GENEVA -- The British stuntman who parachuted into the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wingsuit.
Swiss police confirmed that Mark Sutton died Wednesday when he crashed into a rocky ridge near Trient in the Valais region. They gave his age as 42.
The former army officer was an accomplished skydiver who had a starring role in one of the most memorable parts of the 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony.
It began with a filmed sequence in which actor Daniel Craig's James Bond escorted Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace and into a helicopter. Stunt doubles of Bond and the queen then performed a live parachute jump into the Olympic Stadium. Mr. Sutton was the tuxedo-clad Bond.
U.K. Tories boost fracking
LONDON -- Britain's increasingly boisterous anti-shale movement will have no shortage of targets as the government tries to quicken the rate of drilling and prepares to open more areas for exploration.
Britain will drill up to 40 shale exploration wells over the next two years and the country's first onshore licensing round since 2008 will take place early next year, Energy Minister Michael Fallon said in a recent interview.
Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing the case for shale to boost the economy and cap energy bills for consumers. In doing so, he faces opposition in his Conservative Party's rural heartland, where some residents have blocked roads to stop an exploration well from being drilled.
Putin target immigrants
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened Moscow's first detention camp for illegal immigrants as migrants become the main concern among voters preparing for the city's first mayoral election since 2003.
The tarpaulin tents for 600 people, surrounded by a 26- foot fence, signal the campaign for the Sept. 8 vote heating up as Mr. Putin seeks to show that he's in control of Europe's largest city, the center of Russia's opposition. His protege, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, is pulling out all the stops to beat challengers including protest leader Alexei Navalny and show the world the Kremlin's dominance.
As the mayoral campaign enters its stretch run, the biggest concern for 44 percent of Muscovites, according a July 12-23 poll, is migrants to the city.
PM avoids war shrine visit
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Thursday avoided visiting a Tokyo shrine on the 68th anniversary of the country's World War II defeat, opting to send a cash donation as he seeks to avoid further damaging regional ties.
Three cabinet members paid their respects at the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by many in Asia as a symbol of Japan's past military aggression. A group of about 100 lawmakers, including the policy chief of Mr. Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, prayed together at the site. China lodged a formal diplomatic protest.
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Iran's parliament handed a victory Thursday to new President Hassan Rouhani, approving 15 of his 18 proposed Cabinet ministers, including nominees to head the key ministries of oil and foreign affairs. ... Israelis and Palestinians held peace talks late Wednesday in Jerusalem, two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brought the sides together in Washington following a three-year hiatus in negotiations.
-- Compiled from news services