| Jan 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The Canadians were not very calm, and they were carrying on quite a bit.
But when you've driven more than an hour through the narrow roads of the English countryside on a blustery late summer's day, a brush with Mr. Bates of "Downton Abbey" fame can...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 9:09 PM
We're dropped back into Downton six months after the Season 4 finale, but there has been many changes afoot. I'm sure Carson will spend much of the year super-vexed at everything.
For one, it's 1924 and there's a new prime minister who -- scandal! --...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Israeli lawmakers voted Monday to dissolve the parliament and hold elections on March 17, making the current government one of the shortest-lived in the country's history.
With some cellphone cameras flashing but no objections, lawmakers passed the...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The adolescent country. The bit player. The shrimp of the schoolyard.
For Australians it's not so bad — most of the time — to be so far away, so overlooked, so seemingly insignificant as to almost never factor in major international news....
| Oct 20, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Gough Whitlam swept to political power in Australia in 1972 under a slogan, "it's time," that seemed to sum up everything that was stale and old-fashioned about an inward-looking, parochial nation. He was swept out less than three years later on Nov. 11,...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 5:13 AM
JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the iron-willed army general who fought in nearly all of his nation's major wars and spearheaded Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories, then years later presided over Israel's withdrawal...
| May 24, 2011
| 7:59 AM
Queen Elizabeth II welcomed President Obama to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, marking the start of a state visit with the British monarch.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misspelled the first name of the wife of...
| Jan 9, 2011
British film hyphenate Julian Fellowes, 61, who won an original screenplay Oscar for "Gosford Park," returns to early 20th century England for the script of his latest TV drama, "Downton Abbey." The four-episode series about life on a great country...
| Oct 7, 2012
The St. Zita Society
Scribner: 272 pp., $26
If you're unfamiliar with Ruth Rendell, if you've somehow managed to miss her 60 or so books, if you've never experienced the frisson...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 3:55 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - J.K. Rowling's first foray into adult fiction was bound to be compared to her wildly successful Harry Potter series, and, while "The Casual Vacancy" has earned mixed reviews, for some critics the magic has worn off.
The Casual Vacancy,...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Three world leaders -- a white conservative, a black liberal and an unpretentious woman governing the happiest country on Earth -- mirthfully huddled together for a photo capturing a momentous event.
Nelson Mandela would have been pleased.