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Britain planning maritime mission to protect Strait of Hormuz

Britain planning maritime mission to protect Strait of Hormuz

World
July 22 (UPI) -- Britain plans to join a European-led maritime mission to protect ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz days after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Monday. He described the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' seizure of the Stena Impero on Friday as "an act of piracy." "If Iran continues on this dangerous path, they must accept the price will be a larger Western military presence in the waters along their coastline, not because we wish to increase tensions but simply because freedom of navigation is a principle which Britain and its allies will always defend," Hunt said during a speech before Parliament. He said Britain entered discussions with representatives from multiple countries to establish the force. In the me...
Britain to send 250 troops to U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali

Britain to send 250 troops to U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali

Business
July 22 (UPI) -- Britain will deploy 250 troops to Mali to aid a United Nations peacekeeping mission protecting an unstable peace, the British government announced on Monday. The three-year deployment, to begin early in 2020, is Britain's largest since its involvement in Bosnia in the 1990s, and will aid an international force, under the United Nations, of 12,500. The British troops will deliver long-range reconnaissance capability, the government statement said, and feed on-the-ground intelligence to the mission headquarters in Gao, Mali. It is regarded as a dangerous assignment, with security in Mali's desert Sahel region deteriorating and an assortment of factions, including Islamic State in West Africa and others aligned with al-Qaeda, contesting for power. "They will do the part of ...
Britain, France and Germany air fears over Iran nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany air fears over Iran nuclear deal

World
Britain France and Germany say they fear the Iran nuclear deal is at risk of collapsing after the US pulled out of the agreement and reimposed sanctions which has seen escalating tensions in the Gulf.Tehran and Washington have clashed after Donald Trump withdrew last year from the agreement made four years ago with six world powers and imposed sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the pact. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), Iran agreed to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and reduce the number of its gas centrifuges for 13 years.But Mr Trump said Tehran had flouted the agreement and was aiming to build a nuclear weapon.In a joint statement on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany urged both sides to resume...
Britain may release tanker if Iran ‘guarantees’ oil isn’t going to Syria

Britain may release tanker if Iran ‘guarantees’ oil isn’t going to Syria

World
July 13 (UPI) -- The British foreign secretary said the Iranian tanker detailed near Gibraltar could be released in exchange for a guarantee that the oil would not be taken to Syria. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted Saturday that he had a "constructive call" with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about the tanker, which was seized by Royal Marines July 4 on suspicion of breaching sanctions imposed by the European Union. Hunt said he reassured Zarif that Britain's concern is about the "destination" rather than the "origin of the oil" aboard the tanker Grace 1. He said the tanker could be released "if [Britain] received sufficient guarantees that it would not be going to Syria." Hunt said Zarif assured him "that Iran wants to resolve [the] issue and is not seeking to escalate." Gra...
Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

Science
For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels.The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019.National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas.The rest is biomass burning. The transformation reflects the precipitous decline of coal energy, and a boom from wind and solar. National Grid says that in the past decade, coal generation will have plunged from 30% to 3%.Meanwhile, wind power has shot up from 1% to 19%.Mini-milestones have been passed along the way. In May, for instance, Britain clocked up its first coal-free fortnight and generated record l...