Articles by Jill Lawless



Austen Is Zombified, Dostoevsky to Come

  • 13 August 09
  • The Associated Press
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Jane Austen novel in possession of added gore will be a surefire best-seller.

A New Art Lover Shells Out $120M

  • 22 May 08
  • The Associated Press
Two days, two modern art masterpieces, two record-breaking auction prices -- and one buyer: billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Safe From Seizure, Works Go to Britain

  • 24 January 08
  • The Associated Press
Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Cezanne and other masterpieces from Russian museums are finally hanging in a London gallery after high-level reassurances and a last-minute legal change eased Moscow's fears that the paintings could be seized in legal action if they traveled to Britain.

Web Sites Hit After Claim on Usmanov

  • 25 September 07
  • The Associated Press
Several high-profile political web sites, including that of a leading contender for London mayor, have been pulled from the Internet after Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov threatened legal action.

Rostropovich Art Fetches $40M in Sale

  • 18 September 07
  • The Associated Press
An art collection belonging to the late cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, has been sold to a private buyer for substantially more than ?20 million ($40 million), Sotheby's auction house said Monday.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Flour Used in Plot

  • 16 January 07
  • The Associated Press
The six men are accused of having planned to bomb London's transport system in the summer of 2005.

Spy Tale Surfaces After 50 Years

  • 30 October 06
  • The Associated Press
It's a real-life James Bond story -- Cold War espionage, a secret mission gone wrong, a government coverup.

Police Question Suspects on Plot

  • 14 August 06
  • The Associated Press
After thwarting a major terrorist scheme last week, British Home Secretary John Reid calls the threat of an attack ""severe.""

Ambassador's Tell-All Memoir

  • 26 July 06
  • The Associated Press
Craig Murray riles the British government with his account of his highly undiplomatic behavior in Uzbekistan.

Police Fill London's Streets 4 Weeks After Bombings

  • 05 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Police staged a show of force Thursday as an edgy London inched closer to normality with the reopening of one of the city's busiest subway lines, four weeks to the day after suicide bombers killed 52 people in attacks on the transit system.

Saakashvili Rules Out Ossetia Conflict

  • 14 July 04
  • The Associated Press
Georgia will not use force to rein in the breakaway region of South Ossetia, President Mikheil Saakashvili said Tuesday, but tensions remained high as Georgian customs officials seized a Russian humanitarian aid convoy on its way to the region.

Aide to Blair Resigns After Testifying at Kelly Inquiry

  • 01 September 03
  • The Associated Press
Alastair Campbell, the combative, acid-tongued aide who shaped and guarded Prime Minister Tony Blair's image and became a key figure in the crisis over the government's Iraq policy, announced his resignation Friday.

Blair Defiant at Inquiry Over Iraq

  • 29 August 03
  • The Associated Press
Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday at a government inquiry into the death of scientist David Kelly that he would have had to resign if there had been any truth in a media report claiming that his government distorted information about Iraqi weapons.

Europe, Asia Join in Blasting U.S. Steel Tariffs

  • 07 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Steel-producing countries around the world reacted angrily Wednesday to the U.S. decision to impose punitive tariffs on imports, saying the move betrayed years of work toward freer global trade and could spark an all-out trade war.

Brits Mutter at Home as Blair Walks World Stage

  • 10 January 02
  • The Associated Press
In the past week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has helped ease tensions between India and Pakistan and paid a risky midnight visit to the new leaders of Afghanistan. That was the easy part.

Putin, Blair Mull Closer NATO Ties

  • 24 December 01
  • The Associated Press
British Prime Minister Tony Blair ended two days of talks with President Vladimir Putin saying relations between Moscow and the West were the closest they had been in decades.

Blair Delivers Tough Ultimatum to Taliban

  • 03 October 01
  • The Associated Press
British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Afghanistan's Taliban regime Tuesday to surrender terrorists hiding in its territory or face being forced out of power.