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Scottish Actor James McAvoy on Independence

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Actor and Scotland native James McAvoy talks about his feelings on Scottish independence, and shares his perspective on what it means for the future of his homeland. 

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The Takeaway

Scotland the Brave? Paying The Price for Independence

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The stakes are high for Scotland, whose voters will decide in two days whether or not to split from England—for good. Here’s what a separation would mean for both sides.

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The Takeaway

Brutal Murder of British Soldier an "Act of Terror"

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It has been confirmed that the man brutally hacked to death Wednesday in London by two attackers carrying machetes was a serving British soldier. The British government says the murder was an act of terror. The concern now is whether Wednesday's assault near an army barracks could lead to more attacks.

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The Takeaway

Thatcher Hate, Expressed in Song

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher attracted such titles as Tramp the Dirt Down, in which Elvis Constello imagined Thatcher's end in 1983. Morrisey imaginging her on the Guillotine in 1988, and any number of unplayable insults and angry rants came from bands like the Clash, Pink Floyd and Crass. What else did the former British prime minister inspire?

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WNYC News

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead at 87

Monday, April 08, 2013

Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. She was 87.

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The Takeaway

Scotland Takes On Donald Trump

Friday, March 29, 2013

Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy, and now he's courting it overseas. The real estate mogul has been engaged in a years-long battle with the residents of the Scottish city of Aberdeen, but now the project has hit another snag.

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The Takeaway

British Prime Minister Pledges Referendum on E.U. Membership

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As a sort of counter-balance to Washington's preference to kick the can down the road, British Prime Minister David Cameron is tackling head-on a huge issue for Europe: He has pledged a referendum on British membership of the European Union. John Burns has been following the story from Britain for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Prank Calling Australian DJ Breaks Silence

Monday, December 10, 2012

Australian DJ Mel Grieg of the radio program Today FM broke her silence on the journalistic prank call that delivered a scoop confirming that royal Kate Middleton was pregnant with an heir to the British Crown. But the call is also being connected to a tragedy. Miranda Devine, a columnist with Sydney's Daily Telegraph, explains.

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The Takeaway

Major Report Could Forever Change British Journalism

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A recently published report in Britain stemming from the phone hacking scandals involving Rupert Murdoch's News of the World calls for a new press regulatory body, one that is independent from industry and government leaders. Nadhim Zahawi is a British Conservative Member of Parliament. He says the report could have lasting effects on British journalism and politics.

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The Takeaway

Queen's Private Opinion Goes Public

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is it possible to lead a country without those in that country knowing where you stand politically? In the 21st century the idea that any head of state could keep his or her views about the world private is, frankly, ridiculous. Unless, that is, you're the Queen of England.

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The Takeaway

The Two Faces of London: John Lanchester's "Capital"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

London has had plenty of reasons to celebrate lately. Last April was the Royal Wedding, and just a few weeks ago thousands commemorated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But behind these posh events, and the billions of dollars in taxes they require, is a struggling citizenry that has been plagued by terrorism, and more recently, widespread rioting.

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The Takeaway

John Hockenberry, Live in London

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's musical chairs for The Takeaway this week, as John Hockenberry guest-hosts the BBC's World Update program in London, while World Update host Dan Damon joins The Takeaway. Here, John shares some thoughts from across the pond:

It’s starting to feel a little late in the day around here. The afternoons are getting longer and there is not much time left to make the magic happen. You might say that London is a city dressing up for a hot date, an all-out go-for-broke global celebration. This is a wear the pearls and the gold necklace moment. Yes, this is the moment for those traffic-stopping above-the-knee boots and that the fancy hat you haven’t worn in a long time, you know the one. You can see it everywhere here.

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The Takeaway

An Intimate Look at Queen Elizabeth II's Reign

Monday, January 09, 2012

For many living inside or outside of a monarchy, the relevance of — or even necessity for — kings and queens in contemporary society is difficult to understand. But to others the concept is irresistable, as evidenced by the continued media fervor over Prince William and Princess Kate. Author Andrew Marr has interviewed those closest to the British royal family's notoriously furtive member and head, Queen Elizabeth II. His new book, "The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II" provides insight into the transformation of the monarchy over her 60-year reign.

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The Takeaway

Papers Uncovered in Gadhafi Compound Show UK, US Rendition Operation

Monday, September 05, 2011

As Libyan rebels continue their hunt for Moammar Gadhafi, the military commander of the anti-Gaddafi forces in Tripoli says he wants and apology from the United States and the United Kingdom. The commander, Abdel Hakijm Belhaj, says he was tortured after being arrested in Bangkok in 2004 as a terrorism suspect, then transferred by the CIA and British intelligence agencies to a prison in Libya. A CIA document recently uncovered in Gadhafi's Tripoli compound shows "that the British and Libyans worked together to arrange for a terrorism suspect to be removed from Hong Kong to Tripoli – along with his wife and children – despite the risk that they would be tortured," according to The Guardian.

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The Takeaway

From the Royal Wedding to Riots, A Swift Downturn for the UK

Friday, August 12, 2011

In April, the climate in the United Kingdom was jubilant, as Prince William and Kate Middleton wed at Westminster Abbey. Afterward, one million people lined the route from Westminster to Buckingham Palace, and citizens threw parties and rejoiced in the streets. Four months later, the atmosphere across the pond is the complete opposite of celebratory, as riots and civil unrest spread and violence continues.

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The Takeaway

UK's Youth Planning to be 'Poorer Than Their Parents'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

As riots and unrest continue to spread throughout England, some say they began with youths who are unhappy with the economic climate there. Throughout the U.K., there is a growing sense that many young people are going to face more difficult financial times than their parents' generation did. The future will bring fewer job opportunities and lower pensions, which will mature at a later date and come at a greater personal cost. Overall, there’s a feeling that politicians are inept to fix the nation’s economic problems.

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Features

London Riots Spread to Sony Warehouse

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday. The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.

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The Takeaway

Summer Book Club: S.J. Bolton's 'Blood Harvest'

Monday, July 18, 2011

Our book club continues today with Celeste Headlee's second pick of the summer. S.J. Bolton is one of the most successful mystery authors writing today. Her third novel "Blood Harvest" is everything Celeste thinks a summer book should be: intriguing, suspenseful, fun — and, of course, well-written. The book centers on the mysterious disappearance and death of several young girls in a town in the British Moors.

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WQXR News

Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce Their Engagement

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prince William has finally popped the question to girlfriend Kate Middleton. As The Associated Press reports, it's a long-awaited announcement in the UK: William is the second-in-line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles.

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Transportation Nation

What's a Connection to the 'Chunnel' Worth?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Even before the election of David Cameron, the UK has been bracing the austerity measures it must undertake to save the nation's economy.  One of the moves already made is to put Britain's only high-speed rail route -- the railroad connecting London to the tunnel under the English Channel -- up for sale.  As many as six firms have bid on it, reports the Wall Street Journal.  It's everyone from Goldman Sachs to a group of Canadian pension funds.  The price to run it for 30 years?  Could be more than $3 billion. -- Collin Campbell

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