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Opinion: Conservatives eye Big Brother

BOSTON — This is not going to be your grandfather’s Conservative Party in Britain anymore.

NATO contemplates a broader mission

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Eleven years ago, few people other than south-Asia watchers had any idea what the Taliban was, much less could have imagined why more than 100,000 soldiers would be needed to fight it. At that time, the world’s premier military alliance, NATO, had never fought a ground war, operated outside of Europe, or invoked its Article 5 collective-defense clause.  But Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything for the alliance. Well, almost everything.

Analysis: Americans should examine the Liberal Democrats

LONDON, United Kingdom — All politics is local — a cliche but true. Although this hasn't stopped the great institutions of American journalism from rushing out reams of commentary — most of it written by people who don't live in Britain — about the result of the British election and its meaning for the United States.

How David Cameron doesn't represent change

OXFORD, United Kingdom — The British election has finally ended. After a few twists and turns what seemed inevitable a few months ago has come to pass: David Cameron is prime minister. Cameron ran on the simple slogan "Time for Change." And while he might change some things about this country, one thing will stay the same: Oxford University will continue to exercise disproportionate influence on British political life.

Opinion: Lessons of the UK election (so far)

Update: Gordon Brown is no longer British Prime Minister. Per custom he went to Buckingham Palace at around 7:25 p.m. local time to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. Approximately an hour later, she summoned David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, and asked him to form a government. Cameron is expected to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrat party. Details will become clear overnight. Brown has also resigned as leader of the Labour Party marking his departure from front line politics.

Still waiting: but it's getting interesting

LONDON — Some dramatic developments in Britain's search for a government. Gordon Brown has just announced he is standing down as Labour Party leader. Nick Clegg, leader of the Lib Dems, who has had two days of talks with the Conservatives, has now formally opened talks with the Labour party as well.

Britain: Pols keep people waiting

LONDON, U.K. — Why are we waiting?                    Why-eye are we waiting?                    Why are we wai-ting?                    Oh, why, why, why?

Northern Ireland voters reject Mr. Robinson

DUBLIN, Ireland ─ One of the biggest shocks in the United Kingdom's general election came in Belfast, where the leader of Northern Ireland’s biggest party lost the parliamentary seat he has kept warm for 31 years. Peter Robinson, who heads the Democratic Unionist Party, conceded defeat in East Belfast to Naomi Long, deputy leader of the moderate Alliance party, which straddles the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.

British elections: The counting begins

8:55 p.m. ET — Brown re-elected ... Cameron a safe bet. Gordon Brown has just been re-elected in his constituency in Fife in eastern Scotland.  He told the assembly at the counting hall, he would continue to "play his part" in creating "stable government" for Britain. Sufficiently ambiguous to be interpreted as a valedictory statement or a declaration of willingness to form a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.
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