August 2nd, 2010
05:46 AM ET

World update: Pakistan summons British envoy

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

Pakistan diplomacy - Adam Thomson, the British high commissioner to Pakistan, is meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the British Foreign Office says. The meeting follows Pakistan’s disgruntlement at comments made by British PM David Cameron last week in India where he referred to Pakistan exporting terror. Pakistan's government has summoned Britain's envoy in Islamabad over the remarks, officials say.

Russia fires - High temperatures and drought have spawned wildfires across Russia with blazes in 14 of the nation’s 83 regions. The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and fears for this year’s harvest has sent wheat prices spiralling on international markets.

Kenya referendum - A crucial referendum on the formalisation of a new constitution will take place in Kenya this week. It’s aimed at avoiding the violence which followed the 2007 national presidential vote in which over 1,000 people died but critics say that it is likely to pit many sectors of Kenyan Society against each other.

Blackberry ban - The UAE and Saudi Arabia are poised to suspend critical Blackberry services in the near future. It comes off the back of a Russian region banning Facebook after ultra-nationalist videos were shown on the site. Pakistan and Australia have also been accused of being heavy-handed in their control of internet filters.

HSBC results - HSBC kicks off a slew of British High Street Bank earnings due out this week. They announced astounding profits of $6.8 billion for the first six months of 2010. Other banks are expected to announce similarly positive results.

Iran women’s rugby - The Iran Ladies Rugby Team made its European debut in Italy over the weekend. Winning one out of three games, the team is eager to show that wearing headscarves will not hold them back in sport.

South Africa fire - Eighteen people are thought to have died in a fire in a residential home in a town 50km south of Jo’burg.

Mini-Monet? - A seven-year-old boy from Norfolk in England has been dubbed “Mini-Monet” after his first exhibition of landscape paintings sold for over $230,000 this weekend. We are chasing an interview.

China Liverpool FC? - A Chinese tycoon is in negotiation with the Royal Bank of Scotland to take control of Liverpool Football Club. Kenny Huang, partnered by one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the Far East, wants to take over the reins from Tom Hicks and George Gillett by the end of the transfer window.

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