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How US special-operations forces helped the US military win its first post-Cold War victory

An Iraqi T-55 main battle tank burns after an attack by the 1st British Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm, February 1991. CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images As the threat from the Soviet Union declined in the early 1990s, a new challenge for the US arose in the Middle East. The first Gulf War was a textbook conventional war, but it featured an array special-operations missions that helped secure victory. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Soon after the fall o...
Tags: Navy, Saudi Arabia, White House, Berlin Wall, Iraq, Russia, US, Trends, Coalition, Middle East, Delta, Army, Rangers, SBS, British Embassy, Saddam Hussein


John le Carre, Author of Spy Novels, Dies at Age 89

"This terrible year has claimed a literary giant and a humanitarian spirit," tweeted novelist Stephen King, adding later that "The Little Drummer Girl was one of the best novels I've ever read." Margaret Atwood tweeted "His Smiley novels are key to understanding the mid-20th century." And the Associated Press tells the story of how spy-novel writer John le Carré was "drawn to espionage by an upbringing that was superficially conventional but secretly tumultuous." Born David John Moore Cornwel...
Tags: Germany, Berlin Wall, Stephen King, Tech, Ap, David, Austria, Oxford, James Bond, Ian Fleming, Associated Press, John Le Carre, Margaret Atwood, Oxford University, British Embassy, Carr


Master spy writer John le Carre dies at 89, agent says

LONDON — John le Carre, the spy-turned-novelist whose elegant and intricate narratives defined the Cold War espionage thriller and brought acclaim to a genre critics had once ignored, has died. He was 89. Le Carre’s literary agency, Curtis Brown, said Sunday that he died in Cornwall, southwest England on Saturday after a short illness. The death was not related to COVID-19. In such classics as “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “The Honourable Schoolboy,” Le ...
Tags: Books, England, London, News, Germany, Berlin Wall, Iraq, Berlin, Africa, Sport, Ap, Bbc, David, Austria, Britain, Soccer


A Republican congressman is accusing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of interfering in the US presidential election

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo A Republican lawmaker is calling on the British government to ensure that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "no longer attempt to interfere" in the US election. The couple's "actions represent a breach of the British Royal Family's policy of political neutrality," Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri wrote in a letter to the British ambassador to the United States. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exited the ro...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, News, Abc, US, International, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Missouri, Washington Dc, United Kingdom, Prince Harry, Harry


British Embassy in Paris provides Covid-19 mask wearing update

THE British Embassy in Paris has put together an explanation of the rules introduced in France today covering the wearing of face masks in closed public areas. "From today (July 20), it is compulsory to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, with a possible 135 Euro fine payable for failure...
Tags: Travel, Health, France, Paris, British Embassy


UK closes embassy, pulls diplomats from North Korea over coronavirus restrictions

Britain temporarily closed its embassy in North Korea and all diplomatic staff have left the country, the U.K. ambassador said on Thursday, the latest foreign delegation to leave amid strict coronavirus restrictions. "The British Embassy in Pyongyang closed temporarily on 27 May 2020 and all diplomatic staff have left the DPRK for the time being," ambassador Colin Crooks said in a post on Twitter, using the initials of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of K...
Tags: UK, News, North Korea, Britain, British Embassy, Pyongyang, Dprk, Republic of Korea, U K Foreign Office, Colin Crooks


Coronavirus: Scottish diplomat Steven Dick dies in Hungary

Steven Dick, 37, who worked at the British Embassy in Budapest, died on Tuesday.
Tags: News, Budapest, Hungary, British Embassy, Steven Dick


Turning SXSW disappointment into an online opportunity

Musicians due to play on the British Embassy stage at SXSW in Texas have been offered a platform of a different kind.
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Adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Dies of Coronavirus

(TEHRAN, Iran) — A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness that is affecting members of the Islamic Republic’s leadership. Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi died at a Tehran hospital of the virus, state radio said. He was 71. The council advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as settles disputes between the supr...
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Coronavirus: Italy death toll rises to 34 as Dominican Republic reports first case – latest updates

