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Sanctions removal talks

The seventh round of talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal resumed in the Austrian capital Vienna on Monday. Iran’s lead negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani has called for full and verifiable removal of sanctions and guarantees that the US will not commit further violations, before Tehran returns to its full compliance. 

Barbados the newest Republic

Barbados is celebrating a watershed moment in its history by formally ending the rule of the British monarchy. With Sandra Mason inaugurated as its president, the Caribbean island is now the world’s newest republic. That means it has finally removed Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state, after almost four centuries. Hundreds of people gathered in the capital, Bridgetown, to celebrate. Barbados will remain a republic within the Commonwealth, a grouping of 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Experts believe Barbados’ move could encourage other commonwealth nations to consider breaking away from the British monarchy. 

Australian parliament scandal

Shocking revelations have been made in a report on employee misconduct at the Australian parliament. The high-profile inquiry has found that sexual harassment and bullying are rife at the country’s legislature. The seven-month study, backed by the government, indicates that one in three people currently working at the highest legislative body have been sexually harassed. The victims include both lawmakers and employees, with women making up the bulk. That includes 63 percent of female parliamentarians. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has termed the findings "appalling".


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