Public sector employees in the United Kingdom left their jobs and took to the streets on Wednesday to protest what they say is unfair negotiating and an unfair plan to cut their pensions. The government says it needs the cuts to balance the budget.
New immigration policies are making it increasingly more difficult for British restaurants to bring in trained curry chefs from India and Pakistan. To many, curry is the national dish of the United Kingdom.
As the global economic crisis has consumed more and more time and attention, focus on the global warming crisis has waned. So it wasn't surprising when President Barack Obama chose not to attend the Rio+20 conference this week in Brazil, and it also was unsurprising when there was little progress reported there.
French President Francois Hollande has called for a 75 percent income tax on top earners in France to help lower the country's deficit. The hope is to stave off contagion from other faltering euro zone countries, but the proposal has received harsh criticism from France's business class.
On Friday, in London, a Zionist organization in London organized an unofficial moment of silence to remember the Israelis killed in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games kidnappings. But the International Olympic Committee continues to reject calls for a formal memorial during the opening ceremonies.
As Monday's Olympic competitions wrap up, Olympic organizers are making moves to try and fill the empty seats that have been an irritation to broadcasters as Londoners alike. Sunday night, they sold some 3,000 seats to the public and moved in more seat-fillers as well.
Late last week, the European Union was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize — an award that celebrates individuals and organizations that move the world toward a more peaceful state. But the award comes at a time of upheaval in the EU, with financial troubles fracturing the unifying force.
Keeping adult content out of the hands of children has become exponentially more difficult since the dawn of the internet. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced this week that he was committed to keeping young people away from illicit content, by implementing a national filter on pornographic content.
The Olympics bring countries together to play nice. But sometimes, those countries have irreconcilable conflicts, as in 1980 when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. President Vladimir Putin's recent crackdown on gay rights has some calling for similar action in 2014.