White House Tries to Soothe British Officials Over Trump Wiretap Claim – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump provoked a rare public dispute with America’s closest ally on Friday after his White House aired an explosive and unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s spy agency had secretly eavesdropped on him at the behest of President Barack Obama during last year’s campaign. Livid British officials adamantly denied the allegation and secured promises […]

‘Brexit’ Fuels Feeling in Scotland That Time Is Right for Independence – The New York Times

A demonstration in Glasgow on Monday, after the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would seek permission to hold a new referendum on independence. Credit Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images LONDON — Scotland’s nationalists wasted no time: Just minutes after the country’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, called on Monday for a new independence referendum, a website […]

For the first time in my life, the prospect of a united Ireland is not only credible but inevitable | The Independent

In order for the UK to enact its post-Brexit immigration policies and leave the single market, it must be able to control its borders. It is impossible to overstate the horror with which such a wall between the north and south would be greeted scald=4585456:article_responsive_images [if IE 9]>< ![endif][if IE 9]>< ![endif] END scald=4585456 St Patrick’s Day celebrations: […]

London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days | Environment | The Guardian

London has breached its annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017, a “shameful reminder of the severity of London’s air pollution”, according to campaigners. By law, hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be more than 200 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) more than 18 times in a whole year, but late […]