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UK Says Fighter In Journalist Beheading Video Appears To Be British

AP | JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice...

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.

British-American Translation

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, "Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language." Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate.

Something Wonderful in Denmark: Hamlet at the UN

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Evelyn Leopold

As far as Security Council presidencies go, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant began his stint with a splash -- a live performance of the Globe Theatre's Hamlet to an enthusiastic crowd at the United Nations.

Businesses From Across America Are Investing in Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Patrick Davies

As we at the Embassy are very fond of repeating, Britain and the US do a huge amount of business together. Perhaps that's what you would expect from two of the largest, most advanced and most open economies in the world. But you needn't take my word for it: The investment numbers for 2013-14 are in, and they are impressive.

British Military Jets Escort Plane To Manchester Airport After 'Device' Warning

AP | By DANICA KIRKA | Posted 08.10.2014 | World

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Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

In Time for the Scottish Referendum, the Battle of Bannockburn Gets a Facelift

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.31.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

The 1314 Battle of Bannockburn victory for the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence, led by Robert the Bruce, inspired the Scots to believe they could triumph even if they were outnumbered and outarmored by the English.

Nonprofits: Are Your Clients Integrated Into Your Organization?

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

By including clients in every aspect of a charity, the organization is transformed immediately into a nonprofit that can adopt to the real needs of the people they serve. Plus, clients will develop self-worth and ownership in their own lives and the charity.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

What the Scottish Referendum Teaches the World

Ziad Haider | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Ziad Haider

While the movie Braveheart elicits eye rolls in Scotland for its inaccuracies (and marvel at its impact on tourism), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, two key characters, are central figures in Scottish history.

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

90-Year-Old Woman 'Dragged Off' And Raped: Cops

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime

Police said a 90-year-old woman was "dragged off" the road and raped this week in the English town of Rochdale. According to statement released by ...

Honours: Much More Than Angelina!

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame (the female equivalent of a Knight) of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours this month. A lot of Americans may not know what that entails, so I thought I'd try and explain.

My Scotland, Our Britain, a Future Worth Sharing

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Could Scotland be the pacemaker for nationalist breakaways in Spain, Belgium, Italy and Eastern Europe? And could it demonstrate, as victories for anti-immigrant parties did in last month's European elections, that even the most advanced industrial nations are not immune from nationalist or protectionist movements?

If You Thought There Was Only One British Accent...

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.19.2014 | Comedy

Have you ever thought that there was only ONE British accent (and then wished you had it)? If so, you're in for a brilliant awakening. In this sho...

World Cup Woes: Domestic Violence Spikes With Every Loss

Ravishly | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Not to interfere with anyone's celebration of Team USA's defeat of Ghana or anything, but there's a darker side to the World Cup that's been drowned out as if by an international vuvuzela: the competition's ongoing connection to domestic abuse.

Britain To Re-open Embassy In Iran

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, sa...

Britain's Still Making Excuses for Bahrain

David Mepham | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
David Mepham

While Bahrain's serious rights abuses have provoked condemnation from many governments around the world, the UK's response has been both feeble and ineffective.

Urban Artists Build A Street Offering To Peru

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Starting today, for one week only, the Andes will be inside the Somerset House. London's spectacular neo-classical home of arts and culture along...

McDonald's Expands 'Build Your own LTO' Promo

BurgerBusiness | Posted 07.20.2014 | Taste
BurgerBusiness

McDonald's is letting UK customers handle the tricky matter of menu development, if only briefly, through its popular crowdsourcing promotion, My Burg...

Experts Say UK's Optional Filtering Equals Choice, Not Censorship

Larry Magid | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

The obvious problem with the UK approach is that it's one-size-fits-all so a household of adults, teens and young children would have a single setting -- likely to protect the youngest children -- that will affect all users.

Eight Wonders Sites in Europe

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Happy voyage! Like J.R.R. Tolkien would say: "Not all those who wander are lost."

Summer Break? We Do It a Little Differently in the UK!

Zoe Williams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Zoe Williams

We can grow our own vino too -- who needs sunny weather to make a corker of a bottle of wine?