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“Unconstructive” stance

Iran’s foreign minister says his country will, in a serious manner, continue talks with the remaining signatories to the 2015 deal, known as the JCPOA. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, at the same time, criticizes the European parties for taking an unconstructive approach in the talks. Amir-Abdollahian also said, Iran rejects this approach that the other parties offer one concession to get several ones in return. Tehran and the remaining JCPOA members have held seven rounds of talks in Vienna this year to resolve outstanding issues over the 2015 deal. Those issues began after the US unilaterally pulled out of the accord in 2018 and reinstated sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran rolled back its commitments a year later. Iran says it will fully meet its obligations only after the US removes the sanctions. Vienna will host a new round of negotiations by the JCPOA members next week.

Covid surge in Europe

Covid-19 raging in Europe: three countries on the continent report record daily new cases. In the UK, authorities have logged nearly 120,000 new infections in the past 24 hours. That’s the highest daily case-count in any European country since the start of the pandemic. It also recorded 147 more fatalities. France, another badly-hit nation, saw close to 92-thousand infections over the past day. The French government says it will likely be imposing new restrictions soon to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Further south, Italy also saw its highest daily tally of infections, with about 45,000 cases. The country has reintroduced the mandatory wearing of face masks in outdoor spaces to contain mounting cases.

US police brutality

A former US police officer is found guilty of manslaughter for fatally killing a young African-American man in April. Kim Potter, 49, had been charged with first and second degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright, in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A judge read the guilty verdicts in court that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Potter, a former officer had pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was an accident as she mistook her gun for her Taser. The incident happened during the trial of former officer, Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering African-American man George Floyd. The killing sparked coast-to-coast protests and unrest across the US.

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