LONDON - Britain's new prime minister, Gordon Brown, chose his senior circle of ministers today, picking David Miliband as foreign secretary. The youngest foreign secretary in decades, he is a rising star who voiced doubts over the Iraq war.
They call him "Bush's poodle." Headlines scream "Good Riddance." They're saying he was thrown out of "10 Downer Street." After that, they get mean.
Michael Moore's new movie, "Sicko," tries to convince us that health care in Canada, France, Britain and even Cuba is "free," universal, excellent and everlasting — and because in America it is not, millions of our fellow citizens, even those who sacrificed at Ground Zero, are denied care and/or die for no fault of their own. Mr. Moore also has another, larger message: that socialism is nothing to be afraid of, but rather the administrative reflection of one human being's desire to hug one another.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — The threat of civil war between competing Palestinian factions in the West Bank yesterday overshadowed the appointment of Tony Blair as the top international envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
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KATMANDU, Nepal — More than 1,500 Nepalese women have signed up with private firms to train for a possible career with the British army after it allowed them to join the Brigade of Gurkhas for the first time in nearly two centuries.
The political landscape in Britain shifts this week with the rise of Gordon Brown to the premiership. For an event that has been anticipated for years, due to the long-standing political bargain between Mr. Brown and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, its contours are still widely debated here.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES LONDON — Barring a last-minute hitch, Tony Blair will step down after a decade in power today, handing the reins to his treasury chief, Gordon Brown, in a mid-term change of leadership that threatens to become troubling to the United States.