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The UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) demonstrates the importance of art as a form of cultural diplomacy and diplomatic history.

Britain will commit an extra £45m in new aid to provide family planning and conception around the world, the Government has announced. Ministers say the new cash will help the 214 million women worldwide who lack modern contraception but do not want to get pregnant – and could save the life of a woman every 90 minutes.

Limbo: A virtual experience of waiting for asylum - Guardian VR - 360 video

A new method of digital storytelling uses virtual reality to bring attention to the struggles of asylum seekers waiting for an answer.

The plight of persecuted Christians around the world has been discussed at Parliament. [...] Christian ministers working in the Foreign and Commonwealth office as well as the Department for International Aid said they would work together to take a more serious approach to religious persecution.

Headlines explore innovative public diplomacy campaigns featuring food, beer and music.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the Bangladeshi expatriates living in the UK not to do anything that could damage the country's image. "Once Bangladesh was known as land of beggars and natural disasters...we have overcome the situation introducing us as a role model in development," she told the UK-based Bangladeshi community leaders at Stroke Park here as they arrived to meet with her on her arrival in London on her way to Sweden. Sheikh Hasina added: "So you should not do anything detrimental to nation's image."

June 14, 2017

Beer is the world’s favourite alcoholic drink, a lingua franca that connects people across the globe who may have nothing else in common but their love of the fermented cereal gift from nature called beer. [...] Successive British Prime Ministers have taken visiting Presidents to their local boozer for the all-important photo op of them both at the bar holding a pint. President Obama and David Cameron swapped bottles of beer from their constituencies. Bill Clinton knew the power of the pint when he visited Ireland during the peace process and drank the obligatory glass of Guinness.

With a partnership between the U.S. and U.K. that dates back to the 1980s, Red Dagger 17, now in its fourth consecutive year, intends to further share and strengthen knowledge and skills in military engineering between the Marine Corps and its allies. “We have been treated as equals and with great respect,” said Capt. Marcelo A. Garcia, the company commander of 6th ESB, 4th MLG, MARFORRES. “The 131 Commando Squadron often asks for feedback and have insisted that this exercise is meant to be a sharing of best practices, both in tactics and planning.”

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