US, Australia and Thailand also report first deaths from coronavirus while bans are put in place around the world on large gatherings. Follow live newsUK fears of undetected cases grow as 12 more test positiveEpidemics expert Jonathan Quick: ‘Worst-case scenario is likely’What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?Yes, it is worse than the flu: busting the coronavirus myths 6.32pm GMT Non-essential British embassy staff in Tehran are being withdrawn with immediate effect due...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, France, China, World news, US news, Iran, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Tehran, Donald Trump, British Embassy, Dominican Republic, Fco


UK’s 2021 work visa for European DJs, musicians poses challenge to cultural exchange

Europe’s cultural integration has made it an oasis for electronic music and music exchange. That makes new hard-line British policy a potential setback. The bright spot: by announcing the policy now, and introducing legislation, there is an opportunity for examination and (hopefully) change, before the policy becomes law. Updated: already, here’s one action for change. The Musicians’ Union is fighting for a passport for artists. You can add your name to the petition and, if you choose, don...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Music, Usa, UK, London, Opinion, China, US, Eu, Spain, European Union, Culture, Canada, Home Office, Heathrow


Welcome to Hell: the marvelous, mad musical instruments of Ewa Justka

Some people claim electronic music is the work of the devil. Inventor Ewa Justka creates things that could actually prove it. Ewa is a Glasgow, Scotland UK-based, Polish-born sound artist, musician, and inventor. She can bang her way through a raw techno set, she can blind you wish flashing lights driven by homemade circuits, or she can open a gateway to evil realms in unbridled noise – all of this at festivals like CTM, Unsound, Insomnia, and Sonic Acts. But she also builds fantastic instrum...
Tags: Facebook, Space, Music, UK, London, Electronics, Etsy, Russia, Tech, Punk, Noise, Moscow, Glasgow, Lithuania, British Embassy, Kits


IBBC Meetings and Dinner in Baghdad

IBBC meetings and dinner for members and guests at the Babylon Hotel, Baghdad on 5th and 6th February On Wednesday, 5 February, Christophe Michels, Managing Director, Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) and Rasmi Al Jabri, Deputy Chairman, IBBC met with Dr Salar Ameen Acting Chairman of National Investment Commission (NIC). They discussed the longstanding cooperation between the NIC and IBBC and how to deepen it and made plans for a joint Baghdad conference to be held as soon as a new Gover...
Tags: UK, News, Iraq, NIC, Serco, Iraq Business News, British Embassy, Baghdad, IBBC, Babylon Hotel, Christophe Michels, Britain Business Council IBBC, Rasmi Al Jabri, John Tucknott, Fouad Hussein, IBBC Meetings


Coronavirus live updates: all arrivals to Hong Kong from mainland China face 'compulsory quarantine' – latest news

Thousands on board Diamond Princess cruise ship in offshore quarantine in Japan after 10 people test positive, as China death toll passes 490Thousands trapped on cruise ship in Japan after 10 test positiveBritain advises nationals to leave China How to protect yourself from coronavirusCould the US travel ban backfire?Share your experiences 10.26am GMT There’s been some praise for the British Embassy in Beijing which is supporting the evacuation process. Paul Maloney, who works for the Britis...
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, Japan, China, US, Economics, UK News, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, British Embassy, Chinese Economy, Afp, Theo, Paul Maloney


Coronavirus latest updates: Australia bans foreign arrivals from China as deaths hit 259 – live news

Death toll rises, with 11,000 confirmed cases of infection in China, as some airlines stop flights in to Beijing and Shanghai. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China‘The city is suffocating’: diary of the Wuhan lockdownTwo people in Britain test positive for coronavirusHelp or hindrance? How Chinese politics affected responseShare your stories 6.25am GMT Britain is withdrawing some staff from its embassy and consulates in China due to the...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, China, World news, US news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Shanghai, British Embassy, Wuhan, Morrison, Coronavirus outbreak, China Essential


