Britain falls silent one week after bombings

LONDON - Office workers wordlessly filled the streets, construction workers removed their hard hats and London's famous black cabs pulled to the side of the road as Britain silently paid tribute to the victims of four terrorist bombs that struck a week ago Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II stood motionless outside Buckingham Palace, and a crowd filled Trafalgar Square, where many could be seen wiping away tears and hanging their heads in prayer during the two-minute tribute. The silence was broken only by the tolling of Big Ben.

Authorities announced that the death toll from the July 7 subway and bus attacks had risen to 53, including the four suicide bombers.

Suicide bombers strike near Green Zone

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suicide bombers struck near the heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, a day after a devastating attack on Iraqi children that provoked outrage and a denial of responsibility from al-Qaida in Iraq.

The coordinated attacks by a suicide car bomber and two men strapped with explosives occurred near a police station 150 feet from the Green Zone, site of the U.S. Embassy and major Iraqi government offices.

Hurricane Emily strengthens

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Hurricane Emily pounded Grenada on Thursday, tearing the roofs off hospitals and other buildings, destroying crops and causing widespread flooding.

The storm, which strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane as it moved across the Windward Islands, packed sustained winds of nearly 100 mph and headed west at about 18 mph. At 11 a.m., it was about 560 miles southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and was predicted to strengthen over the next 24 hours.

Emily trails Hurricane Dennis, which killed at least 25 people in Haiti and 16 in Cuba last week.

Leaders meet ahead of talks with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea - Negotiators from Japan, South Korea and the United States met Thursday to coordinate strategy for resuming talks to pressure North Korea to give up its atomic weapons, after the North's leader reportedly said a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula was his father's dying wish.

North Korea agreed Saturday to end a 13-month boycott of the six-nation talks after being assured by the chief U.S. nuclear envoy, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, that Washington recognized its sovereignty.

- From wire reports