Explained: Why sanctions are flagging

Since February 23, the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, the European Union’s Council has adopted six rounds of sanctions to “impose clear economic and political costs” on the government of President Vladimir Putin, and to “cripple the Kremlin’s ability to finance the war” . Western governments, including the United States and United Kingdom, have cut … Read more

As Queen Elizabeth II marks her Platinum Jubilee, a look at her record-breaking reign

Official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee began on Thursday (June 2) with the annual ‘Trooping the Color’ ceremony, an military parade to mark the British sovereign’s official birthday for more than 260 years. The Queen was joined by senior members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the … Read more

Has the sun finally set on the British Empire? The Queen and the Commonwealth explained

When Queen Victoria celebrated her diamond jubilee in 1897, it marked the apex of British power on the world stage. Six decades since she had ascended the throne, Victoria, then half-blind and generally infirm, was at the top of an imperial chain that wound its way across every continent, binding together a quarter of the … Read more