March 12, 2013 |
People in Iran believe that “ Argo ,” which chronicled the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the later rescue of six Americans who escaped and hid with the Canadian ambassador, is "a propaganda attack against our nation and entire humanity" and a "violation of international cultural norms. " The comments, following a screening of the best picture-winning drama on Monday in Tehran attended by Iranian cultural officials and film critics, sparked news reports that the nation is considering suing Hollywood over how the country was depicted in Ben Affleck's film.
February 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Six world powers floated a modestly improved proposal to Iran on Tuesday as talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program resumed after an eight-month hiatus, with little expectation of a breakthrough. Opening a two-day session in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the so-called P5-plus-1 group offered to slightly ease economic sanctions if Tehran halts production of near-weapons-grade uranium fuel. The powers - China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States - fear Iran is seeking the ability to make bombs, an intent it denies.
August 8, 2012 |
LONDON -- Marlen Esparza couldn't stop sobbing. And Claressa Shields wanted to weep. There may be no crying in baseball but there were plenty of boxers shedding tears at the ExCeL Centre in London's Docklands after the women's Olympic semifinals Wednesday. Esparza showed emotion after she lost and had to settle for a bronze medal - the first medal won by the U.S. in women's boxing - and Shields because victory means she will fight again for the gold Thursday. "I'm still kind of shocked," said Shields, a high school junior from Flint, Mich., who wasn't old enough to compete in Olympic boxing until her 17th birthday in March.
August 4, 2012 |
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. --Jewish proverb The drive from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan was abruptly curtailed when I arrived at the wrong border crossing. The crossing was closed for repairs and there was supposedly another one about 60 miles away. The only sticking point: I had no idea how to get there. Fortunately for me, an Uzbekistan stranger did. However, he wanted to be paid for his services. 200,000 som to be precise. I didn't have 200,000 som (about $100)
July 29, 2012 |
— Over John Armah's shoulder, about a quarter-mile away, was Buckingham Palace. Just around the corner was the prime minister's residence. The stage was perfectly set for the apparently inevitable moment Saturday when reigning world champion cyclist Mark Cavendish would win Britain's first gold medal of the 2012 Olympics. Maybe the screen star previously known as Elizabeth II, who did a James Bond video skit for the opening ceremony, would nip over for another rendition of "God Save the Queen" at the medal presentation.
July 25, 2012 |
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. --David Russell The Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile journey from Britain to Mongolia, is a road trip, for heaven's sake. So far, I've gotten acquainted with the the Ukrainian police (50 euro, about $62, fine for speeding) and the Ukrainian police again (I evaded them). I didn't meet the Russian police, although I had laid in a store of vodka in case I did. Now my co-driver, Steve, and I were getting ready to cross into Kazakhstan , where the police apparently were very eager to get acquainted.