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Britain's rush to warm up relations with Iran

From being one of the more cautious members of the P5+1 signers of the Iran deal, Britain has suddenly sprung into action in rapidly warming up its ties with Iran, up to and including a visit of the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond for the reopening of the British Embassy. 1,693 more words

Mideast News

Daily life in Tehran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 8.4 million in the city and 14 million in the wider metropolitan area, Tehran is Iran’s largest city and urban area, the largest city in Western Asia and one of the largest three cities in the Middle East (along with Istanbul and Cairo). 1,337 more words


UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Reopens British Embassy @UKinIran in Tehran

Posted: 1:46 pm EDT
Updated: 2:31 pm EDT
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Today, our British Embassy @UKinIran reopens after welcomed improvement in #UK #Iran relationship over last 5 years.

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Foreign Affairs

Iran's FM Says "Too Soon" For Reopening the U.S. Embassy in Tehran -- "There needs to be a change in attitude and behavior on the part of the U.S."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference after a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, August 17, 2015. 356 more words

Grand Re-Opening of Britain's Embassy in Iran -- "Death to England" still graffitied above Queen's portrait

British Return to Iran: Embassy has grand reopening four years after being wrecked by Iranian mob – but refurbishment still leaves anti-British graffiti intact… 662 more words

A New Era in UK-Iran Relations

The British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is in Tehran today, reopening the Embassy that has been closed for four years following its invasion by demonstrators. Given the recent progress in international negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions this was an inevitable and welcome step. 271 more words

China has been intensively developing homegrown VTOL fighter jet, but admits it lags behind America

The following is based on translations from reports on Chinese websites:

Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com describes in its report the difficulties in developing a VTOL… 598 more words


dralfoldman reblogged this on Dr Alf's Blog and commented:

This is a popular story from China Daily Mail. It's well worth a read. Check it out! As I dwelled on the implications, my mind switched to Europe and absence of an effective defense strategy. In particular, I am still angered by thought of UK defense cuts in the name of austerity. Surely defense spending should be ring-fenced rather than foreign-aid which often ends up in the hands of corrupt officials? Thoughts?