| 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! --...
| 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 2, 2015
| 10:32 AM
At this point, a new season of "Downton Abbey" is much like a visit from old friends. Sure, the stories are familiar -- perhaps even just variations on what you've heard before -- but it's more about sharing their company and the feelings they rekindle....
| Dec 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
For more than a half-century, since the United Nations partitioned the British Mandated state of Palestine so as to create a National Home for the Jewish People, in part of what had until the First World War been a part of the Ottoman Empire, the land...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:07 PM
The morning after Scotland's referendum on independence, British Prime Minister David Cameron stood in front of his Downing Street residence and made a decisive statement.
"We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England...
| 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....
| Sep 18, 2014
| 11:16 PM
Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout.
A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 8:51 PM
AIDS researchers and advocates are used to dealing with death, they say, but that hasn't made the last 48 hours any easier.
An estimated 12,000 scientists, medical workers, advocates and policymakers are traveling to the 20th International AIDS...