Videos Reportedly Show Iranian Forces Firing Bullets and Tear Gas at Crowds Protesting Downed Airliner

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) — Iranian police and security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic’s initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, online videos purported to show Monday. There was no immediate report in Iranian state-run media on the incident near Azadi, or Freedom, Square in Tehran on Sunday night after a call went up for protests there. However, international rights groups already have call...
Tags: Usa, England, New York, News, Iraq, Uncategorized, Iran, Ap, Britain, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Amnesty International, Associated Press, Tehran, Donald Trump, British Embassy, Baghdad


EasyJet tells Scottish passenger to visit 'her embassy' in London after her ID is stolen

There is no British Embassy in London for British citizens [Author: Helen Coffey]
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British aid worker latest victim of Ethiopian Airlines crash as British death toll rises to 'at least nine'

Ethiopian Airlines said 157 passengers and crew members were killed when one of its jets crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. At least nine Britons and one Irish citizen were among the dead, as were scientists, doctors, aid workers and three members of a Slovakian MP's family. The Foreign Office said: "We can now sadly confirm at least nine British nationals were on board flight ET302. "Our staff at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are continuing to work with ...
Tags: Europe, London, News, Washington, Germany, India, Nigeria, Africa, Bbc, Rome, Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Egypt, South Africa, Nepal


Back to business for Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they touch down in Morocco

With a star turn in New York and a celebrity-packed baby shower for the Duchess, and a series of visits to military and underprivileged children for the Duke, it has been quite the week in the Sussex household. As they landed in Morocco last night, it was back to business as a team for a whirlwind tour, which will see them boost the profile of gender equality, try out their French and meet their royal family counterparts. The Duchess, who will have “medical provision” at more than seven months p...
Tags: New York, News, Morocco, Norway, British Embassy, Duke, Duchess, Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, Arctic Circle, Sussex, Elizabeth Ii, Asni, MEGHAN MARKLE, King Hassan, Duke of Sussex


IBBC completes Largest Ever Trade Mission to Baghdad

IBBC completes Trade Mission to Baghdad with largest ever delegation of UK, International & Iraqi Businesses 9-12 Feb 2019 The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) visited numerous Iraqi government ministers and officials during a highly successful trade mission to Baghdad on 9-12 February 2019. The delegation was the largest ever led to the Republic of Iraq by the IBBC and included meetings with the Prime Minister, H.E. Dr Adil Abdul-Mahdi and*Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister H.E. D...
Tags: UK, London, News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, British Embassy, Baghdad, IBBC, Fuad Hussein, Adil Abdul Mahdi, CMG, Mansion House, Republic of Iraq, Trade Mission, Iraq Britain Business Council IBBC, Department of International Trade


Pakistan arrests British man who fled 19-year sentence

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities and the British Embassy say police have arrested a British man who fled to Pakistan in 2016 during his trial in Britain. He was later sentenced to 19 years for raping a child. Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency officials say the arrest was a joint operation by Pakistani officers and Britain’s […]
Tags: News, Britain, Nation, Pakistan, British Embassy, Islamabad, Federal Investigation Agency, Nation & World


Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future uncertain in event of 'no deal' Brexit

Alejandro Moreno sifts through all the big transfer news surrounding the likes of Isco, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and more. Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future would be plunged into doubt in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union in a "no deal" Brexit, ESPN FC has been told. Wales international Bale, 29, is one of an estimated 800,000 British citizens living elsewhere in the EU who could potentially lose their right to work where they are living if a "no deal" Brexi...
Tags: Wales, Football, America, Eu, Sport, European Union, Story, United Kingdom, Italy, Real Madrid, Argentina, Gareth Bale, Espn, Madrid, British Embassy, Buenos Aires


Chinese Peppa Pig fans wish to meet Queen

An episode of Peppa Pig inspired the two girls to ask the British Embassy to help them meet the Queen.
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Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

