Biden Promised to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal. Now It Risks Derailment. – The New York Times

Meanwhile, what has happened on the ground in Natanz, and in small research labs around the country, has the United States worried. The most visible problem, though in some ways the easiest to reverse, is that Iran has ratcheted up its production of nuclear fuel over the past two years, and now possesses far more fuel than it did before Mr. Trump pulled out of the agreement. At the time, he declared that Iran would return to the table, begging for a new deal. It never did while Mr. Trump…

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Mastermind behind deadly 2019 Kashmir attack killed in shootout -Indian police – Reuters India

Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Younis Khaliq/File Photo SRINAGAR, India, July 31 (Reuters) – The mastermind behind a 2019 attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops has been killed in a shootout with security forces, Indian police in Kashmir said on Saturday. Mohammad Ismail Alvi, the commander of militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed south of the regional capital Srinagar, Vijay Kumar, the police chief of Kashmir told Reuters. “Mohammad Ismail Alvi alias Lamboo alias Adnan was from…

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French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris – Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Thousands in France protesting a special virus pass marched through Paris on Saturday, with French police in full riot gear using their fists to push some demonstrators back and firing tear gas against some crowds. Some 3,000 security forces deployed around the French capital for a third weekend of protests against the pass that will be needed to enter restaurants and other places. Police took up posts along Paris’ Champs-Elysees to guard against an invasion of the famed avenue by violent demonstrators. Anti-pass marches were being held…

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COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections – Reuters

Many nations’ health systems overwhelmed, says WHO chief Delta hits parts of Asia once successful in blocking COVID-19 Thailand says Delta accounts for over 60% of cases China battles Delta outbreak in Nanjing Vietnam announces fresh curbs on movement July 31 (Reuters) – The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease. The surge in Delta variant cases is rattling parts of Asia previously relatively successful in containing COVID-19, such as…

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Firemen fighting wildfires in Sicilian town of Catania – Reuters

MILAN, July 31 (Reuters) – Firemen in Italy said on Saturday they were battling for a second straight day wildfires in Sicily that reached the town of Catania, forcing people to leave their homes and the local airport to temporarily shut down. The firemen said on Twitter they had been conducting 250 operations in Sicily in the past 24 hours, of which 50 were in Catania alone. The city famous for its Baroque architecture is located on the slopes of Mount Etna on the island’s eastern coast. The fires hit…

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French security forces brace for anti-health pass protests – Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Thousands in France protesting a special virus pass marched through Paris on Saturday, with French police in full riot gear using their fists to push some demonstrators back and firing tear gas against some crowds. Some 3,000 security forces deployed around the French capital for a third weekend of protests against the pass that will be needed to enter restaurants and other places. Police took up posts along Paris’ Champs-Elysees to guard against an invasion of the famed avenue by violent demonstrators. Anti-pass marches were being held…

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Behind the Rise of U.S. Solar Power, a Mountain of Chinese Coal – The Wall Street Journal

Solar panel installations are surging in the U.S. and Europe as Western countries seek to cut their reliance on fossil fuels. But the West faces a conundrum as it installs panels on small rooftops and in sprawling desert arrays: Most of them are produced with energy from carbon-dioxide-belching, coal-burning plants in China. Concerns are mounting in the U.S. and Europe that the solar industry’s reliance on Chinese coal will create a big increase in emissions in the coming years as manufacturers rapidly scale up production of solar panels to meet…

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More countries hike climate pledges, piling pressure on major emitters – Reuters

BRUSSELS, July 31 (Reuters) – A group of mostly smaller countries submitted new, more ambitious climate pledges to the United Nations this week, raising pressure on big emitters including China to do the same ahead of a major U.N. climate summit in November. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said that as of Saturday the United Nations had received new pledges from 110 countries, out of the nearly 200 that signed the 2015 Paris climate accord. “It is still far from satisfactory, since only a little over half the parties (58%)…

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Multiple Iranian drones used in deadly attack on Israeli-operated ship – report – The Times of Israel

Several Iranian drones were apparently used in a strike on an oil tanker operated by an Israeli-owned company, killing two on board, unnamed Israeli officials told the New York Times on Saturday. The Israeli officials told the newspaper that the strike earlier this week was apparently carried out by a number of Iranian drones that slammed into the ship’s living quarters underneath the vessel’s command center as it sailed off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. An unnamed US official confirmed to the newspaper that multiple drones were…

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Israel blames Iran for attack on tanker off Oman coast that killed two – NBC News

A Briton and a Romanian were killed when an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker came under attack on Thursday off the coast of Oman, the company said on Friday, in an incident that Israel’s foreign minister blamed on Iran and said deserved a harsh response. There were varying explanations for what happened to the Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned ship, with Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime describing the incident as “suspected piracy” and a source at the Oman Maritime Security Center as an accident that occurred outside Omani territorial waters. Iran and Israel…

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