Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday. Associated Press
Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.
“Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
Iran warned Britain’s next prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday that it will “protect” waters of the oil-rich Gulf, amid a standoff between the two countries over the seizure of tankers.
The CDU was still hoping to hold an in-person congress at a later date rather than a video conference, but acknowledged that the online format might be the only option if the pandemic cannot be brought under control.
As fighting over the disputed region enters its second month, international mediators are scrambling to bring a stop to frontline clashes and shelling of civilian areas that have left hundreds dead.
The UAE announced the detection of 1,111 COVID-19 cases on Monday over the past 24 hours. The ministry also announced the full recovery of 1,819 cases after receiving the necessary treatment.
The Reading Panel’s review process will be followed by an announcement of the Award’s long-list in November, paving the way for the second phase in which the Award’s jury will conduct a thorough literary review of all submissions.