This week's long form good reads include a recounting of the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield, insights into the political thinking of rural Russians, and the Dream Chaser spaceplane's history.
Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, said the British spy agency has tried unsuccessfully to thwart Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon and warned that US and Israeli retaliation was likely.
Stephen Lennon explains to Monitor reporter, Ben Arnoldy, how he co-founded the English Defence League in the wake of an Afghan war protest.
The British monarchy has raised eyebrows by updating a rulebook to include guidelines on how the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who has no royal blood, must acknowledge the "blood princesses."
In a crowning achievement, Queen Elizabeth gets a Diamond Jubilee Google doodle that honors key symbols of her reign – and offers just a glimpse of the vast amount of jubilee kitsch on tap.
The European Union has announced that it will freeze the assets of four members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's family, including his British wife Asma.
Murdoch's tabloid The Sun is under pressure over phone hacking and bribing cops. A deputy editor decries a 'witch hunt' that shows the British press is less free than ex-Soviet states.