Event Diary

7/7 London bombings – court hearing

Central Criminal Court, London, EC4

Mohammed Shakil, 30 of Beeston, West Yorkshire; Sadeer Saleem, 26 of Beeston, West Yorkshire; Waheed Ali, previously known as Shipon Ullah, 23, recently of Tower Hamlets, east London, but for most of his life from Beeston, West Yorkshire, appear charged, contrary to section 3(1)(a) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883, with unlawfully and maliciously conspiring with Mohammed Siddique Khan, Shezhad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay, Hasib Hussein and others to endanger life or cause serious injury. Relates to July 7 2005 bombings on the Transport for London system.

Web: www.cps.gov.uk/news/pressreleases/123_07.html

House of Commons agenda – Freedom of Information Bill

House of Commons, London, SW1, 9.30am

Private Members’ Bills: Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill, David Maclean (Rep); Waging War (Parliament’s Role and Responsibility) Bill, Michael Meacher (2R); Local Planning Authorities (Energy and Energy Efficiency) Bill, Michael Caton (2R); Light Bulb (Regulation) Bill, John Barrett (2R). Adjournment Debate: elder abuse, Paul Burstow.

Web: www.parliament.uk

Life Magazine – final edition

Time and Life Building, Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA

Founded by Henry Luce in 1936, social commentary magazine emphasised photojournalism, and sold over 13.5 million copies weekly at its peak circulation.

Web: www.life.com

The Queen & The Duke Of Edinburgh attend Royal Victorian Order service

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire; reception: State Apartments, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire

Also today: The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh hold reception for members of the Order.

Web: www.royal.gov.uk

Russian space mission to ISS – landing

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Baikonur, Kazakhstan, 7.43pm (3.43pm BST)

Soyuz-TMA 10 spacecraft lands carrying Expedition 14 crew members and space tourist Charles Simonyi.

Web: spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/

Toddlers forced to fight each other – sentencing

Plymouth Crown Court, Plymouth

Four unnamed women, all aged between 19 and 49, are sentenced after pleading guilty to child cruelty charges. The women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were filmed by one of the women taunting and encouraging the children, a three-year-old daughter and her two-year-old brother, forcing them to fight each other. The court was told that one of the women told police she thought it would be ‘character building’.

888.com World Snooker Championship

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Annual championship remains in Sheffield until at least 2010. Runs until May 7.

Web: www.worldsnooker.com

Cricket World Cup: Super 8 – West Indies v England

Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, 9.30am (2.30pm BST)

Web: www.cricketworldcup.com

Federal Republic of Nigeria – Presidential & legislative elections, first round


President elected for four-year term. Also elections to National Assembly, formed from Senate and House of Representatives. The People’s Democratic Party candidate is state governor Umaru Yar’Adua, while the All Nigeria Peoples Party chose, on December 19, General Muhammadu Buhari, who lost the election in 2003 to outgoing President Obasanjo. Vice-President Atiku Abubakar lost a court appeal challenging his disqualification but won another legal action in a separate court, both April 3. He is as of April 4 on the ballot papers. Fringe candidate Adebayo Adefarati, of the Alliance for Democracy party, died March 29, but the election goes ahead.

Web: www.nigeria.gov.ng

Flora London Marathon

Greenwich Park, SE101; to The Mall, London, SW1

UK’s biggest road running event featuring over 48,000 runners, including number of celebrities. Ronan Keating, Nell McAndrew, Gordon Ramsay, Kara Tointon, Liz McColgan, Sally Gunnell, Matt Dawson, Donal McIntyre, Kate Buffery, Kellie Shirley, Michel Roux, Phina Oruche, Jennifer James, Jeff Hordley, Julian Bennett, Mark Bright, Wayne Hemingway, Evan Davies, Floella Benjamin, Sharon Marshall, James Crossley, Tom Hollander, Rebecca Atkinson, Adam Hollioake, Princess Tamara Czartoryski-Borbon, Gary Webster, Kinga Karolczak and Michelle Bass take part.

Web: www.london-marathon.co.uk

France – Presidential election


President is elected for five-year term, usually in two rounds of voting. Incumbent President Jacques Chirac’s Interior Minister and UMP Leader Nicolas Sarkozy mounts challenge for presidency, while Segolene Royal represents the Parti Socialiste. Other declared candidates include rightist Mouvement Pour La France Leader Philippe de Villiers; anti-globalisation activist Jose Bove; far-right Leader of the Front National Jean-Marie Le Pen and Union pour la Démocratie Francaise President Francois Bayrou. According to a poll by CSA/Le Parisien (March 23), Sarkozy and Royal had 26% of the vote each, Bayrou 21% and Jean-Marie Le Pen 13%. Outgoing President Jaques Chirac endorsed Nicolas Sarkozy’s candidacy on March 21. Ifop poll of French people of African origin (March 23) gave Royal 57%, Bayrou 19%, Sarkozy 11%.

