1. PROTESTS ERUPT IN IRAN AFTER MILITARY ADMITS DOWNING UKRAINIAN PASSENGER JET, KHAMENEI CONDEMNED
TEHRAN, IRAN: Protesters in Iran are demanding that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei steps down, after the country’s military admitted to accidentally downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board.
Yesterday thousands of people gathered in Tehran’s main squares as meetings organized on social media to mourn the dead transformed into protests against the military’s mistake.
Chants in videos seen on social media by the newspaper included “Death to liars!”, “Death to the dictator!” and “You have no shame.”
According to reports, an angry crowd in front of Amir Kabir university in the city appeared to chant “Commander-in-chief (Khamenei) resign, resign”.
2. AUSTRALIAN PM PROPOSES HIGH-POWERED INQUIRY INTO BUSHFIRES RESPONSE
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: After weeks of criticism over the handling of the bushfires scorching Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today he will propose a national review into the response to the disaster.
Morrison said he would propose a powerful judicial inquiry, known as the Royal Commission, into the handling of the fires.
Facing increasing pressure to do more to tackle climate change, Morrison, who has so far been defiant in rejecting any links between his government’s conservative climate policies and the bushfires, said his government will look into improving its performance on curbing emissions.
3) MINISTER SAYS BRITAIN MUST REDUCE MILITARY DEPENDENCE ON U.S.
LONDON, UK: Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain must invest in military hardware to become less reliant on U.S. air cover and spy planes in future conflicts.
Wallace explained that fears that the United States under President Donald Trump would pursue increasingly isolationist policies kept him awake at night.
He said the assumption that Britain would always be part of a U.S. coalition was no longer valid and the government should plan accordingly.