UK Detention of Iran Tanker Extended Despite Promises

Gibraltar's Supreme Court has ruled that an Iranian tanker illegally seized by Britain's Royal Marines can be detained for 30 more days, the territory's attorney general says.

The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, was seized on July 4 as it transited through international waters off Gibraltar, which is located on Spain's southern tip.

An initial order by the court authorizing the detention of the vessel would lapse after Friday.

The court's decision came a day after a senior Gibraltar's official described as “constructive” talks with Iran, raising hopes that the tanker would be released imminently.

Attempts to Hinder Russia’s Development Entailed Huge Losses for EU, Says Lavrov

PETERSBERG /Germany ­- The European Union’s policy of sanctions geared to frustrate Russia’s technological and economic development has bounced off in billiards-worth losses for European countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"Life has shown: the policy geared to hinder Russia’s economic and technological development has entailed negative impacts on European businesses and European consumers," he said at the plenary session of the Petersburg Dialogue forum. "By today, losses have amounted to billions of euros. As far as I know, there is a study by the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations on that matter."

Chance of No-Deal Brexit Rises as Johnson Leads Hunt

LONDON  - The chance that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal is the highest since October 2017, economists polled by Reuters say, as arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson looks set to take over as prime minister next week.

Johnson was the face of the 2016 campaign to quit the EU and has said he would be willing to leave on Oct. 31 without a deal. The median forecast of that happening was 30% in the July 15-18 poll, up from 25% last month and 15% in May.

“The likelihood of a Boris Johnson premiership and the rhetoric which has surfaced during the campaign suggests that this outcome is more likely than we previously believed,” said Peter Dixon at Commerzbank.

Putin, Macron Discuss Situation in Syria, Iran Nuclear Deal

MOSCOW, (ST)-Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed in a telephone conversation on Thursday the situation in Syria and stressed principal importance of political settlement and efforts to overcome the consequences of the crisis in the country.

The two presidents also discussed the situation around Iran nuclear deal after the United States’ withdrawal from it, the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.

Iran, regional countries should improve cyberspace to fight unilateralism

TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that in a bid to resist against those who are fans of unilateralism in the world, Iran and regional countries should stand beside one another and improve cyberspace.

Making the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 25th Iran International Exhibition of Electronic, Computer & E-Commerce (ELECOMP 2019) in Tehran on Wednesday, the Iranian President noted that “today we are dealing with a digital world and this new platform can be an opportunity for our young generation, our country, the region and the world.”