Britain's sharp defense budget cuts target 8 percent of the military's $59 billion budget. Prime Minister David Cameron called President Obama to reassure him that the UK would remain a 'first rate' military power.
Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers' assistants Kerry Wallace (l.) and Victoria Crake pose for photographers while wearing Darth Vader helmets created by artists, during a photocall in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday. The two helmets designed by street artists Niagara and Eelus and will go on display at Lyon & Turnbull on Friday and are from a collection of 100 from The Vader Project which are to be auctioned in Philadelphia on July 10.
The Iceland volcano underscores the need for the US to invest more heavily in surface transportation -- and move quickly to reauthorize the six-year transportation law.
Still smarting from the Icelandic bank meltdown that parted many from their investments, Brits are none too happy about the salvo of volcanic ash that's grounded their air traffic.
British Royal Marines and sailors from the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose intercept a pirate gang in the Somali basin on Oct. 14, 2010. Cyber attacks, terrorism, inter-state conflict and natural hazards are the top threats to British security, officials said, a day before a major military review due to include deep spending cuts.
Pittsburgh Pirates Garret Jones basks in the sun prior to the team's spring training baseball practice on Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.
The Northern Lights shimmer above the flight deck of the Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy's largest warship, in the Fjords of Norway. HMS Ocean is operating in the region as part of the United Kingdom's Amphibious Task Group, conducting Exercise Cold Response, a multinational exercise conducted alongside the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Iran has released the five British sailors it detained last week after their racing yacht strayed into Iranian waters.
Lethal or nonlethal weapons? The attack on the US-flagged Maersk Alabama reignites the debate over how to stop Somali pirates.
The life of playwright and entrepreneur Beaumarchais offers a window into the transformation that brought France to revolution.