September 15th, 2010
05:29 AM ET

World update: Britain gears up for pope's visit

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Pope visits UK - A day ahead of the pope’s visit to the UK, a group of victims who suffered abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy is holding a news conference in Central London.  We also have an interview with the Archbishop of Westminster.  Meanwhile, a UK ad for ice-cream depicting a pregnant nun has been banned in the run-up to the pope’s visit in case it causes offence to Roman Catholics.

Somalia violence - It’s been a brutal summer in Somalia. The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist group Al Shabab controls most of the country. The embattled and U.N.-backed government controls only pockets of the capital. Defending the government are AMISOM - African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi. But in Mogadishu the line between defense and offense is rarely clear.  A war with no end in sight.  We have an exclusive report from Jane Ferguson.

Hayward grilling - BP’s outgoing chief executive Tony Hayward is to appear before the UK parliament’s Energy and Climate Select Committee today as part of an inquiry into deep water drilling in the UK.  Jim Boulden will be reporting live.

France reforms - France’s National Assembly is due to vote today on President Nicolas Sarkozy's  controversial retirement reform proposals which would see the retirement age rise to 62.

Lego trademark - The Lego group has lost an 11-year legal battle to register its eight-stud brick as a trademark, after a ruling by the European Court of Justice. Max Foster is on the story.

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    September 15, 2010 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. philipe12

    How do you "gear up" for the Pope's visit? By hiding your young boys.

    September 15, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |