Yemen UAE attack
The Yemeni army says it has launched an attack on the United Arab Emirates. The announcement by the army’s spokesman comes as the UAE said three fuel tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates said initial investigation into the incident shows the fires were possibly caused by drones. The Yemeni military conducts regular retaliatory attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia over its aggression on Yemen. But attacks against the UAE, which is fighting alongside Saudi Arabia, have been rare. This comes days after UAE-backed forces joined the key battle in Yemen's Ma’rib. There, the Yemeni military and the allied popular committees are fighting Daesh terrorists and the Saudi-led forces.
'US fabricated deadlines'
The United States has warned that time is running out for Iran to revive the 2015 agreement. Now, Iran’s foreign ministry says the deadlines announced by Washington are all fabricated.
Speaking of the US adopting a plan-B in case the talks fail, Khatibzadeh urged Washington to focus on plan A and speed up their efforts to salvage the JCPOA. The spokesman said what has been remained is crucial matters and special political decisions that the United States have to make. He said should this happen, the sides are moving a step towards a sustainable agreement. The comments come as the 8th round of negotiations, aimed at reviving the accord, is underway in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The head of the Iranian delegation, Ali Bagheri Kani, and other parties to the deal are now back to the negotiating table, after consultations with their capitals, to discuss the related issues.
UK 'partygate' scandal
The so-called Partygate scandal deepens in the UK as reports emerge of yet another Downing Street gathering while coronavirus restrictions were in place. UK daily, The Mirror, says a farewell party was held for a government defense adviser in the run-up to Christmas 2020. Prime Minister BorisJohnson attended and gave a speech at the event. This is the latest in a string of revelations about government staff attending parties during Covid lockdowns. Johnson has already apologized for attending one such gathering that took place in the garden of his residence in May 2020. He has reportedly been questioned as part of an internal inquiry. The revelations have caused a huge backlash with the opposition and even some of lawmakers in Johnson’s own party calling for his resignation. However, UK media say Johnson seeks to save his job by blaming and dismissing his aides.