Jul 11, 2014

Is there a right to secede?

by Peter Singer

If a majority of the voters in a distinct region of a country favor independence, does that mean that they have a right to secede? Paradoxically the EU has made it more feasible for states like Scotland and Catalonia to consider independence.

Defector's trove of KGB files released

Jul 7, 2014

Defector's trove of KGB files released

The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who’s who of Soviet spying — were released Monday ...

Is EU ready to actually change?

| Jul 5, 2014

Is EU ready to actually change?

After six decades of relentless — if incremental — integration, might the European Union be about to go into reverse? The “ever-closer union” enshrined in EU treaties since 1957 no longer looks so assured after a voter backlash in May’s European Parliament elections and ...

Jul 4, 2014

Queen Elizabeth names Britain's biggest warship

Queen Elizabeth will officially name the biggest warship Britain has ever built on Friday, the latest step in a 6.2 billion pound ($10.6 billion) project to build a new generation of aircraft carriers. But the show of military might and engineering expertise comes at ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Jul 1, 2014

Hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map

Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing ...