The following is the summary of news in the United Republic, as provided by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from London.
- The London Olympic Games close as the closing ceremony ends with China top of medal table. UK third.
- Locked-in syndrome sufferer, Tony Nicklinson, has died days after losing a High Court battle for the right to end his life.
- The First Man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong has died today, at the age of 82.
- Essex Police are using helicopters to hunt for a large lion after receiving reports of a sighting in a field in the St Osyth area.
- Stephen Hawking opens the Paralympic Games, in front of over 80,000 people, with a 'big bang' theme.