We knew The Artist was a sign of what was to come. Salut, Sarkozy, c'est la vie.This afternoon, President Nicolas Sarkozy, head of the center-right Union for a Popular Movement, conceded his re-election for a second term to Francois Hollande, the first President-elect from the French ... More >>
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News International who resigned this week in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tearing through News Corp, has received a hefty $5.6 million buyout package, according to the Daily Mail. Others being handed a thick envelope on their way out the door: the ... More >>
We noted this morning that the phone hacking scandal plaguing now-shuttered British tabloid News of the World, though it can be traced back for years, had metastasized into a crazy cancer including a possible September 11 connection, rattling Rupert Murdoch's entire News Corporation empire. L ... More >>
It is never easy to say goodbye to people you've come to know so well on the Internet, as thousands of people on Twitter have demonstrated today at the news that Ivy Bean, the oldest recorded Twitterer, died this morning in Brandford, UK, at the age of 104. She is survived by a sprinkling of ... More >>
That was fast. British prime minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation after stating yesterday that he would be stepping down. Thus ends 13 years of Labour Party rule.
Following last week's U.K. general election in which no party won an overall majority, Gordon Brown has announced that he will be stepping down as Labour Party leader, reports BBC News. He has been prime minister since 2007.
Remember that movie Joe Versus the Volcano? It wasn't very good, but it featured a young(er) Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan before her lips got all Howard-the-Duck, and it was about a guy who thinks he's dying and offers to jump into a live volcano to appease the volcano gods. And even though that mo ... More >>
New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell was rescued by British forces from his Taliban captors in Afghanistan this morning. Farrell had been taken by the Taliban on Saturday as he investigated an airstrike site near Kunduz. Killed in the raid were a British Special Forces soldier, Farrell's i ... More >>
If the U.N. won't act on its own mandate, then we should use force to combat immutable evil
Conservative Boris Johnson has been elected Mayor of London, and Mike Bloomberg is speeding to his assistance, planning a Friday meeting in London to give Johnson tips in Tory rule of a less-than-Tory polity. Johnson is clearly aware that he's most likely to make the visceral impact the Conservati ... More >>
A friend mentioned to me the other day that when she thinks of protests, she thinks of the stereotypical political protest theater that involves puppets and hippies (seriously, why all the puppets?), but with the Olympic torch relay, the method of protest--attempting to snuff out the Olympic flame-- ... More >>
China, naturally, supports a UN resolution with no teeth
On the miserable morning of November 3, many a liberal woke up in America and wondered if they should really think about waking up somewhere else. If that somewhere else for you was the United Kingdom, cancel the plane tickets. Sure, Britain has a dazzling variety of candy bars not sold here, and th ... More >>