Series of resignations in UK
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in a desperate struggle to survive politically, as more and more resignations push his government to the brink of collapse. More than 50 ministers have quit in less than 48 hours, saying Johnson is no longer fit to be in charge because of a series of scandals within his government. The Northern Ireland Secretary, the finance, health, pensions and Welsh ministers have become the latest additions to the list. Dozens in his Conservative Party are in open revolt. The Prime Minister is refusing to budge, despite the voices calling for him to throw in the towel growing louder by the hour. He has even sacked Housing Secretary Michael Gove, for telling him to quit. Party officials are warning that if Johnson battles on, the next election will be lost and the party will be destroyed. His own lawmakers are pushing to hold a second vote of confidence next week.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ushered in a new chapter in the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli regime. Head of the Hamas political bureau noted that he did not hesitate to respond positively to Algeria’s invitation for him to sit down with the Palestinian president. He told President of the Algerian National Assembly Salah Goudjil that Palestinians were very welcoming of his meeting with Abbas, hoping it would boost unity. He said the liberation of Palestine will only materialize through resistance and unity. Goudjil also noted that the issue of Palestine is key for Algeria. And that Algiers supports the Palestinian people’s right to establish an independent state, which will have Quds as its capital.
Identifying foreign spies in Iran
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says it has identified foreign diplomats and nationals committing acts of espionage in Iran. They include a British and an Austrian diplomat, as well as a Polish national. Footage released by the IRGC shows they were spotted taking soil samples in restricted areas. One of them is Giles Whitaker, the UK deputy ambassador to Tehran. Whitaker and his family visited the central Shahdad Desert as tourists, during which he was spotted collecting soil samples. Whitaker was also engaged in shooting photographs in a forbidden area. The illegal acts happened just as the IRGC aerospace forces were conducting missile exercises in the vicinity. Whitaker was asked to leave the area, after apologizing for his conduct. Also among those identified is the husband of Austria’s cultural attaché to Iran and a Polish university professor. They were both caught on camera collecting samples.