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Iran BRICS membership

President Ebrahim Raeisi hails Iran’s admission to the BRICS group of five major emerging economies. He says, in addition to economic benefits, Iran’s cooperation with regional and international organizations also helps the country boost its political power on the world’s stage. Raeisi made the remark upon arrival in Tehran after taking part in a BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. There, the bloc’s leaders invited Iran and five other countries including Saudi Arabia to join their group. Raeisi said the BRICS leaders reached a consensus on admitting Iran as a new member. He added that the accession is in line with Iran’s national interests. The Iranian President also lauded the role of new-emerging blocs such as BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in confronting unilateralism.

Russia-Ukraine war

Russia says it has thwarted new Ukrainian drone and missile attacks near the capital Moscow and on the Crimean peninsula. The Russian Defense Ministry says it shot down a modified S-200 missile over a region near Moscow. It says Ukraine also attacked Crimea with 42 drones that were either destroyed or suppressed by electronic warfare. As a result, the ministry said, all drones crashed without reaching their targets. There have been no reports of possible casualties or damage. Crimea and Moscow have been the main targets of the Ukrainian airstrikes on Russian territory since May. Russia has launched its own air attacks on Ukrainian soil as well, mainly targeting the capital Kiev and southern regions.

Trump legal woes

There seems to be no end to the legal troubles surrounding former US President Donald Trump. In a new case, the Republican figure has been booked at a jail in Atlanta, Georgia. He was released after posting a $200,000 bond and accepting bail conditions that bar him from threatening witnesses or his co-defendants in the case.

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