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Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

World
Iran is facing "unprecedented" pressure from international sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani has said.Renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country's 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq, Mr Rouhani said.His comments came amid rising tensions with the US, which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf.Mr Rouhani, who has come under domestic political pressure, called for political unity to face down sanctions."During the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases," Mr Rouhani told political activists in the capital, Tehran."The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our Islam...
The bird that came back from the dead

The bird that came back from the dead

Technology
Scientists have discovered a species of bird which was previously extinct is alive again thanks to an extremely rare process called "iterative evolution".They found the birds - white-throated rails - which were wiped out 136,000 years ago in a flood on an isolated atoll have now re-emerged in the same place. The birds had repeatedly evolved from the same ancestor on the the Aldabra group of islands in the Indian Ocean.White-throated rails are a flightless bird native to that ocean and evolved after colonising the islands which are almost untouched by humans.The birds which migrated to these islands became flightless both times that they colonised them, and the last surviving colony of this new species is still found on the atoll today. ...
Iran announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iran announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal

World
May 8 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared Wednesday that the country would partially stop complying with a landmark nuclear deal it signed in 2015 with six other nations. The announcement comes a year to the day since President Donald Trump wholly withdrew the United States from the commitment that limited Iran's nuclear fuel production for 15 years, citing those limitations were inadequate and that the deal was "defective at its core." On Wednesday, Rouhani said in a nationally televised speech that he informed the other signatories of the deal -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- that they had 60 days to decide to either pull out of the deal or trade for oil with Iran in violation American-imposed sanctions, the New York Times reported. "The path we have chose...
Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Government looks to protect votes from risk of foreign interference

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The government wants to introduce new laws to protect elections and referendums in the UK from the risk of interference by foreign powers.Announcing the move, the minister for the constitution Kevin Foster MP stated: "There is no evidence that British elections or referendums have been compromised." However, he added: "But we need to review and refresh our analogue laws for a digital age, and ensure there are robust safeguards against hostile states, foreign lobbyists and shadowy third parties."According to the government's announcement, the new plans could tackle these potential agents of influence by::: Barring people from running for office if found guilty of abusive behaviour;:: Requiring online election material ...