colleague, Ann Martin, joined store manager, Andy Robins, to cut the official ribbon of the new store and declare it open for business.

The new store sees Sainsbury’s return to the area, with the company having had a store there previously for over 30 years.   The old store was demolished to pave the way for the current redevelopment of Nine Elms.

Commenting on the opening, store manager Andy, said:

“It is fantastic to have Sainsbury’s back at the heart of a community that we previously served for over 30 years. We have been counting down the days to Wednesday 24th August, and can’t wait to showcase what we have to offer in store.”

We’ll be pleased to see the familiar faces of returning staff and welcome new employees from Lambeth and Wandsworth. The new store is another mark of progress in and around Vauxhall”,- said Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Lambeth Cllr Jack Hopkins.

 

London's Labour mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday urged party members to unseat boss Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming leadership election, saying he had "failed to win the respect of the British people."

"Jeremy's personal ratings are the worst of any opposition leader on record and the Labour party is suffering badly as a result," Khan wrote in the Observer, the Sunday version of the centre-left Guardian newspaper.

"He has lost the confidence of more than 80 percent of Labour's MPs in parliament -- and I am afraid we simply cannot afford to go on like this," he added.

Khan is backing Owen Smith in the upcoming party election, voting for which will begin on Monday when ballot papers will be sent out to Labour members.

 

Midnight at bustling Oxford Circus Underground station in the heart of London, a band is playing and weekend revelry is only just beginning for some residents of the Big Smoke.

Excited Londoners and tourists jostle to be among the first to take the Night Tube — a new service that will see the Victoria and Central lines run all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

“It’s great that the tube’s going to be open all night,” said Omar Khan, a 27-year-old clothing designer who was planning to party through the night with his friends.

The Night Tube is seen as a boost for revellers, tourists and shift workers, who on Friday and Saturday nights will now be able to travel on the network at any chosen hour.

 

Residential rents for new lets in London have fallen for the first time in six years, according to the first study published on the issue since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

A monthly survey published by Countrywide estate agents on Monday found that new rental contracts were priced 0.5 per cent lower in July than for the same period last year.

The average monthly rental contract in July was £1,280 ($2,214), around £7 cheaper than a year ago.

 

China's ambassador to Britain urged London on Tuesday to approve a Beijing-funded nuclear power plant as soon as possible, warning that relations between the two countries were at a critical point.

"Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture. Mutual trust should be treasured even more," Liu Xiaoming wrote in an article in the Financial Times newspaper.

"I hope the UK will keep its door open to China and that the British government will continue to support Hinkley Point -- and come to a decision as soon as possible so that the project can proceed smoothly."

On July 28, Britain's new government said it was delaying final approval of the £18-billion (21-billion-euro, $23 billion) project to build Hinkley Point, the country's first new nuclear plant in a generation.

 

The last two reporters working on Fleet Street filed their final stories on Friday, ending more than 300 years of journalism on the London thoroughfare synonymous with Britain's newspaper industry.

London chief reporter Gavin Sherriff and entertainment features writer Darryl Smith, journalists with Scottish weekly The Sunday Post, are all that remains of the famed institution.

"We knew as journalists that this was an important part of history for our profession, which we love," Smith told AFP.

"There is still that attachment to Fleet Street as a centre of the profession, and we are that final torchbearer."

AFP's departure from Fleet Street in 2009 left the London bureau of Scottish publishers D. C. Thomson as the last remaining newsroom in the industry's spiritual home, now overtaken by investment banks and legal offices.

 

 

British police were holding a 19-year-old man on suspicion of murder Thursday after a central London stabbing spree that killed a US woman but appeared unrelated to terrorism.

Cities across Europe have been on edge after a string of attacks in recent weeks and the overnight rampage that killed the woman and injured five others, had triggered fresh terror fears.

But authorities said there was no sign the Norwegian man of Somali origin was radicalised or had jihadist motives, with the evidence so far pointing to the attack being sparked by mental health problems.

The US woman killed was named as 64-year-old Darlene Horton, whose family is receiving support from police.

US Secretary of State John Kerry described the attack as a "horrific mass stabbing" and said he grieved for the victims.

Senior police officer Mark Rowley said: "We believe this was a spontaneous attack and the victims were selected at random.

"We have found no evidence of radicalisation or anything that would suggest the man in our custody was motivated by terrorism."

 

Sainsbury’s Nine Elms Point donated water bottles to Wyvil Primary School, which has recently started to raise funds for WaterAid Charity. The water bottles donated by the store will be sold at the school and the money raised will go to WaterAid.

The school teachers and Year 3 children are actively selling the bottles of water at the end of the school day, they have decorated some of the bottles to attract more parents and children to come and buy the bottles.

The Children at the school are also collecting old DVDs and CDs and weaving them in shades of blue wool. When they have enough (about 300), they will assemble them into a huge wave shape and display it outside their school. They are hoping that their completed work will remind passers-by of the pressing global crisis in clean water and sanitation.

 

The British government hailed a £344 million (410 million euro, $450 million) investment to expand London City Airport on Wednesday as evidence Britain was "open for business" despite its Brexit vote.

Finance minister Philip Hammond was at the airport to cheer the announcement by the Canadian-Kuwaiti consortium which owns the airport, a business travel hub located close to Britain's financial centre.

The "ambitious growth plans will boost international connections, strengthening the City of London's links to destinations across the world, and send a clear signal that Britain is open for business," he said.