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February 20, 2014
15:14 // 8 months ago
January 12, 2014

Iran nuclear deal comes with some fresh access to overseas funding

  • $550M the amount the Iranian government will receive February 1 as part of its plan to plan to eliminate the country’s stockpiles of uranium, expected to begin January 20 as part of a six-nation deal. The country will receive $4.2 billion in total over a roughly six-month period—overseas funds that were previously blocked due to financial sanctions on the country. source
17:24 // 9 months ago
December 15, 2013
11:04 // 10 months ago
December 14, 2013

Two countries doing interesting things in spaceflight that aren’t the United States

  • China In the first landing of its kind in more than three decades, China just dropped a fresh probe onto the Moon, according to recent reports. The Soviet Union last did a soft landing on the moon way back in 1976.
  • Iran Not to be outdone, Iran sent another monkey into space today. It’s their second, and part of an ambitious plan to launch human spaceflight from the country.
10:39 // 10 months ago
December 12, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 12, 2013

In a stunning reveal, the Associated Press reported that long-detained American Robert Levinson, who has been held in Iran for the past seven years, is actually a CIA agent on a unapproved mission. Here’s why the AP finally published the story.

In Bangladesh, Abdul Qader Mulla, a leader involved in the 1971 war for independence, was executed for crimes against humanity. He was initially sentenced to life in prison, but then a popular protest broke out.

Democrats in the Senate are currently punishing Republicans for that whole not-approving-judicial-nominees thing by holding votes during all hours of the day.

The “affluenza” defense apparently worked well enough for a Texas teen that he skipped jail time for a fatal DUI crash. But is “affluenza” actually a thing?

Don’t feel bad, producers of “The Butler.” The Golden Globes gets it wrong—often.

21:57 // 10 months ago
November 25, 2013
I’m Wolf Blitzer, reporting from Washington. The assassination of President Kennedy begins right now.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer awkwardly and mistakenly makes a bad transition from breaking news on the Iran nuclear deal to what was a documentary on the JFK assassination Saturday night. 
9:31 // 10 months ago
November 24, 2013
With this first step, we have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue a comprehensive agreement… to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry stated in a speech from Geneva right after he and members from five other nations had come to a deal over Iran’s nuclear development Saturday night. 
11:37 // 11 months ago
Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure. A future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.
United States President Barack Obama said late Saturday night in a statement that took place just as the news came in about nations in Geneva working with Iran to finally reach a deal over its nuclear weapons program. 
11:06 // 11 months ago

From the United States statedept:

P5+1 foreign ministers, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif conclude negotiations about Iran’s nuclear capabilities at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 24, 2013. 

View more photos from the talks in Geneva, and read about the first step understandings regarding Iran’s nuclear program. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

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