Daily Archives: 06/17/2014

Rare British Guiana stamp sells for record $9.5M at NYC auction

Rare British Guiana stamp set for New York auction

An undated photo of The British Guiana The British Guiana stamp was owned by du Pont chemical empire heir John du Pont
June 17, 2014. –  BBC News/Demerara Waves

An exceedingly rare 19th Century postage stamp from a British colony in South America has sold for a record $9.5m (£5.6m) at auction in New York.

It took only two minutes for the British Guiana one-cent magenta stamp to be sold to an anonymous bidder, The stamp had been sold three times before, each time setting the auction record for a single stamp.  Continue reading

Iraq breakup looms – Iran, US scramble to respond – 3 articles

In this still image posted on a militant Twitter account on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, militants parade down a main road in Mosul, Iraq.

Iran, US scramble to respond as prospect of Iraq breakup looms

By Dan Murphy, Staff writer June 13, 2014

As the prospect of Iraq’s breakup looms, regional and world powers are scrambling to respond.

Baghdad has lost control of a large patch of both northern Nineveh Province and western Anbar Province to insurgents that include the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), as well as former Baathists and other Sunni Arab Iraqis who view the central government as their enemy.

President Barack Obama is considering air strikes to support the beleaguered government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and yesterday said all options are on the table. “I don’t rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter,” he said.
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