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The Iron Lady: In memoriam (PHOTOS)

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke, her spokesman announced on Monday. She was 87.

Euro 2012’s England vs. Ukraine match is freighted with past disappointments

When England plays in a major tournament, the country comes to a standstill. Hope with an asterisk triumphs over experience. People fill the pubs, supermarkets are denuded of cans of lager as those with family responsibility sit down in front of the telly and fervently try to believe that this time will be different.

Scottish Independence, pt. 3

War of words between London and Edinburgh over Scotland's future heats up
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Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond strikes a Churchillian pose today in Edinburgh. (Jeff J Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images)

As I've mentioned previously, Scottish independence is both a possibility and increasingly an opportunity for political game playing.

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Scottish independence: Cameron steps in

British Prime Minister raises the stakes by demanding Scots hold independence referendum within 18 months.
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They do love their history in Scotland and the Scots want their independence back, although they probably don't want to restore the monarchy of Robert the Bruce (Christopher Furlong/AFP/Getty Images)

In the first stage of a game of call my bluff, David Cameron announced yesterday that a referendum on Scottish independence should be held within 18 months.

The Scottish National Party took over Scotland's devolved parliament after winning a sizeable majority in the elections of May 2010. The main plank in the party's platform was its pledge to offer Scots a referendum on whether to remain in the United Kingdom. 

SNP leader Alex Salmond wanted to hold that referendum in 2014 on the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce's victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn - they are obsessed by history everywhere on this island.

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Saif Gaddafi's London home taken by squatters

The apparent London home of Saif Gaddafi, the son of defiant Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been taken over by a protest group.
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