Mar 16, 2015

Blair poised to step back from Mideast role: report

Tony Blair is poised to step back from his role with the diplomatic Middle East Quartet, the Financial Times reported Sunday, citing several people familiar with the situation. The former British prime minister has discussed his position with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ...

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Mar 14, 2015

In about-face, Sweden offers to question Assange in London

Julian Assange and his supporters warily welcomed a surprise U-turn Friday by Swedish prosecutors, who now say they are willing to come to London to quiz the WikiLeaks founder over alleged sex crimes. The reversal, however, doesn’t mean the anti-secrecy activist will soon be ...

Mar 13, 2015

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified ...

U.K. report finds spies snooping on thousands of emails

Mar 13, 2015

U.K. report finds spies snooping on thousands of emails

British spies are reading thousands of private communications every day, according to a new report Thursday that was triggered by the Edward Snowden leaks. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said the interception did not amount to “indiscriminate surveillance,” but called for greater transparency ...

Mar 10, 2015

'Britain's white jihadi' a teen from Australia: report

A Westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed “Britain’s white jihadi” is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday. A photo of the meek-looking youth, holding a rifle and sitting in between two jihadis with a ...

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Mar 9, 2015

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Behind the neo-Gothic splendor of Big Ben, Britain’s Houses of Parliament is crumbling and overrun with mice, prompting its top official to warn the building may have to be “abandoned” without urgent renovations. Leaking roofs mean members of parliament have to use waste paper ...

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Mar 6, 2015

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls — Britain’s spy agencies should be recruiting middle-aged mothers to expand their talent pool, parliament’s intelligence and security committee said Thursday. Where MI5, MI6 and GCHQ once picked out new recruits by laying a discreet hand on the ...

Mar 4, 2015

British former marine reported killed in Syria

A former Royal Marine has become the first British fighter to be killed battling with Kurdish forces against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the BBC reported on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier told reporters a European citizen had been killed fighting ...