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  • muslimalienation1
    January 26, 2015  

    Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism. Continue reading

  • U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, from the U.S.-operated fighter base at RAF Lakenheath, is refueled. The Pentagon announced Thursday its plans to consolidate its bases in Europe, including restructuring that would replace F-15 fighter jets with F-35 aircraft. Photo by Cecil Daw/Reuters
    January 8, 2015   BY Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Thursday unveiled sweeping plans to consolidate its forces in Europe, taking thousands of U.S. military and civilian personnel out of bases mostly in the United Kingdom and Portugal, in an effort that will save about $500 million each year. Continue reading

  • Forty years after his death, musician Nick Drake's sister wants to set the record straight, to provide a "fuller picture of someone who was basically an enigma." She published "Nick Drake: Remembered for a While," “the authorized companion” to the artist’s music earlier this week.
    December 12, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Forty years ago, musician Nick Drake died at age 26, and is often remembered today as a “solitary, misunderstood lonely poet.” Now his sister wants to set the record straight, to provide a fuller picture of the artist. The result is “Nick Drake: Remembered for a While,” an authorized companion to his work. Continue reading

  • Harris tweed comes in a multitude of colors. Photo by Flickr user marcus_jb1973
    December 3, 2014   BY Lorna Baldwin 

    Tweed, once a staple of the British landed gentry, is taking off on the path of rebirth and reinvention. It graces runways in Paris and New York. It adorns Hollywood A-listers from Benedict Cumberbatch to Miss Piggy. It’s the reason cyclists gather for “Tweed Rides” around the world, and now it’s even available imbued with the fragrance of whisky. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    September 26, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, the British House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to join a U.S.-led coalition air campaign against the Islamic State militants in Iraq. Also, the State Department issued a travel warning for Yemen amid fears of a civil war, urging Americans living there to leave and reducing the number of government staff. Continue reading

  • Revelers wrapped in a St Andrew's or Saltire flag, the national flag of Scotland, sit on a bench following Scottish independence referendum result night celebrations in George Square in Glasgow, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    September 19, 2014  

    Since Scots decided to stay with the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised more powers for Scotland. Louise Richardson of the University of St. Andrews and David Rennie of The Economist speak with Judy Woodruff about the significance of the vote and what’s in store for the future of the U.K. Continue reading

  • NO THANKS monitor scotrland vote
    September 19, 2014  

    Voter turnout in Scotland topped an unprecedented 85 percent for a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. In the end, 55 percent voted to stay. And with the threat of separation gone, Prime Minister David Cameron renewed a promise to grant Scotland more powers. Judy Woodruff reports on the reactions from both sides. Continue reading

  • Pro-Union supporters celebrate following the announcement of referendum polling results during a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Friday conceded defeat in his party's campaign for independence from the rest of the United Kingdom, after all but one result from the historic referendum was declared.  AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN        (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
    September 19, 2014   BY Nora Daly 

    Scottish citizens awoke today — if they ever went to bed at all — to the news that their country will remain part of the United Kingdom. A record-breaking 85 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls Thursday to cast their ballots for or against independence, the Associated Press reports. This included a number of voters under the age of 18 — the referendum was the first time individuals as young as 16 were permitted to vote on a major matter of state in the United Kingdom. The majority of residents, 55 percent, voted against independence, while 45 percent voted for it. Continue reading

  • A voter leaves a polling station in Peebles, Scotland on Thursday, the day of the independence referendum. After months of campaigning, the people of Scotland got to decide the fate of their homeland. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
    September 19, 2014   BY Larisa Epatko 

    Updated at 3:30 a.m. EDT Friday | Scots voted to stay in the union with England, following Thursday’s historic referendum. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    September 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a British freelance journalist appeared in a propaganda video by the Islamic State. Hostage John Cantlie criticized the failure to prevent the killing of three other hostages by the militant group and indicated he would make more statements on their behalf. Also, Scottish citizens voted on a referendum over whether to break away from the United Kingdom. Continue reading

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