Britain said it might try to force Madrid to abandon tighter controls at the border with the contested British overseas territory of Gibraltar.
As Kate and William await their big day, royal baby eccentricities abound.
The British team joins a group of mostly American projects known collectively as the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
As the US turns to Asia, pressure is rising on the EU to police itself, North Africa, and the Mideast.
The US has long relied on UK military support in foreign campaigns. But can that last much longer?