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5 things gov't whistleblowers say you must know

The U.S. government sees Americans as 'the enemy' and other common sense advice in the Snowden era.... Read more»0

This Irish cottage may be haunted by violent fairies

How else to explain a series of mysterious deaths that has villagers talking about ghosts and the benefits of demolition?... Read more»0

The Irish village that’s built a cottage industry as Obama’s ancestral home

Barack Obama’s approval ratings have plunged to George W. Bush levels of unpopularity, with half of Americans saying they don’t like the job he’s doing. But if that news has the president feeling low, he can always take heart that at least one place in the world will always be glad to welcome him home. That would be this tiny County Offaly village in central Ireland that’s built a cottage industry around its unlikely status as the ancestral home — well, an ancestral home — of the 44th president.... Read more»0

Britain searching for James Foley's killer

Identifying the American journalist’s executioner will be difficult, but even the tiniest clues may prove helpful.... Read more»0

6 things to know about Scotland’s independence plan

Scottish leader Alex Salmond on Tuesday unveiled what he called a “mission statement” for the country’s future: a 649-page paper detailing many of the terms for an independent Scotland.... Read more»0

Analysis

The U.S. and Britain: Extra super-secret special relationship?

When it comes to security, the special relationship is raising questions about whether the two countries are doing each other’s dirty work.... Read more»0

Royal baby fatigue sets in amid Britain's celebrations

Now that the baby has been born, the golden easel displayed, the gun salutes fired and the congratulatory anthems played, it is time to pose the question — is anyone just the tiniest bit sick of the royal baby coverage yet?... Read more»0

Gay marriage becomes legal in England after queen's assent

The same-sex marriage bill was passed by the lower house of the British parliament on Tuesday with support from Prime Minister David Cameron. ... Read more»0

World’s oldest record store rocks on

Founded in 1894 as a purveyor of gramophones and wax cylinders, Spillers has been selling music for nearly 120 years. It’s the world’s oldest record store, a feat of longevity listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and celebrated by no small number of devoted customers who have come here to thumb the racks.... Read more»0

Divided Kingdom: British greet Thatcher funeral with mixed reactions

Thatcher’s death on April 8 and the subsequent public reaction has forced into sharp relief the divide in the UK between those who have been swept along by London’s emergence as a global financial center and those who have been left out of the capital’s success.... Read more»0

Analysis

Thatcher’s death prompts sharply divided opinion over legacy

Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister and one of the 20th century’s most prominent political figures, died of a stroke in London on Wednesday. Her death prompted tributes from around the world for the first elected female leader of a major Western country, and reignited debate over the contentious legacy of her unflinchingly conservative policies.... Read more»0