There were scenes from a “war zone,” as one pub manager described it to the BBC. It’s the third day of rioting in London since police shot and killed 29-year-old Mark Duggan. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and the city’s mayor have canceled their vacations to return to their burning metropolis. — PZS

BBC:

Violence has broken out for a third consecutive day in London, with riot police deployed and firefighters tackling blazes across the capital.

Cars were set on fire in Lewisham and a bus and shop were set ablaze in Peckham. A large furniture shop in Croydon is also well alight.

In Hackney, police sealed off an area after police car windows were smashed.

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