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'Sanctions new form of domination'

The Iranian president slams sanctions as a new form of domination, calling for a collective response from independent nations to counter such measures. Ebrahim Raeisi denounced sanctions as part of a broader agenda to undermine sovereign states. The Iranian president noted that independent nations are experiencing a historic growth in power while the US is suffering its weakest position. In a reference to the 2015 deal, known as the JCPOA, Raeisi said Tehran is serious about reaching an agreement, only if the other signatories are serious about removing sanctions in an effective and practical manner.

Boris Johnson troubles

Scandal continues to haunt the UK’s embattled prime minister. A senior lawmaker from Boris Johnson’s conservative party now accuses him of blackmail. William Wragg, who chairs a committee on constitutional issues, advised his colleagues to report the matter to police. The prime minister’s office says there is no evidence to support Wragg’s claim. Johnson is under pressure from within and outside his party for a number of scandals, including breach of COVID-19 rules by hosting a party in Downing Street in late 2020. Some conservative lawmakers have already declared their support for challenging Johnson’s leadership. The process would require 54 letters in support of a no-confidence vote. The prime minister is defying calls to resign. 

Church child abuses

A report accuses former Pope Benedict the 16th of failing to take action on four cases of sexual abuse in his archdiocese when he was Archbishop of Munich. The report commissioned by the archdiocese counts nearly 500 victims of abuse, mainly young males. The lawyers, however, say many other cases probably passed unreported. Pope Benedict has previously denied wrongdoing over the cases, adding fuel to a scandal that has long engulfed the Catholic Church. The report also found fault with the current Archbishop of Munich in two suspected cases. In 2018, Germany's Catholic Church apologized to victims after a report found that clerics had abused around 3,700 victims in the seven decades up to 2014. 

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