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 ...

Aug 12, 2014

U.K. rules out Iraq airstrikes, plans more refugee aid

The U.K. ruled out joining U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq as it stepped up efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees. A recall of Parliament, which would be needed to sanction the use of military force, “is not on the cards,” ...

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

Aug 9, 2014

Shanghai court sentences GSK-linked investigators to prison

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a British corporate investigator to 2½ years in prison for illegally obtaining private records of Chinese citizens and selling the information on to clients including drug maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Peter Humphrey and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, who ...

In Scotland, pro-independence leader flunks TV debate

Aug 6, 2014

In Scotland, pro-independence leader flunks TV debate

The leader of Scotland’s campaign for independence failed to turn a U.S.-style television debate into a victory for his cause on Tuesday, six weeks before Scots vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom. In an unexpected setback for those who support a ...

Temporary grave of English King Richard III opens to public

Jul 27, 2014

Temporary grave of English King Richard III opens to public

The grave of King Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of ...

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

Jul 26, 2014

WWI through the eyes of those who lived it

by Jill Lawless

It’s an iconic scene of Britain at war: Thousands of Londoners huddled in Underground stations as German bombs rained down. But this is not the 1940s Blitz — it’s World War I, more than 20 years earlier. For most people, the Great War evokes ...

Jul 25, 2014

In U.K., sham marriages more prevalent: MPs

Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of lawmakers warned on Friday. The number of suspect couples referred to the interior ministry each year had more than ...