September 20th, 2010
07:06 AM ET

World update: British troops hand Afghan area to U.S.

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

Sangin handover - British forces in southern Afghanistan have handed responsibility for security in Sangin to U.S. forces, the Ministry of Defence says. The British Government first announced the transfer of authority in July. Control of the area was handed from 40 Commando Royal Marines to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cricket claims - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ijaz Butt is reported to have said some England players were paid to lose Friday's one-day international. He has since denied making the comments, but the England cricket team are expected to make a statement in response. The teams meet each other again in London today.

Swedish election - A far-right, anti-immigration party has won representation in Swedish Parliament for the first time. The win by the Sweden Democrats won 20 of the 349 seats in the Swedish assembly, denying the governing center-right alliance an overall majority.

Air de Paris - Air de Paris ... it might sound like a new cologne, but no, it’s the name of the tethered balloon which lets everyone within 15 miles of Paris know exactly how polluted the city’s air is at any moment. Created as more of a tourist attraction back in 1999 (it can carry 30 people up to 450 feet), it has been turned into an eco-awareness symbol which constantly measures air quality across the city. Jim Bittermann reports.

Germany killings - Authorities in southwest Germany are looking for a motive in an apartment building fire and a hospital shooting that, together, left four people dead. Police believe the incidents are linked. Two bodies - one of a man and another of a 5-year-old boy - were found inside a burning building in the city of Loerrach, police say.

Amputee swimmer - A French quadruple amputee swam the English Channel to inspire all those "who think life is nothing but suffering." Using special flippers he made the 12-hour swim at the weekend, nearly two decades after an electrical accident cost him his legs from the knees down and his arms from the elbows down.

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