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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
By United Press International
Commentary: Middle East: Bloody quicksands

Commentary: Middle East: Bloody quicksands

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad moves from arch-villain to a new status: The lesser of two evils as thousands of young Islamists flood the country,

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, March 11, 2013.
By United Press International

Book: KGB spied on Princess Margaret

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The KGB, the former Soviet Union's spy agency, targeted Princess Margaret, younger sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, a new book says.
Commentary: Second holocaust?

Commentary: Second holocaust?

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- "Iran’s plan for a second holocaust must be stopped,” says John Bolton on the cover of Newsmax’s April issue. A remarkable document and a “must” read.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 11, 2012.
By United Press International

Head of mental hospital quits after escape

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The head of a Washington state mental hospital holding a criminally insane killer who walked away while on an outing has resigned.

Singing ringmaster dies at 85

CANTON, Ill., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Harold Ronk, the ringmaster who sang at thousands of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows for 30 years, has died in Canton, Ohio, at 85.

BBC: Britain aided Israeli nuclear program

LONDON, March 10 (UPI) -- Britain sold Israel plutonium and heavy water in the 1960s, helping to kickstart its nuclear weapons program, the BBC reports.

British PM feared Russian spies

LONDON, June 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was convinced Russian spies were watching him even when he took his holidays.

Archives show Harold Wilson feared plots

LONDON, June 1 (UPI) -- Newly declassified British documents show former Prime Minister Harold Wilson worried about being spied on by Russia and plots by his own security force.

Blair now longest serving Labor PM

LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Tony Blair has overtaken Harold Wilson to become the Labor Party's longest-serving prime minister in British history.
Harold Wilson
U.S. President Gerald Ford (L) and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (R) along with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (above) on the steps of the U.S. Embassy on July 30, 1975, prior to a breakfast working session. Wilson was the first delegation chief scheduled to speak later today at the opening of the European Security Conference Summit here in Helsinki, Finland. (UPI Photo/Files)

James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 – 24 May 1995) was a British Labour politician. One of the most prominent British politicians of the latter half of the 20th century, he served two terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, first from 1964 to 1970, and again from 1974 to 1976. He emerged as Prime Minister after more general elections than any other 20th century premier, contesting five general elections and winning four of them (in 1964, 1966, February 1974 and October 1974). He is the most recent British Prime Minister to have served non-consecutive terms.

Harold Wilson first served as Prime Minister in the 1960s, during a period of low unemployment and relative economic prosperity (though also of significant problems with the UK's external balance of payments). His second term in office began in 1974, when a period of economic crisis was beginning to hit most Western countries. On both occasions, economic concerns were to prove a significant constraint on his governments' ambitions. Wilson's own approach to socialism placed emphasis on efforts to increase opportunity within society, for example through change and expansion within the education system, allied to the technocratic aim of taking better advantage of rapid scientific progress, rather than on the left's traditional goal of promoting wider public ownership of industry. While he did not challenge the Party constitution's stated dedication to nationalisation head-on, he took little action to pursue it.

Though generally not at the top of Wilson's personal areas of priority, his first period in office was notable for substantial legal changes in a number of social areas, including the liberalisation of censorship, divorce, homosexuality, immigration and abortion (see Social issues, below), as well as the abolition of capital punishment, due in part to the initiatives of backbench MPs who had the support of Roy Jenkins during his time as Home Secretary.

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