Modi passes 'Thatcher test' as coal union strike crumbles

Jan 8, 2015

Modi passes 'Thatcher test' as coal union strike crumbles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced down the first major opposition to his economic agenda as coal unions called off a 2-day-old strike that threatened to paralyze the nation. The unions at the world’s biggest coal miner, Coal India Ltd., agreed to end the planned ...

Secret files shed light on first Thatcher-Gorbachev talks

Dec 31, 2014

Secret files shed light on first Thatcher-Gorbachev talks

Classified documents made public Tuesday shed light on the political courtship between former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whom she famously declared she could “do business” with. After Gorbachev’s first official visit to Britain in 1984, four months before ...

Dec 30, 2014

U.K. studied chemical weapons buildup in 1980s: secret papers

Newly released official papers show that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government considered rebuilding Britain’s chemical weapons arsenal in the face of a Soviet threat in the early 1980s. The formerly secret documents show that Thatcher’s defense chiefs were worried that Britain had no ...

Jan 3, 2014

Bogus tape of Thatcher-Reagan spat baffled spies

A fake tape of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher arguing over the Falklands War had the British secret services scrambling to identify the culprits, archive files released Friday showed. The tape, supposedly a telephone recording of the U.S. president and the British prime minister, ...

Who's at the door? Oh, it's Gorbachev

Jan 3, 2014

Who's at the door? Oh, it's Gorbachev

In the scripted world of high-profile diplomacy, every move is planned weeks in advance, with seating charts, menus and toasts subject to careful scrutiny. So imagine Britain’s surprise when Mikhail Gorbachev made an unannounced, spontaneous visit to the prime minister’s residence at No. 10 ...

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

Aug 1, 2013

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

British government files from 1983, opened to the public for the first time Wednesday, include an official’s view of the message Queen Elizabeth II would have broadcast to the nation in the event of World War III. The speech was drafted as part of ...

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

Apr 20, 2013

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

by Elizabeth Day

Much of Eileen Jeffrey’s adult life has been shaped by a woman she never met and a prime minister she never voted for. “I remember Margaret Thatcher, of course I do,” Jeffrey says, standing in the shadow of the South Quay Docklands Light Railway ...