By ANGELA CHARLTON | Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries were haggling hard over a final summit statement Friday, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions. Facing the prospect of a no-statement summit, European delegations were trying to create a common front and may come out with their own separate declaration if they ...
Tags: Japan, Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Indonesia, Mexico, France, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, India, Narendra Modi, Spain


Greece wildfires: Death toll hits 80 as anti-terror unit launches investigation

The death toll from a fire which ripped through a Greek coastal town stood at 80 on Wednesday as frantic relatives tried to track down people missing from the inferno and coroners began the grim task of identifying bodies. Hundreds of people were trapped in the eastern resort of Mati on Monday night as flames whipped around them. Many jumped into the sea to survive but others died from suffocation, either in their cars or trapped on the edge of steep cliffs. The Greek anti-terrorist service was ...
Tags: Europe, UK, News, Sweden, Greece, Eu, European Union, Nato, Pope Francis, Athens, European Commission, Finland, Red Cross, Brian, Latvia, Norway


The V&A's Next Big Fashion Exhibit Was Already A Hit In Paris

The next major fashion exhibition to open in London was announced this weekend with a cryptic message delivered via topiary hedges outside the British Embassy in Paris. In town for the haute couture shows this week, fashion editors would recognize the silhouette almost immediately — even in bush form: Christian Dior’s iconic Bar jacket, an essential component of his revolutionary 1947 collection The New Look.The bushes told them that the rumor was true. The blockbuster Christian Dior: Designer ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, London, Britain, House, Paris, Victoria, Dior, British Embassy, Alexander Mcqueen, Christian Dior, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Sylvie


Prince William spends 'moving' moments with Holocaust survivors' family on historic visit to Israel

The descendants of a Jewish family who survived the Holocaust after being sheltered by the Duke of Cambridge’s great-grandmother thanked him personally for her heroism, telling them: “We all owe our existence to the courage of Princess Alice”. The Cohen family, who on Tuesday spent time privately with the Duke at the residence of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told him of their “difficult but beautiful” family history, in an “extremely moving” encounter during his tour to Israel...
Tags: News, Israel, Jerusalem, Syria, Britain, Middle East, David Beckham, Athens, Cambridge, Duchess Of Cambridge, Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh, Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Kate, William


Travelling to Russia this summer? Make sure you’re on the ball.

World First Travel Insurance Blog - For The Most Comprehensive Travel Insurance Around If you’re travelling to Russia for the football this summer, there’s some essential advice issued by the government that you should be aware of to make sure you enjoy the fiesta of football without getting caught offside.  It’s been a great tournament so far: entertaining on the pitch and trouble-free off it. To help make sure it stays that way, the government has issued a bunch of essential advice and usefu...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Russia, Football, Sports, Holiday, World Cup, British Embassy, Travel Insurance, Travel Blog, Foreign Office, World First Travel Insurance, Fco, Foreign Commonwealth Office, Nizhny Novgorod


Roman Abramovich becomes an Israeli citizen a month after his UK visa was delayed

Roman Abramovish has become an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa in a move that could allow him to return without one. The Chelsea FC owner, who is Jewish, exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which states that Jews from anywhere in the world can become citizens of Israel. The oligarch, worth an estimated £8.6 billion, instantly became Israel’s wealthiest person after receiving his citizenship yesterday.  The 51-year-old had been travelling in and out of...
Tags: UK, London, News, Russia, Israel, Tel Aviv, Britain, Chelsea, Manchester United, Moscow, Wembley, Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC, British Embassy, Rudd, Salisbury


Coffee and Provocation

The Art of the Deal Signed 215 years ago, the Louisiana Purchase sold the U.S. government 828,000 square miles of land for $15 million. Adjusted for inflation, that's the equivalent of an area of land the size of all of continental Europe for about 60 cents an acre. It Was Deemed a Complete Success The South Wales Police force deployed a facial recognition technology at the June 2017 Champions League soccer final in Cardiff, and 92% of the people identified by the system as matches for suspici...
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