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New Year’s Eve is always loud in our part of London, but it quieted down after all the drunks eventually staggered off home—and to our astonishment, it stayed quiet all the next...
If Russia spent as much on intelligence agencies as the United States does—$52.6 billion in 2013, according to the "black budget" published by the Washington Post last August—...
It’s always dangerous to declare “mission accomplished”. Former U.S. president George W. Bush did it weeks after he invaded Iraq, and it will be quoted in history books a century...
After a decade when the struggle for equal rights for gay people made great progress, it looks like the counter-revolution is underway. In the past six months, there have been...
The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp and sentimentality than was lavished on Nelson Mandela during the week-long media orgy that we have just been through. We...
Purges in Communist states have rarely stopped with the execution of one senior party member, especially when he has been tortured into “confessing” at his show trial that he was...
And now for something completely different: a spy story that isn’t about Edward Snowden’s disclosures and the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance of everything and...
The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the poorest and most inaccessible countries in the world. It’s the size of France, but it only has four and a half million people. It...
It has gone quiet in Bangkok, as the people who have been trying to overthrow the government tidy up the debris that litters the city after the last two weeks of demonstrations....
Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych had much explaining to do at the summit meeting of the European Union in Vilnius, Lithuania, last Thursday (November 28). After six years of...

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