Prime Minister Boris Johnson won approval for his Brexit deal in parliament Friday, the first step toward fulfilling his election pledge to deliver Britain's departure from the European Union by Jan. 31 after his landslide victory.
2013 was a mixed bag for the world. Syria's chemical weapons are on the road to being neutralized, but dictator Bashar al-Assad remains in power. Fewer people around the world are going hungry, but many are now overweight or obese. And Japan is still a long way from solving the problems stemming from the 2011 meltdown at Fukushima. All those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Cartoonist Steve Bell has been skewering British politicians since his career took off in the late 1970s. Because his obsession is politics, a good number of American presidents have come in for in his particular brand of satire. Steve Bell's leftist politics inform how he characterizes US presidents. George W. Bush was easy. Barack Obama: not so much.
Margaret Thatcher was controversial in her life. As the world contemplated her legacy, a number of musicians who composed songs opposing Thatcher's time as British prime minister recalled how they felt and the songs they wrote while she was in office.
Even in death, Britain's former Prime Minister seems to hold sway over Britain. Over the last week, the country has seen everything from plans for a quasi-state funeral to booming sales of the song 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead."
Damian Barr, who grew up gay during Thatcher's conservative government, tells how he coped with being different in a working class neighborhood during the Thatcher years.