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  • U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the White House Rose Garden in Washington March 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  - RTSA7UT
    March 10, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Obama refused to accept blame for the rise of antiestablishment populists like Donald Trump in the 2016 election, saying that the fault lies with the GOP’s years of hardline opposition to his administration. Also: British and German news sources indicated that they have received leaked files listing the names and backgrounds of Islamic State operatives. Continue reading

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    March 6, 2016  

    For the past five years, the Crawley family and their household of servants have entertained audiences with comedic one-liners from the Dowager Countess and dramatic calamity befalling nearly every character. Now the top-rated PBS drama of all time is drawing to a close. Judy Woodruff talks with creator Julian Fellowes, actress Elizabeth McGovern and others about the show. Continue reading

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron smiles as he leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016.  Cameron said on Friday he would campaign with all his "heart and soul" for Britain to stay in the European Union after he won a deal about  the so-called Brexit, in Brussels which offered his country "special status". REUTERS/Dylan Martinez - RTX27RP6 Related words: Britain, Cameron, Prime Minister, European Union, Brexit
    February 26, 2016   BY  

    Britain is considering ending a long-term relationship, while a former pope struck one up, a new documentary shows. We explore these and other international developments in this week’s 5-minute quiz. Continue reading

  • A British Union flag and a European Union flag hang from a building in central London, Britain February 18, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold 'now or never' talks on Thursday to keep Britain in the European Union, with the bloc's leaders suggesting there are only a few obstacles left to a new membership deal.  REUTERS/Toby Melville - RTX27IFM
    February 22, 2016  

    The U.K. has been a member of the European Union for more than 40 years, but that partnership might come to an end amid British concerns over eurozone turmoil and the ongoing refugee crisis. British voters will soon hold a referendum to decide whether or not to exit the EU. Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Erlanger of the New York Times for the possible implications of a U.K.-EU split. Continue reading

  • The grave of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is seen at Highgate Cemetery in London, Britain, January 21, 2016. President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to Alexander Litvinenko, a judge led-British inquiry into the 2006 killing in London concluded. There was personal antagonism between the men and Putin and members of his administration had motives for killing him, the inquiry said. The Kremlin has always denied any involvement. REUTERS/Toby Melville - RTX23F1F
    January 21, 2016  

    The findings of a British inquiry into the demise of former Russian spy and high-profile defector Alexander Litvinenko were released Thursday, concluding that Litvinenko’s 2006 death by polonium poisoning was the result of a Russian government operation, likely personally approved by President Vladimir Putin. Chris Ship of Independent Television News begins our coverage. Continue reading

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia in January 2016. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/Kremlin/via Reuters
    January 21, 2016  

    A British investigation is pointing the finger at the Russian state and President Vladimir Putin for the 2006 assassination of a former spy and defector. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times and Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia. Continue reading

  • British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter after their meeting at the Pentagon in Washington December 11, 2015. The defense chiefs discussed increased cooperation in the fight against Islamic State militants.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX1YB82
    December 11, 2015  

    The United Kingdom determined last week it would join the U.S. and France in bombing the Islamic State in Syria. U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, in Washington to meet with his American counterpart, said that British sorties have been aimed at militant fighters and the oil fields that the group uses for funding. Fallon sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the U.K. commitment to the fight. Continue reading

  • The sun rises behind Fiddlers Ferry coal fired power station near Liverpool, northern England, December 15, 2008.     REUTERS/Phil Noble    (BRITAIN) - RTR22LS6
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    The UK plans to shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2025 and replace the energy source largely with natural gas, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced Wednesday. Continue reading

  • Military investigators from Russia check debris from a Russian airliner at its crash site at the Hassana area in Arish city, north Egypt, November 1, 2015. Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1U8GM
    November 5, 2015  

    Prime Minister David Cameron defended his decision to stop British flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh as Russian officials insisted any talk of a bomb destroying the downed Metrojet airliner is just speculation. Meanwhile, Egypt’s government maintained that the crash wasn’t caused by an act of terror. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth waves as she arrives to officially open the Scottish Borders Railway at Tweedbank Station in Scotland, Britain September 9, 2015. Queen Elizabeth who ascended the throne aged just 25 as her exhausted country struggled to recover from the ravages of World War Two, made history on Wednesday when she became Britain's longest-reigning monarch. REUTERS/Phil Noble - RTSAPQ
    September 9, 2015  

    In 1952, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne after the death of her father. More than 63 years later, her reign has lasted longer than that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, who up until now had been the nation’s longest ruling monarch. Tim Ewart of Independent Television News reports on how she spent the occasion. Continue reading