Articles written by: Tim Evans

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

US President Donald Trump has raised the pressure on Iran on the day Tehran said it was suspending some commitments to a landmark nuclear agreement. Mr Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Iran‘s metals industry – its second biggest export earner after oil. But he also said he […]

All you need to know about the deal

All you need to know about the deal

In 2015, Iran agreed a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with a group of world powers known as the P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. It came after years of tension over Iran‘s alleged efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran insisted that its nuclear […]

How renewed US sanctions have hit Iran

How renewed US sanctions have hit Iran

Six months of exemptions from US sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran ended on Thursday. President Donald Trump reinstated the sanctions last year after abandoning a landmark nuclear accord, which he wants to renegotiate. Iran‘s leaders have remained defiant in the face of the sanctions and vowed to […]

The crisis explained in 300 words

The crisis explained in 300 words

A landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers appears close to collapse. Here‘s an overview of the tensions and mistrust. What is the essence of the deal? Suspicions that Iran was using its nuclear energy programme as cover to develop a nuclear bomb prompted the UN, US and EU […]

Syria war: UN alarm at escalation of hostilities in Idlib

Syria war: UN alarm at escalation of hostilities in Idlib

The UN has called for an urgent de-escalation in north-western Syria, after fighting between government and opposition forces reportedly left dozens of civilians dead or injured. Secretary General António Guterres urged all parties to recommit to a truce covering opposition-held parts of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces. Rescuers said at […]

Iyad el-Baghdadi, activist in Norway, ‘warned by CIA of Saudi threat‘

Iyad el-Baghdadi, activist in Norway, ‘warned by CIA of Saudi threat‘

An Arab pro-democracy activist says he was whisked away to safety by officials in Norway, where he lives, after being told of a threat from Saudi Arabia. Iyad el-Baghdadi told the he believed the threat was related to his work on Saudi human rights projects. According to the Guardian newspaper, […]

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran urged to honour commitments

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran urged to honour commitments

Western countries participating in the Iran nuclear deal have warned Tehran there will be serious consequences if it takes steps that violate its terms. The UK, France and Germany said they would still back the deal as long as Iran upheld its commitments. It follows Iran‘s move to suspend some […]

Cambridge science history museum reopens after renovation

Cambridge science history museum reopens after renovation

A museum charting the history of science through a collection of antique items of apparatus has reopened in Cambridge after a 10-month refit. The Whipple Museum of the History of Science holds more than 10,000 scientific instruments and rare books. It includes a microscope used by Charles Darwin and a […]

Proposal to spend 25% of EU budget on climate change

Proposal to spend 25% of EU budget on climate change

Eight European countries have called for an ambitious strategy to tackle climate change – and to spend a quarter of the entire EU budget on fighting it. The joint statement says the EU should have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 “at the latest”. It was signed by France, Belgium, […]

Festivals claim the description ‘festival tent‘ implies they‘re single-use

Festivals claim the description ‘festival tent‘ implies they‘re single-use

It‘s the moment many of us dread at the end of every festival – taking down your tent and packing it up. This is perhaps one reason why more than 250,000 tents get left behind in UK fields from Glastonbury to Reading and Leeds. Now, more than 60 independent festivals […]