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Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

World
May 14 (UPI) -- Iran's ambassador to Britain accused the United States of dragging Iran "into an unnecessary war" Tuesday, though both U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both said they're not seeking violence. Tensions between the two countries have been ratcheting up in recent weeks after the United States imposed new sanctions on Iran and moved an aircraft carrier strike team, B-52 bombers and a Marine expeditionary unit to the Middle East. Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad said the U.S. deployments to the Persian Gulf were a "serious miscalculation." "While we have renounced any escalation in the region, I would assure you that Iranian armed forces are fully ready for any eventuality in th...
Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Science
May 10 (UPI) -- Earth's warming climate is encouraging the spread of a virus causing a deadly epidemic among common frogs, Rana temporaria. When a team of researchers in England compared the records of mass-mortality events linked to Ranavirus with climate patterns, they found rising temperatures were associated with an increased risk of a viral outbreak. If temperatures continue to rise, scientists expect Ranavirus outbreaks to become more severe and occur more frequently. In addition to analyzing weather and frog mortality data compiled by the Met Office and Froglife's Frog Mortality Project, scientists also studied cell cultures and live models in the lab. Their tests confirmed warmer temperatures increased the likelihood of Ranavirus triggering an outbreak of the fatal disease. The l...
Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Britain breaks coal-free power record over Easter weekend

Science
Britain has broken its record for the longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal.National Grid said that the coal-free period lasted more than 90 hours before coming to an end on Monday afternoon.It is the longest period since the industrial revolution and breaks the previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes.The government plans to phase out Britain's last coal power plants by 2025 to cut greenhouse gases.Duncan Burt, director of operations at National Grid, told BBC Radio 5 Live it was "a really big deal". Record Easter temperatures in three nations Britain lasts three days without coal "It's all about the sunny weather we've been seeing, so energy demand is low. There has been lots o...
U.S., Australia, Britain conduct training aviation exercise in Nevada

U.S., Australia, Britain conduct training aviation exercise in Nevada

Business
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Air Force units from Australia and Britain wrapped up more than three weeks of joint training exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Navy at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Nearly 3,000 personnel from 39 separate units and 95 aircraft participated in the exercises from Jan. 22 to Friday in the Las Vegas metro area. Red Flag was established in 1975 for exercises between U.S. forces and allied nations. The aircraft were broken into two teams: Nellis AFB-based pilots were specifically trained for the role as adversary, or aggressor, flying different types of aircraft. The Blue Team consists of the various guest "players" in their respective aircraft. "It's been fantastic having our RAF counterparts here to showcase and participate in RedFlag 19-1," Nellis AFB posted on Twitt...
Britain declares its F-35B fighters ready for combat

Britain declares its F-35B fighters ready for combat

Business
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Britain's defense minister declared its new fleet of nine F-35B Lightning fighter planes combat-ready. "The incredible F-35 jets are ready for operations, a transformed Typhoon [a fighter plane about to go out of service] has the power to dominate the skies into the 2040s, and we continue to look even further into an ambitious future," Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Thursday as he visited the Royal Air Force base in Marnham, England. He added that the short-take-off, vertical-landing versions of the Lockheed-Martin-built F-35 are ready for overseas deployment. Seventeen more will be built for the British military in the $ 700 million contract, and the government is committed to purchasing 138 more in the next 30 years. The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will ...