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Boris Johnson: '7/7 killers failed in their aim'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says the 7/7 killers "failed in their aim", but warned that the problem has not "gone away."

Speaking in Hyde Park ahead of a memorial service, he said the terrorists "didn't in any way change the fundamentals of London and what makes this city great", adding: "Indeed, it's gone from strength to strength in the 10 years since.

"I think most people would say that London has become even more cosmopolitan, even more welcoming."

Boris Johnson '7/7 killers failed in their aim' Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

But Mr Johnson said people must remember that "the problem has not gone away", adding: "We're as ready as we think we can be, and as you can imagine there are preparations going on all the time in the event of all kinds of attacks."

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7/7 survivor visits attack sites ahead of anniversary

A woman who lost both her legs in the 7/7 London bombings will be joined by faith leaders today to retrace where the devastating bombings took place nearly 10 years ago.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Imam Qari Asim, 7/7 survivor Gill Hicks and reverend Bertrand Olivier Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Gill Hicks is walking from King's Cross to Tavistock Square alongside the religious leaders in a "moment of quiet remembrance" to pay tribute to the 52 people who died.

She will carry a floral tribute reading "Together" along with Imam Qari Asim, of Leeds' largest mosque Makkah Masjid, the Rev Bertrand Olivier, vicar of All-Hallows-by-the-Tower in the City of London, and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, from Movement for Reform Judaism.

My life and those around me changed forever on July 7 2005. I believe in the power and brilliance of humanity - my life was saved by strangers, people who never gave up, people who risked their own lives to save mine.

To them, I was a precious human life - my rescue wasn't dependent on my faith, my colour, my gender or wealth.

– Gill Hicks



Commissioner says London is 'united'

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says London continues to be united in its efforts to withstand the threat of terror.

The commissioner said the July 7 bombings will live long in the memory of those affected. He added that today is a time to send a message to terrorists that London was, and continues to be, strong, united and vibrant.

Twin brother and sister score top marks

Twins Vicky and Thomas Vanderstichele are celebrating after achieving the remarkable feat of both scoring full marks in an International Baccalaureate diploma programme.

The brother and sister are sixth formers a King's College School in Wimbledon, south west London.

Vicky needed to score 41 points in the IB to win a place at Cambridge to study Classics, while Thomas needed 39 points to study biochemistry at Oxford, but both achieved perfect scores of 45 out of 45.

The pair recorded the school's best IB results since it adopted the educational programme in 2001.

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