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Planet Appetite: Baku FIA GT World Challenge in Azerbaijan

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

At around six hours flying time from London, Baku is not quite a weekend destination but, add a couple of days, and it becomes very attractive indeed. There's a spanking new airport, looking like a giant crystal goldfish bowl, and on the way into town the buildings lining the wide boulevards are all lit up.

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

We Must Stay Strong to Secure Permanent Change From Iran

Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mohammed Mahfoodh Al Ardhi

Building on the interim deal announced over the weekend is now a question of political will, conviction and mutual trust. In an era where it is often said that the idea of the "conviction politician" is dead, this is an historic opportunity to revive this attitude...

Iran: Historic Achievement or Historic Mistake?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

The months ahead will be very difficult that require wisdom, experience and perseverance - more so if the deal has less to do with achievements or mistakes and more with temporary respites that the parties might - or might not - pull off.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Curb Benefit Tourism. Even If It Doesn't Really Exist.

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 27 November 2013... 1) CURB BENEFIT TOURISM. EVEN IF IT DOESN'T REALLY EXIST Every serious study I...

Ned Simons

'In Foreign Policy, Success Is Rare'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics

"Those who mocked Lady Ashton’s appointment," Labour MP David Winnick told the House of Commons on Monday. "May wish to apologise accordingly." B...

Appeasing the Ayatollahs of Iran With a Dodgy Nuclear Deal Will Not Work

Nehad Ismail | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

At this critical stage, the World needs clear answers to the following: Does the world trust Iran to honour its obligations? Have the Iranian negotiators accepted "unannounced rigorous inspections of every site and every facility without exceptions? And without any "ifs" and "buts"?

'Legitimate Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal, Hague Admts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

Concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran are "legitimate", Foreign Secretary William Hague has acknowledged, but said the deal should "give us faith i...

'Good News For The Whole World'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

William Hague has hailed an historic nuclear agreement between Western powers and Iran as "good news for the whole world". An interim deal to restr...

Iran Nuclear Talks Still 'Very Difficult'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

William Hague has arrived for talks in Geneva amid hopes an historic deal may finally be signed on Iran's nuclear programme. He said that remaining...

Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Luke McManus | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

Looking Back in Anger: The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

Gary Kent | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week I visited the Domiz refugee camp for the third time in six months and saw many children at school and play. Once again, I was struck by their cheeriness and resilience. I wanted to find some of the children I met in June but the camp has mushroomed since then from 50,000 to 75,000 so it would have been difficult.

David Cameron Calls Hassan Rouhani Over Iranian Nuclear Question

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron put in a call to Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday afternoon, marking the first time a British Prime Minister and an Iranian President have spok...

Beirut Bomb Blast Rips Through Iran Embassy (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

A deadly blast that tore through a Beirut street housing the Iranian embassy has killed more than 20 people, with the cultural attaché to Lebanon rep...

Intervention in Syria Is Still an Urgent Necessity

James Snell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Iran's government has tricked us all. With the ascension of Hassan Rouhani - a high ranking cleric - to the Presidency, the nation's theocratic leaders endeavoured to demonstrate that they had moved away from the geopolitical machinations of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's court...

From Egypt and Iran to Palestine and Syria!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Forget what self-appointed experts might tell you or what political bureaucrats might suggest either! Just cast a quick look for yourself at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) map today. The inescapable conclusion - the revealing truth if you will - is that things are not going well at all. In fact, things are quite messy - and perilously so too.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Dave Get Blood On His Hands?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 15 November 2013... 1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS? The Times reports: "David Cameron is sche...

Israeli PM Demands End To Settlement Construction Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel’s prime minister has sensationally ordered that his housing minister halt construction plans to build 25,000 homes in the disputed West Bank ...

Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The real-politik of the region is that Israel has never posed a threat to Islam or Arab nationalism. It's the possible spread of democracy from Israel that Arab leaders have long feared. Shiite Iran, on the other hand, sees itself as leader of the mainly Sunni Islamic world and wants to take that honour away from the Saudis. Israel now seems a much lesser of two evils to the Saudi Royal Family...one that could help them curb Iran's ambitions.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Danny Vs His Dad

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 11 November 2013... 1) DANNY VS HIS DAD The chairman of the Lochaber housing association in Scotland ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: So Close, Yet So Far

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 10 November 2013... 1) SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR The west and Iran were so close to reaching an agreement ...

Deal Or No Deal?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

World leaders may have hit a stumbling block in Geneva, after talks on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme appear to have reached an impasse, des...

In Geneva, Tension As Iran Deal On Knife Edge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

World leaders have not yet made any deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, with "important gaps" still to be closed at the tense neg...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Theresa's Terror Error

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five thing you need to know on Friday 8 November 2013... 1) THERESA'S TERROR ERROR Theresa May's star continues to fade. The political victo...

Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests. The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet...