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Abdulmutallab Was In U.S. Database, But Not Official Terror Watch List Or No-Fly List

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A popping noise, an odor, then flames. What sounded like firecrackers was the climax of a failed attempt by a suspected terrorist ...

Tullett Preborn To Help Employees Relocate To Avoid UK Bonus Tax

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Tullett Prebon, a London-based inter-dealer broker described as one of the City's biggest trading firms, will help employees relocate to avoid the Uni...

Vienna Declaration: Press Freedom and Security Compatible in Fight Against Terrorism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Security and press freedom can coexist, with the free flow of information recognized as the best weapon against terrorism, international media experts argued in a final declaration published this week.

David Cameron in Conversation with Nassim Taleb

FORA.tv | FORA.tv | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

David Cameron in Conversation with Nassim Taleb Nassim Taleb is the best-selling author of Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan: The Impact of the...

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein: "I'm Doing God's Work."

Times Online | John Arlidge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Goldman's reputation is suddenly as toxic as the credit default swaps and other inexplicably exotic financial instruments it used to buy with glee. Th...

London Cemeteries So Crowded People Encouraged To Share Grave With Stranger

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — So you think London, population 8 million, is crowded with the living? There are many millions more under the soil of a city that has ...

'This Is It': Listen To Michael Jackson's New Song (AUDIO, LYRICS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK - The first song from the upcoming Michael Jackson music documentary "This Is It" made it's debut online early Monday morning on MichaelJacks...

Award Nominee Carey Mulligan Gets An Education

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

With An Education, the 24 year old British actress Carey Mulligan has come out of nowhere to garner the kind of critical acclaim and award notice that few receive so quickly.

"Spiritual America": Censorship at Yale, and Now London?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Raymond J. Learsy

Ominously, officers of the London Police forced the withdrawal of a naked image of actress Brooke Shields, aged 10, from the newly opened "Pop Life" exhibition at the Tate Modern.

AIG Internal Emails: Insurers Correspondence Details Confusion During Crisis

washingtonpost.com | Brady Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Cassano-Habayeb correspondence, along with thousands of other e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, as well as supporting interviews, reveal a ...

London Times: England's Libel Laws Being Used To Gag Talk Of 'Medical Hurricane'

London Times | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Two years ago in a conference room in the Randolph hotel in Oxford, Henrik Thomsen gave his inside account of a medical "nightmare". In a presentatio...

Raphael Drawing Sells For $48 Million At UK Auction

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — A drawing by Raphael and a Rembrandt portrait have set records and together sold for almost 50 million pounds ($82 million) at an aucti...

Movie review: Muscular "Sherlock" a Victorian bromance, with fights

Vail Daily. | Vail Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In "Sherlock Holmes," Robert Downey Jr. never utters "my dear Watson." But the warm sentiment is implied throughout Guy Ritchie's fleet and b...

Erwin Washington, Drunk United Pilot From Lakewood, Arrested In London

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Erwin Washington, of Lakewood, a United Airlines pilot, was arrested in London on charges of being drunk prior to flying from London to Chicago on Mon...

John Varley Defends Bonuses: Profits Are "Not Satanic" Barclays CEO Tells London Church Crowd

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The CEO of Britian's second-largest bank became the second of that nation's banking figures to make the case for profits in the house of god, defendin...

Letters Reveal True Views Of UK Diplomats

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — It's not exactly diplomatic – details of what British ambassadors really think about their foreign hosts were disclosed Sunday fo...

Britain Ranks As Top Financial Capital, Besting U.S.

Telegraph | James Quinn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The poll will fuel the ongoing debate as to whether London or New York is the best place to do business for financial communities, amid recent reports...

Reading the Pictures: This Kid Abdulmutallab

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2009-12-31-headshot.jpgPictures circulating of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a school trip to London in '03 is making it near impossible for the right-wing to hype his danger.

Who Is Jewish? British Court Weighs In

Politics Daily | Delia Lloyd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This week, I'd like to ask whether our identity is determined fundamentally by what we do or by our blood. Yeah, I know. That's heady, metaphysical s...

Mark Guard: New Robin Hood Moves Homeless Into Posh Mansions

DailyFinance | Lauren CooperDec 12th 2009 at 12:00PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The champion of London's homeless, Mark Guard, is becoming nearly as famous as his celebrity neighbors, including Maggie Thatcher, Joan Collins, Sean ...

Love in a Time of HIV: A Documentary

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia G. Yerman

The film explores three separate histories. As Jones wrote me via e-mail, "We wanted to look at the subject of HIV/AIDS in the light of people living with it, rather than dying from it."

Britain's Brown pledges more Afghanistan troops

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged Wednesday to send more troops to Afghanistan but only if NATO and the Afghan government do more to help fight the Taliban.

Brown said his government would increase British troop levels to 9,500 – an increase of about 500 – on the condition that President Hamid Karzai reduce corruption and improve his government's performance. Brown also pledged to send troops only if he can provide them with the proper equipment, and if NATO allies increase their contributions to the war effort.

Military experts said Brown wants to show British support for the war as the U.S. debates an increase in its Afghan troop levels and he is unlikely to call off the deployment. Brown did not specify what contributions he is seeking from NATO nations, or exactly what the Afghans must do to get the extra forces, an indication that the conditions are largely designed to put political pressure on Karzai and NATO, they said.

The increase in British troops is small and may be of mostly symbolic importance, but it will likely be welcomed by President Barack Obama as his administration ponders difficult options in Afghanistan. These include a possible increase in U.S. forces, which now number about 67,000. Britain is the second-largest force in the 42-nation NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration was pleased by Brown's announcement. He said Brown informed Obama of his decision last week when the two leaders spoke by telephone.

What Women Publish: How Miss Pettigrew Came to Live Another Day

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Chauncey Zalkin

Here are outtakes from my conversation with the smart and funny-as-hell woman who started and runs Persephone Books. Without her, Miss Pettigrew would literally not have lived to see another day.

Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire Draws NYC From Memory

Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Stephen Wiltshire was mute when he was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three. He began communicating through his drawings after being sent ...

RBS ATM Withdrawals Were Monitored Hourly During Banking Crisis

The Guardian | Jill Treanor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

City watchdogs were monitoring cash withdrawals from Royal Bank of Scotland every hour during the height of the banking crisis, the Guardian can revea...