Britain: Bare Facts

Sad spies and a blast at No. 10

While Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher worked in the upstairs study of her official residence at No. 10 Downing Street, an aide sorting mail in a room below noted a suspiciously bulky envelope. As he warily began to open it, the envelope exploded into flames, burning the man's face and hands. Thatcher, however, was not harmed. According to a note enclosed in the 7½-in. by 5-in. envelope, the attack was the work of a previously unknown environmentalist group, the Animal Rights Militia.

Coming just four months after an intruder entered Queen Elizabeth's bedroom, the incident...

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