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Unrest Spreads Across U.K.

A wave of violence and looting rages across London and spreads to three other major British cities, as authorities struggle to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.

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Aug. 10: A police officers walks behind a cordon in front of Reeves Furniture showroom in Croydon, south London which was destroyed by fire in Monday's disturbances in the area. The presence of thousands of extra police officers helped keep a nervous London quiet early Wednesday after three nights of rioting, but violence and looting flared in English cities including Manchester and Birmingham.

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Aug. 10: Merseyside Police officers help clean up a burnt out caravan in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, England, following rioting in the area Tuesday night. Thousands of extra police officers flooded into London in a bid to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation. An eerie calm prevailed in the capital, but unrest spread across England on a fourth night of violence driven by diverse and brazen crowds of young people.

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Aug. 9: Police officers scuffle with men as members of the community march to reclaim their streets in Enfield, North London. Thousands more police officers flooded London streets Tuesday in a bid to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation as nervous shopkeepers closed early and some residents stood guard to protect their neighborhoods.

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Aug. 9: A car is seen on fire during civil disturbances in Manchester, England. Britain began flooding London's streets with 16,000 police officers Tuesday, nearly tripling their presence as the nation feared its worst rioting in a generation would stretch into a fourth night.

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Aug. 9: Riot police patrol Manchester city centre after trouble on Market street in Manchester city center, England.

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Aug. 9: Police dogs and their handlers walk past a burning car during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England.

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Aug. 9: Police make an arrest during the second night of civil disturbances in central Birmingham, England.

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Aug. 9: A property is on fire near Reeves Corner in Croydon, south London. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday.

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Aug. 8: British police officers stand guard as a car set on fire by rioters, burns in Hackney, east London.

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Aug. 7: Police cordon off an area during unrest in Enfield, North London. New unrest erupted on north London's streets late Sunday, a day after rioting and looting in a deprived area amid community anger over a fatal police shooting.

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Sun. 7: A rioter throws a burning wooden plank at police in Tottenham, north London, after members of a community, where a young man was shot dead by police, took to the streets to demand "justice."

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Aug. 7, 2011: Rioters face off with riot police officers on the streets in Tottenham, north London. 

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Aug. 7, 2011: Riot police officers face off with groups of protesters in Tottenham, north London. 

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Aug. 7, 2011: A masked protester hurls an object toward riot police officers in Tottenham, north London.

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Aug. 7, 2011: Fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London early Sunday, as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets to protest over the alleged police shooting which killed a local man last Thursday. 

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The riots started with a street protest Saturday and ended Sunday morning with buildings and vehicles set afire, including police cars, a double-decker London bus, and shops looted as police clashed with protesters.

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Aug. 7, 2011: Police vehicles drive past a fire in a building in Tottenham, north London. One police officer was hospitalized and seven others were injured during riots when a north London suburb exploded in anger after a gathering to protest the Thursday shooting of a 29-year-old man.

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Aug. 7, 2011: A police officer stands guard as burned police cars are seen in Tottenham, north London.

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Aug. 7, 2011: A police officer stands guard in front of a burned building in Tottenham, north London.

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Aug. 7, 2011: A police officer stands guard in front of a burned building in Tottenham, north London, after a demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze.

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Aug. 7, 2011: A police officer stands guard in front of a burned police car in Tottenham, north London, after a demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze.

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Unrest Spreads Across U.K.

A wave of violence and looting rages across London and spreads to three other major British cities, as authorities struggle to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s.

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