| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:31 AM
LONDON – Time was when being queen (or king) meant having the power to make your enemies’ heads roll. Now it means being told by upstart lawmakers to cut your expenses and chop the number of people on staff. And could Your Majesty please do...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 3:58 PM
At the end of a tense vote that capped a messy political campaign, Reuven Rivlin was chosen Tuesday to serve as Israel's 10th president.
Rivlin, 74, was elected by members of Israel's 120-seat parliament to succeed the country's longest-serving public...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 4:52 AM
In the battle over Scottish independence, a rising number of famous Scots have gone public with their views on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom to go it alone.
Following is a list of some of the most famous Scots or Scottish residents...
| May 26, 2014
| 12:30 PM
LONDON -- The surge in support for the U.K. Independence Party -- demonstrated at the European Union election last week -- may have major consequences for the British film and TV industry.
UKIP, which advocates an exit from the European Union, took first...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the great heroine of conservative Britain, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, which is named for a great hero of that country's left.
The Orwell Prize, named for "1984" author...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:59 PM
JERUSALEM — Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government.
Israel's decision, announced after a six-hour Cabinet meeting,...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:10 AM
LONDON -- Margaret Thatcher, the grocer's daughter who punched through an old-boy political network to become Britain's first female prime minister, stamping her personality indelibly on the nation and pursuing policies that reverberate decades later, has...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:02 PM
Denis Healey, a former Labor Party leader and high-ranking official in Britain, famously said on the floor of Parliament in 1983, "The first law of holes is that when one is in a hole, one should stop digging."
Too bad no one in the Obama administration...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:55 AM
Mark Liberman's post at Language Log about the minor furor over plagiarism in work published under Sen. Rand Paul's name, along with some of the comments, allows us to make some useful distinctions. What counts as plagiarism, passing off someone else's...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:51 AM
LONDON – Stung by mounting criticism, the British government Tuesday defended the detention of the partner of an American journalist who helped reveal widespread spying by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying that authorities had a duty to...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 5:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's move to punish Syria's government for allegedly using chemical weapons in a deadly attack last week appeared to suffer a setback Wednesday when the U.S. failed to get United Nations approval for use of force...