Greece ruptures 30 years of political consensus in Europe

/ Feb 3, 2015

Greece ruptures 30 years of political consensus in Europe

By catapulting to power an improbable alliance of the hard -left and nationalist far-right, Greece has shaken up Europe's political kaleidoscope and may have signaled the end of an era of centrist consensus. With eight general elections due in the European Union this year, as ...

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 five-day ...

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 response ...

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 Downing ...

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 ...

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

Apr 20, 2013

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

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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 station. ...