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Europe has a growing anti-Semitism problem

The war in Gaza is drawing attention to growing anti-Semitism in Europe.... Read more»

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How Brits actually sound versus how Hollywood thinks they sound

For a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the United Kingdom has an astonishing wealth of regional accents. ... Read more»

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

Nations around the globe have taken important steps over the past two years to safeguard nuclear weapons materials from potential thefts by terrorists, an expert Washington-based group concluded Jan. 8 in a comprehensive report.... Read more»

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»

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»

Brits move beyond spotted dick

Northern Europe is enjoying a food renaissance. Once maligned British nosh is now hailed – even in France.... Read more»1

Why Obama's Iran strategy is the best way forward

Even though halting Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions is an urgent priority, there is time for a disciplined approach and a serious and determined effort to resolve the situation diplomatically.... Read more»

Australia home to 60,000 illegal immigrants

A report out Monday — that that nearly 60,000 foreigners are in Australia unlawfully — should give pause for thought. It's not the 4,700-odd "boat people" accepted by Canberra each year. These illegals are (mainly) Americans, Britons, Chinese, Malaysians and South Koreans.... Read more»

Coroner: Winehouse likely died from alcohol poisoning

A coroner's court in London ruled that Amy Winehouse was most likely killed by accidental alcohol poisoning, the Associated Press reported.... Read more»

Art historian: Lost da Vinci drawing found

A British art historian says he’s identified a lost da Vinci portrait that was ripped out of a 15th century book, the Guardian reports. If this is true, Christie’s auction house sold the drawing years ago for about £100 million less than it was worth.... Read more»

Queen Elizabeth needs more money for estates

Despite efforts to reduce her cost to the British taxpayer by $2.9 million last year, the British monarch Queen Elizabeth needs more public money to fund repairs and maintenance work on royal estates.... Read more»

Germans voted least funny

Germans are the most unfunny nationality in the world, according to an international poll. Americans were voted the most hilarious over all and the Spanish were chosen as the most amusing Europeans, ahead of the Italians and the French, according to Reuters.... Read more»

Ash cloud from Iceland volcano disrupts U.K. air travel

Thousands of U.K. passengers are facing travel delays Tuesday as a cloud of ash from Iceland’s erupting Grimsvotn volcano headed toward Scotland, causing flight cancellations and a change in travel plans for President Barack Obama.... Read more»

U.K. safari mission lands a stuffed toy tiger

Police in southern England launched a large-scale operation, including a helicopter team with thermal imaging cameras, after reports of a white tiger stalking prey near a golf course in Hampshire.... Read more»

Queen Elizabeth's visit heals Irish rifts

In two days an 85-year-old, slightly-stooped woman, armed with nothing more than a handbag and a smile, has managed to bring relations between Britain and Ireland to a new level of warmth and friendship.... Read more»2

Election in Scotland might undo the U.K.

Britons celebrated the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton by hanging out the Union Jack, from the cliffs of Dover to the Scottish highlands. A week later, the Scottish electorate threatened to make the famous tri-colored flag obsolete.... Read more»2

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