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  • Murdoch's influence in question, BskyB deal in doubt

    Backchannels Murdoch's influence in question, BskyB deal in doubt

    British regulators are now set to review Rupert Murdoch's $12 billion bid to takeover major UK satellite company BskyB. For the moment, his influence and financial fortunes are taking a hit.

  • 'The Iron Lady' trailer shows Meryl Streep at her best

    Culture Cafe 'The Iron Lady' trailer shows Meryl Streep at her best

    The international teaser trailer for ‘The Iron Lady’ offers an early look at Meryl Steep’s already-an-awards-contender turn as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. 'The Iron Lady' is set to hit U.S. theaters December 16.

  • Tabloid phone hacking scandal spreads, former Cameron aide arrested

    Tabloid phone hacking scandal spreads, former Cameron aide arrested

    The News of the World phone hacking scandal has already destroyed the newspaper and could cost 200 jobs. Now, an ex-editor and senior aide to Prime Minister David Cameron is under arrest.

  • Brooksie's booboo! Has Murdoch tabloid gone too far?

    Brooksie's booboo! Has Murdoch tabloid gone too far?

    Rupert Murdoch's News of the World is being investigated for using private investigators to eavesdrop on the phones of a missing 13-year old and families grieving over the 7/7 terrorist attack in London.

  • Obama visit to Britain: How about a peek at Cameron's 'big society'?

    Editorial Board Blog Obama visit to Britain: How about a peek at Cameron's 'big society'?

    During President Obama's state visit to Britain, he could learn how Prime Minister David Cameron is creating a 'big society' of givers who donate time and money. The idea is barely flying yet but may have lessons for the US.

  • Michael Ignatieff: Canadian candidate struggles to prove his Canadianness

    Michael Ignatieff: Canadian candidate struggles to prove his Canadianness

    Michael Ignatieff, the Liberal Party candidate in Canada's May 2 election, lags far behind in the polls. His main problem: He spent too much time south of the border.

  • David Cameron's spin doctor Andy Coulson quits over phone hacking scandal

    David Cameron's spin doctor Andy Coulson quits over phone hacking scandal

    British Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman, Andy Coulson, resigned today amid growing controversy over his role in a phone hacking scandal while he was a British tabloid editor.

  • Britain's austerity measures push activism - and funding - online

    Britain's austerity measures push activism - and funding - online

    Boosted by student protests and a plethora of self-styled ‘grass-roots’ groups, Britain’s left is now looking to build up a broad antigovernment coalition online.

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • British students return to streets, vowing to press on against tuition hikes

    British students return to streets, vowing to press on against tuition hikes

    Police confronted a wave of walkouts, occupations, and protests Wednesday by British students angry over government plans for sharp tuition hikes. More protests appear likely.