Aug 24, 2014

U.K. Muslims lash out at 'jihadi cool' after beheading

A British Muslim leader has called for action to tackle a jihadi subculture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. In Washington, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department had opened a criminal ...

Aug 22, 2014

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he ...

Aug 18, 2014

Polls suggest defeat in Scottish vote

With just a month to go until Scotland votes on independence from Britain, polls suggest the plan will be defeated, leaving First Minister Alex Salmond and the “yes” camp in an uphill battle to secure victory. Salmond has struggled to convince a majority of ...

Aug 17, 2014

U.K. councils field queries on dragons, ghosts

Is your town safe from dragon attack? A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners was published Saturday by England’s Local Government Association. The group, which represents more than 350 councils, asked the public not to burden ...

Aug 15, 2014

George Orwell executor accuses Amazon of dystopian crime of doublespeak

The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts inside out” by alleging that the British author ...