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U.S. Relations With United Kingdom

30/09/2013 – France – Europe France on Monday took delivery of the first Airbus A400M military transport plane to be built. The pan-European aircraft maker hopes the sale will lead to hundreds more across the world. 22/09/2013 – World news explained A New York-based think-tank has proposed a plan to ease tensions between China and Taiwan. 20/09/2013 – World news explained A year away from a referendum on Scottish independence, opinion polls show only a third of voters are in favour of splitting from the United Kingdom.The “no” camp says independence … 02/09/2013 – France – US – Syria The French government is due to present evidence to senior lawmakers that it claims proves Syrias Bashar al-Assads regime used sarin gas in a deadly attack, prompting calls for … 30/08/2013 – France – Syria – US France is still ready to take part in attacks on Syria, despite the British parliament’s vote against participation, President Francois Hollande told Le Monde newspaper on Friday. 26/08/2013 – France – Syria The West will soon decide on a response to last weeks alleged chemical attack in Syria, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, as western powers consider the possibility of military … 25/08/2013 – France – Syria France believes that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against Syrian civilians in the much-publicised attack this week, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. 22/08/2013 – France – India A rare Asiatic lion cub has been born in a French zoo, officials said Thursday. 20/08/2013 – World news explained

Eurovision 2014: United Kingdom confirms participation

The British broadcaster BBC is yet to determine the method and mechanism it will use to select its 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entry and representative. Further details regarding UK’s 2014 Eurovision plans will be released in due course. In 2013 Bonnie Tyler was selected to represent the United Kingdom via an internal selection with her entry Believe in me. The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the event a total of 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976,19881 and 1997). The UK also holds the record of being the country with the most 2nd places in the contest , achieving the runner up position a total of 15 times. We must not forget that the United Kingdom also holds the record of hosting the contest a total of 8 times: London 1960, 1963, 1968, 1977, Edinburgh 1972, Brighton 1974, Harrogate 1982 and Birmingham 1998. The UK has only missed one contest since their debut in 1957, notably the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. The Brits have been competing in Europe’s favourite television show religiously every year since 1959. Sweden, Denmark , Finland , Norway, France, Albania , Iceland, Ireland, San Marino, Georgia , Switzerland, The Netherlands, Estonia , Malta, Russia, Germany, Austria , FYR Macedonia , Montenegro, Belgium , Spain ,United Kingdom and Latvia have all confirmed their participation at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next year in Denmark . Whilst Italy, Belarus , Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia have said they will most likely be in the competition. Who will follow into Bonnie Tyler’s footsteps and represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest? Stay tuned to Esctoday.com for the latest information.

Government has contributed over $500 million, roughly half of total IFI funding. The other major donor to IFI is the European Union. Bilateral Economic Relations The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and a major international trading power. The United Kingdom is one of the largest markets for U.S. goods exports and one of the largest suppliers of U.S. imports. The United States and the United Kingdom share the world’s largest bilateral foreign direct investment partnerships. The United Kingdom is a large source of foreign tourists visiting the United States. It participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The United Kingdom’s Membership in International Organizations The United Kingdom and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, G-20, G-8, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. The United Kingdom also is an observer to the Organization of American States. Bilateral Representation The U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom is Matthew Barzun ; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List .