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UK PM 'partygate' scandel

The British prime minister is facing fresh ire over the breach of Covid rules. The leader of the opposition Labor party demands Boris Johnson quit over a Downing Street party during a 2020 national lockdown. Johnson, in response, has apologized after admitting that he also attended the party. The premier, however, deflected the opposition’s demand for his resignation. He added he would not preempt the findings of an independent inquiry into parties at his office during lockdowns. Some in Johnson’s conservative party have also said that he should quit if found to have broken laws the government brought in to prevent the spread of the virus. So far, several leaked videos and emails have revealed about the parties held at Downing Street garden. But Johnson says he cannot comment until a senior government official concludes an internal investigation.

NATO-Russia tensions

Tensions run high between Russia and the West over Ukraine, with the NATO chief now warning about the risk of a new armed conflict in Europe. Jens Stoltenberg is warning that the western military alliance could deploy troops to Eastern Europe if Moscow decides to use force against Ukraine. After an intense round of NATO-Russia talks in Brussels, Stoltenberg said the differences between the two sides remain hard to bridge. He reiterated that Moscow does not have a say in Ukraine’s possible future NATO membership. Separately, US Deputy Foreign Secretary, Wendy Sherman, threatened that any Russian aggression against Ukraine would jeopardize the Nord Stream-two gas pipeline. Meanwhile, Russia says the West needs to respond to Moscow's concerns about NATO activities near its borders.

Stolen treasure

Ninety years ago, the University of Chicago in the US borrowed tens of thousands of archaeological fragments discovered in Iran’s ancient city of Persepolis for research. However, after nearly a century, and despite many official requests and a court ruling, Washington is still refusing to return them, using a variety of pretexts. But Tehran is now resolved to get back what is its rightful possession. 

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