Armitage calls Japan a close U.S. ally

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has said Japan is an important ally of the United States on a par with Britain.

Bradlee denies leaking name of leaker

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Ben Bradlee, a former editor at The Washington Post, says he knows which government official leaked a CIA operative's name, but he's not telling who it is.

Taiwan plans to scrap unification body

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian met with security officials Monday to discuss scrapping a government body responsible for unification with mainland China.

Memo discussed Wilson-Plame in June 2003

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- White House staffers may have known Joseph Wilson was married to a CIA operative weeks before Wilson publicly criticized Iraq war policy.

Senate panel okays Zoellick for State

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday approved Robert Zoellick's nomination to be deputy secretary of state.

Kolbe may replace Zoellick as USTR

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., may be on the short list to succeed outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.

U.S.: Syria must do more

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The State Department said Friday that Syria has taken some positive steps to stop cross-border terrorist attacks in Iraq but needs to do more.

U.S. and China to discuss Taiwan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- China's minister for Taiwan affairs, Chen Yunlin, is scheduled to arrive in Washington Tuesday for talks with senior U.S. officials.

US seeks Syrian cooperation on Iraq border

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Sunday there has been progress in Syria's control of its border with Iraq but more needs to be done.

China won't tolerate Taiwan separatists

BEIJING, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Chinese Government will never tolerate separatist "independence" efforts in Taiwan, the official China Daily reported Thursday.

Bush calls Polish leader on Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. officials from President Bush down have been engaged in telephone diplomacy to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

Armitage, State Department No. 2, quits

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has resigned, a State Department official told UPI Tuesday.

Armitage may follow Powell's resignation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage may follow his boss, Colin Powell, and resign his post, the State Department said Monday.

S. Korea and U.S. talk Norkor policy

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A South Korean delegation travels to Washington this week to discuss U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula, the Korea Times reported Sunday.

Armitage pledges support for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Kabul Wednesday pledged increased support for Afghanistan's reconstruction.
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Richard Armitage
WAP2003020407 - WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Comm. on Feb. 4, 2003, in Washington as Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ill, left, and Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, D-Neb., listen. Armitage voiced his concerns that North Korea was reinstituting their nuclear program but underscored the difference between that country and Iraq. mk/Michael Kleinfeld UPI

Richard Crispin Armitage (born 22 August 1971) is an English actor famous for his roles as John Thornton in North and South, Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, and Lucas North in Spooks. He is currently cast as Thorin Oakenshield in the two-film adaptation of The Hobbit.

Born in Leicester, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Primary School in Huncote, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, performing cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning how to play flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A Levels in music and English.

At 17, he joined a circus in Budapest for six weeks to gain his Equity Card. After returning to England, he pursued a career in musical theatre, performing in various productions including Cats as Admetus and Macavity.

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