August 23rd, 2010
07:33 AM ET

World update: UK 'leading the way' on Pakistan donations

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

Aid to Pakistan - Donations from the British public to help flood victims in Pakistan reached £29 million on Monday, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said.  Chief executive Brendan Gormley said it was the first time that donations had risen in the second week of an appeal.  "The UK public are leading the way and shaming politicians across the world," he said.

Wikileaks founder - After a warrant over an accusation of rape against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was dropped, one warrant on a lesser charge of molestation is still being considered by Swedish prosecutors. A decision on that is apparently being made this week.

South Africa strike - The public sector strike in South Africa continues even after a court injunction was granted ordering all workers back to work. Demands for higher pay still have not been met and hospitals and schools have become the worst affected.

FIFA inspection - A delegation from FIFA is due to begin a four-day visit to the UK as part of a fact-finding mission in relation to the country’s bid to host the 2018/2022 World Cups. The delegation will be Downing Street today for a reception hosted by Deputy PM, Nick Clegg.

Reptilian rescue - Rescued reptiles get a second chance at this one-of-a-kind hospital-cum-rehabilitation center in Munich. CNN's Diana Magnay visits some of its cold-blooded patients.

Football texts - A text message service on a popular Italian football programme has been banned after the Mafia used it to send coded messages to imprisoned bosses. For fans of one of Italy's most popular football shows it has long been one of the pleasures of tuning in: The opportunity to text in messages and see their comments scroll along the bottom of the screen.

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  1. John Powell

    Traditionally flooding never gets the attention of epidemics, fires or earthquakes. This is a problem because flooding is the most devastating.

    John Powell

    August 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yana

    If we don't address climate change now, the world's poor will continue to bear the brunt of extreme weather – just like we're seeing in Paksitan:

    August 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |