World Briefs: Britain asks court to block airport strike

LONDON — Britain’s Home Office is seeking an injunction to halt a strike on the eve of the Summer Olympics by immigration staff at U.K. airports.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents staff at British airports, voted last week for a 24-hour walkout over pay and job losses. The strike is set for Thursday, the day before the start of the London Games.

The Home Office said Tuesday the government believes there was a procedural error in the strike ballot and is seeking a High Court injunction to prevent the strike.

It urged the union to call off the strike and for its members not to walk out when “the eyes of the world” will be on Britain.

The union said it will “robustly defend” any legal challenge to the planned strike.

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President dies after sudden illness

ACCRA — Ghana President John Atta Mills died suddenly Tuesday at age 68 hours after being taken ill five months before an election in which he was to seek another term, his office said.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the republic of Ghana,” the statement said.

It added that Mr. Mills, who had traveled recently abroad for a medical checkup, died just hours after he got sick.

He died in a hospital in the capital Accra, his office said, without providing a cause.

Vice President John Dramani Mahama is to take over as interim leader.

Presidential elections are set for December in a country seen as a rare example of a stable democracy in West Africa that recently joined the ranks of the world’s large-scale oil producers. Mills was to be the ruling party’s candidate.

The late president had recently traveled to the United States for what had been described as a routine medical checkup.

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