British tourism enjoyed a record year in 2010 according to the official annual Travel Trends report; 11.7 million foreign visitors travelled to Britain for a holiday, a slight increase over the previous year, and spent 6.64 billion pounds. London was by far the principal attraction. Spanish visitors totalled 1.8 million, about half the number of those coming from France and Germany. Spain was the most favoured destination for 10.4 million British travellers with France second at 9.1 million.

Two of China's high-speed bullet trains collided, killing 30 people and injuring about 200. Although official blame was placed on a signals failure many observers believe that China's ambitious national high-speed network is being developed too quickly with insufficient attention to safety.

Police from Kosovo seized two Serbian-Kosovar border crossings in an effort to enforce a ban on Serbian imports. Local Serbs opened fire on the police, killing one, and then set fire to the check point. The Serbian prime minister Boris Tadic called the protesting Serbs “hooligans”.


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