An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on some of the stories we're following on Wednesday:
Spain prostitution - A trafficking ring responsible for bringing 60 to 80 young male prostitutes to Spain from South America has been dismantled by Spanish police. The men were allegedly plied with drugs and Viagra and forced to work around the clock after the ring bombarded them with death threats. Read the full story
Cricket cheating claims - A meeting between the Pakistan cricket players at the centre of an alleged cheating storm and the country’s top cricket officials due to have taken place in London has been postponed until Thursday. In the meantime, the national team continues to practice in Taunton, UK ahead of a match against Somerset Cricket Club.
Blair’s Memoirs - Tony Blair’s autobiography “A Journey” is released today. In it he speaks about his apathy towards Gordon Brown and his view of his leadership qualities. He also speaks about the decision to enter the Iraq War and how he brought “peace” to Northern Ireland.
Amsterdam suspects - Claims that two men arrested in Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport after arriving from Chicago were on a terrorist “dry run” have been disputed by U.S. authorities. It seems that there is little, if any, evidence that the men actually knew one another and that this was more than a bizarre coincidence. Will Wednesday bring their release or will the Dutch authorities charge the pair?
Iraq Lessons learned? - What has been taken away from the war in Iraq? Can NATO avoid some of the same pitfalls and copy the successes? And not just America and its allies are taking notes; militants have studied Iraqi insurgents and are copying their success and learning from their mistakes.
DRC mass rape - According to a report in the New York Times, United Nations officials had been warned about rape occurring in a remote Congolese area much earlier than officials originally said. The report attributes this information to an internal United Nations e-mail and a humanitarian bulletin.
Tiger summit - A “Heads of State Tiger Summit” is to be held in Vladivostok, Russia, hosted by Russia's Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, and co-chaired by the World Bank President Robert Zoellick. The summit takes place as part of a global political process to determine high-level commitment and action to secure the future of the tiger, the population of which is currently severely threatened.
Libya Revolution Day - Revolution Day is scheduled to be marked in Libya. Commemorating the anniversary of the coup against King Idriss that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power in 1969, the national day is marked with military parades and official speeches.