Web: www.elysee.fr

Syria – parliamentary elections

Syrian Arab Republic

To 250-member Majlis al-Sha’ab (People’s Assembly). Elected for a five-year term, 167 Majlis seats are guaranteed for the Al Jabha al Wataniyah Wahdwamiyah (National Patriotic Front), a coalition group consisting of six government-controlled parties.

Web: www.moi-syria.com

Called To Account – press night

The Tricycle Theatre, 268 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6

Play (full title Called To Account: The Indictment of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair For The Crime Of Aggression Against Iraq – A Hearing) examines case against Tony Blair and government’s instigation of force against Irag argued earlier this year by top barristers Phillippe Sands QC (prosecution) and Julian Knowles (defence). Guardian journalist Richard Norton-Taylor edits material while Nicholas Kent directs. Evidence taken from witnesses including Sir Michael Quinlan, Clare Short, Sir Murray Stuart Smith and Richard Perle. Previews from April 19; runs to May 19.

Web: www.tricycle.co.uk

Man charged over European cartoon protest – retrial

Court One, Central Criminal Court, London, EC4

Mizanur Rahman, 22, of London, was found guilty on November 9, 2006 of stirring up racial hatred but the jury did not reach a verdict on the charge of inciting murder. Alleged offences took place February 3, 2006 outside the Danish Embassy, at a demonstration against cartoons satirising Muslim Prophet Mohammed. Case number: T2006 7119. Runs until April 27.

Web: www.met.police.uk

The Prince Of Wales visits Liverpool

various venues, Liverpool

Visits St George’s Hall to view the restoration work before officially reopening the building. Also today: receives an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University before delivering the Roscoe Lecture; meets representatives from different community organisations and faith groups, Toxteth Town Hall; attends a special civic Thanksgiving Service marking the 800th anniversary of Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral.

Web: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

Spider-Man 3 – UK film premiere

Odeon Leicester Square, London, WC2, 5.45pm

Latest big-screen outing of teenage webslinger. Attendees include stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace and Rosemary Harris, director Sam Raimi and producers Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin and Grant Curtis. Released May 4.

Web: spiderman3.sonypictures.com

BP plc – Q1 results & webcast

London Stock Exchange, Paternoster Square, London, EC4, 7am; webcast: 2-3.30pm

Webcast hosted by Byron Grote, Chief Financial Officer, and Fergus MacLeod, Head of Investor Relations.

Web: www.bp.com

Current affairs in the UK – John Major at Hansard Society event

London School Of Economics (LSE), Houghton Street, London, WC2, 6-7.30pm

Former Conservative Prime Minister converses with Elinor Goodman, former political editor for Channel 4 News, speaking about his time as PM, current events in the UK and affairs of note across the globe.

Web: www.hansardsociety.org.uk

Lucie Blackman killing suspect – judgement

Tokyo District Court, Tokyo, Japan

Verdict is delivered in trial (began December 2000) of businessman Joji Obara, charged with abduction and rape resulting in death of 21-year-old bar hostess Lucie Blackman, of Sevenoaks, Kent, in July 2000, and also with dismembering and disposing of her body.

Web: www.kensatsu-kyoukai.gr.jp/ppo/ppo_tokyo.html

Public Service Media Content – BBC Director General at select committee session

Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London, SW1, 10.30am

Culture Media and Sport Committee hears from: Mark Thompson, Director-General, and Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, BBC, 10.30am; Iona Jones, Chief Executive, S4C, Donald Emslie, Chief Executive, SMG Television, and Dave Rushton, Institute of Local Television, 11.30am.

Web: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/culture_media_and_sport.cfm

Apple – Q2 results

New York Stock Exchange, New York, USA

Web: www.apple.com/uk/pr

John McCain officially announces White House bid – bus tour

New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina & Arizona, USA; day one: various venues New Hampshire, USA

Arizona Senator officially declares his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the 2008 Presidential election by embarking on a three day bus tour. The tour is scheduled to begin today in New Hampshire, before moving onto South Carolina and Iowa and finishing in McCain’s home state. Runs until April 27.

Web: www.johnmccain.com

Securing The UK’s Critical National Infrastructure – John Reid at RUSI conference

Savoy Place, London, WC2

Home Secretary speaks at conference, aiming to address the key issues regarding interoperability, ownership, responsibility and accountability, postponed from November 2006. Other speakers include: Bruce Mann, Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat; Adrian Van Kleveren, Deputy Director of News, BBC; William Flynn, Director of Risk Management, US Department of Homeland Security, and Mark Hughes, Group Security Director, BT. Runs until April 26.

Web: www.rusi.org

Crime In England And Wales – quarterly update

England & Wales

Web: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

George W Bush meets Japanese Prime Minister

The White House, Washington DC, USA

US President and First Lady Laura Bush meet Shinzo Abe and Mrs Abe. The President and First Lady hold dinner to honor their guests. The two leaders travel to Camp David, April 27 to hold bilateral discussions. Runs until April 27.

Web: www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html

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