Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence has said. HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the tanker British Heritage, was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker, a spokesman said. Iran had threatened to retaliate for the seizure of one of its own tankers, but denied any attempted seizure.
The U.S. will investigate a French plan to impose taxes on technology companies, a move that has been a prelude to new U.S. tariffs under the Trump administration. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have as long as a year to examine whether the plan would hurt U.S. technology firms, and suggest remedies. The so-called 301 investigation is the same tool President Donald Trump used to impose tariffs on Chinese goods because of the country’s alleged theft of intellectual property.
Six foreigners including two children were killed and more than 100 other people injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops. Witnesses reported the storm had come and gone in a matter of minutes. Winds of over 100 kph (60 mph) were reported on the Halkidiki peninsula, popular with tourists in the summer.
A Japanese spacecraft landed on a distant asteroid on Thursday and collected underground samples that scientists hope will provide clues to the origin of the solar system billions of years ago, Japan’s space agency said. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft had created a landing crater on the rocky asteroid in April by dropping a copper impactor. A similar mission is planned by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on another asteroid, Bennu.
The area surrounding Chernobyl – the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident – is to be turned into a tourist site, Ukraine’s president says. President Zelensky, who was elected earlier this year, was speaking at an official inauguration ceremony for a new metal dome that encases the destroyed reactor. “Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine’s brand,” Mr Zelensky said. “The time has come to change this.”