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

President Barack Obama watched as First Lady Michelle Obama drew a pint at Ollie Hayes’ Pub in Moneygall, Ireland, in May 2011.

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»

American journalist James Foley.

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

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland

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»

British Prime Minister David Cameron with U.S. President Barack Obama in the grounds of the White House, July 2010.

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»

The press crowded outside the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge as in labor.

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»

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»

Spillers Records

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»

Margaret Thatcher's Funeral in London - Preparing to receive the coffin at St Clement Danes Church, Aldwych.

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»

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»