US says it won’t let Iran develop another nuclear weapon
Iran will produce more low-enriched uranium than allowed by a 2015 nuclear deal in 10 days, the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation announced Monday. Low-enriched uranium is used to fuel power plants. The US has deployed 1,000 troops to the Middle East in retaliation and President Donald Trump said Iran will not be allowed to develop another nuclear weapon.
The US’s troop deployment comes after last week’s explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman for which the US has blamed Iran.
Trump had pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran. Ramping up uranium production is the latest in a series of moves by Iran to signal that it will withdraw from the deal if European nations do not help it offset US sanctions.
Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi dies of heart attack in court
Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi has died of a heart attack in a court in Cairo Monday. A medical examination has showed no injuries on his body. Morsi had a history of health problems and suffered from medical neglect while he was in jail.
Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically-elected president in 2012 after the Arab Spring saw the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
After mass protests calling for his resignation, Morsi was unseated by a military coup led by current president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2013. His political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been outlawed ever since.
Morsi, who was facing at least six trials, had been behind bars for nearly six years and was serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.
Boris Johnson had called Scottish people ‘vermin’
British MP Boris Johnson had once said that “government by a Scot is just not conceivable” and even authorised the publication of a poem in 2005 that described Scottish people as “vermin” that should be “exterminated”.
The UK’s former foreign minister is currently the frontrunner to become the country’s new Prime Minister. The value of the pound sterling has fallen to this year’s low as concern grew that Britain was heading for a no-deal Brexit after Johnson got a boost in his bid to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Trump cuts aid to three central American countries, Financial Times
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