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John Oliver: England Has Been a ‘Little Bit of a Dick’ to Scotland

Sunday, four days away from the Scottish independence vote, the Englishman and “Last Week Tonight” host begged Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom in a way only the comedian could.

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News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

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It’s Time for Ireland to Stop Punishing Pregnant Women

For Ireland’s women, the culture of shame still lingers in the country’s archaic reproductive rights stance.

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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

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British Socialist MP Tony Benn Dies at 88

The Labour parliamentarian was a leader who seemed too good to be true for everyone in the bottom 90 percent of the economy in Britain and everywhere else. Here is a collection of statements made by and about him.

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Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

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U.K. Waters Grow Cooler and More Acidic

More fish accustomed to life in warm water are now being caught in British waters, while catches of some cold-water species have fallen by half.

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Prove You’re Gay to Stay in the U.K.

The United Kingdom’s Border Agency is demanding that people seeking asylum from prosecution in other countries due to their sexual preferences provide evidence of their homosexuality. Its line of questioning has led some to extremes just to ensure their own safety.

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Greenwald’s Partner Told He Would Be ‘Put in Jail’

In his first interview since being detained and interrogated for nine hours Sunday by British authorities under the Terrorism Act, David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency this summer, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power.”

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Congressional Babies

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The Great Kate Wait

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British Spy Agency ‘Masters the Internet’

Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters has secretly gained access to the network of cables that carry the world’s phone calls and Internet traffic and has begun to process vast amounts of personal information that it shares with the U.S. National Security Agency, documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal.

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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

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Britons: ‘Spy on Us’

A 51 percent majority of British citizens support an invasive “snooping” bill according to a new poll, while 42 percent said the government should be able to break the law to conduct surveillance in the name of preventing terrorism.

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Bizarre, Apparently Jihadist Slaying in London (Video)

Officials are calling a fatal knife attack Wednesday on an unidentified man in southeast London an act of terrorism. Footage surfaced of one of the alleged assailants with blood-stained hands holding a meat cleaver and a knife and telling viewers to “remove” their government.

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Warming Climate Endangers U.K. Farming

British farm animals and crops face a heightened health risk from several diseases encouraged by climate change.

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The Hungry British Public

Neoliberalism and its brand of response to economic crisis, austerity—both legacies of the recently deceased former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—are creating a U.K. where one in five mothers regularly goes without food in order to feed her children.

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Margaret Thatcher: A Swashbuckler on the Grandest Stage

Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, was a towering but polarizing figure. Many aspects of her legacy—the transformation of Britain into a postindustrial society—will long be debated. But one of her greatest contributions is beyond dispute.

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ Dies

The conservative Thatcher vastly reshaped Britain with her economic policies, pulling the country back from 35 years of socialism and ushering in a new era of privatization.

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British Lawmakers Say Aye to Gay Marriage in Parliamentary Vote

Members of Britain’s Parliament ruled in favor of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday, and in case the name of this particular piece of legislation doesn’t make it clear, the vote brings gay marriage ever closer to a state-sanctioned reality in the U.K.

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Richard III’s Remains Found Six Feet Under British Parking Lot

It’s hardly the kind of vaunted resting place various other British royals have enjoyed, but the earth beneath a municipal parking lot in Leicester, England, is where the remains of King Richard III were recently discovered.

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Cameron and EU

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All God’s Children Got Nukes

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Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘The Deep Blue Sea’: A Forgettable Affair

It may be that, as Americans, we are the victims of a cultural disconnect. At the height of Terence Rattigan’s fame, the Brits invested a good deal of admiration in his attempts to extend the reign of the carefully constructed prewar “problem” play into the postwar era.

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60 Years of Queen Elizabeth II

Hey, everyone, it’s Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee! Even if you’re not much of a royal-watcher, a rather puzzling pastime for some Americans and a royal snooze as far as we’re concerned, the woman has reigned in the U.K. during a significant swath of recent history. Let’s review.

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British PM: No Public Funding for Queen’s Yacht

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a good call Monday by declaring that no funds from U.K. taxpayers’ pockets should be funneled toward gifting Queen Elizabeth II with a shiny new $90 million yacht on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

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Quarreling EU

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Britain Stands Alone After EU Veto

If pushing away from the European Union was British Prime Minister David Cameron’s goal in making the U.K. the only nation in the region to veto a proposal to renegotiate the EU treaty, he got what he wanted Friday.

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Iranians Take Out Anger on British Embassy

The Union Jack burned outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday as angry Iranian protesters charged the compound, smashed windows and demonstrated their displeasure with the British government’s newly imposed sanctions in reaction to Iran’s purported plans to develop nuclear weapons.

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Thatcher’s Friends Slam Streep in ‘Iron Lady’

Perhaps the filmmakers behind the new Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” with big-screen queen Meryl Streep playing the titular part, can at least be assured that their characterization of Great Britain’s first female prime minister didn’t overly pander to its famous subject, in that some of her friends ... (more)

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‘Tabloid’: Errol Morris’ Lunatic Love Story

Morris’ film has a giddy quality. But, essentially, he is trying to keep a straight face amid the chaos he is recounting. Come right down to it, what could a filmmaker add to this story by striking attitudes toward the events he recounts?

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Rupert Murdoch

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Hacking Scandal Leads to British Tabloid’s Demise

There might have been a changing of the guard among the top editors at the News of the World in recent months, but the British tabloid, part of the Murdoch family media dynasty, is going off the presses for good this weekend after a hacking scandal ... (more)

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EU Rejects Aggressive Cut in Carbon Emissions

On Tuesday, conservative British representatives led the European Parliament to reject a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 in a preliminary vote stirred by claims that such a sharp decrease taken out of step with other nations would drive businesses out of EU countries. (more)

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Memories of the Royal Wedding

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The Next Royal Wedding

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