Boris Johnson Elected as New British Conservative Party Leader

LONDON - Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the British Conservative Party, 1922 Committee vice Chair Cheryl Gillan announced on Tuesday.

A total of 92,153 party members voted in his favor, while another 46,656 supported Johnson’s rival Jeremy Hunt.

Johnson, who served as London mayor in 2008-2016 and as foreign minister in 2016-2018, will now take over as prime minister from Theresa May. He is expected to chair the first meeting of a new government on Thursday.

In his speech, the new Conservative Party leader vowed to deliver Brexit by October 31. "I will work flat-out from now on with my team that I will build. The campaign is over and the work begins," he said.

On May 24, Theresa May announced plans to step down as Conservative Party leader and prime minister following failed attempts to persuade parliament members to approve the Brexit deal she had reached with EU leaders.



Russia says Iran's tanker seizure arguments more convincing than UK's

Russia says Iran's arguments for its recent seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz were more convincing than those of London.

"Arguments cited by the Iranian side to explain its actions are much more convincing than vague references to the European Union’s sanction law that were used by the Gibraltar authorities with the United Kingdom’s backing at the moment of the arrest of a Panama-flagged tanker carrying Iranian oil," said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

Non-Aligned Movement Demands End of Sanctions Against Venezuela

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)  presented a statement condemning U.S. hostile policies against Venezuela.

Non-Aligned Countries demanded on Sunday that the United States Government immediately lift the economic and financial sanctions imposed on Venezuela, according to Telesur.

In a statement signed by the members of the international organization, which met for two days in Caracas, the delegations of 120 NAM countries indicated that only Venezuela can decide its fate, no other State can intervene in accordance with the United Nations Charter.

Special Plans Devised to Counter Sanctions on Iran’s Biotech Industries: VP

TEHRAN– Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari highlighted the country’s scientific progress and said special plans have been devised to counter US sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s biotechnology industries.

Speaking on the sidelines of a visit to a knowledge-based company in the northern province of Alborz on Sunday, Sattari said that the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology Affairs has special programs aimed at countering the sanctions, particularly in the area of biotechnology.

Iran has progressed well in this area, turning into the top regional power in terms of biotechnology, he said, adding that in the near future, great support will be provided for domestically made medicines and vaccines for the country’s livestock and poultry,Tasnim News reported.

NAM States Condemn US Intervention, Promote Multilateralism

 The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) condemned Saturday the United State’s continued hostile policies toward Venezuela and called for strengthened multilateralism against the hegemony of powerful nations that undermine the world order and international law.

At the opening of the meeting of the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (Co-BNAM) being held in Caracas, Venezuela until July 21, the Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said: "We are experiencing a historic moment in which multilateralism is being attacked, a systemic phenomenon that affects many countries in the world (with) coups d'états, political and economic destabilization and geopolitical interests."

According to Telesur, Arreaza insisted on the right to peace and for the people of nations to decide their future without external pressures.