Iran now has more than 12 times the amount of enriched uranium permitted under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a global watchdog says. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium had reached 2,442.9kg (5,385.6lb) this month. Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. The IAEA also said Iran’s explanation for the presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site was “not credible”.
In their first calls with Joe Biden since the U.S. election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security. The three key Asian allies join other global leaders in recognizing the Democratic challenger’s Nov. 3 victory over incumbent Donald Trump, who has so far refused to concede.
Coronavirus tests in New York City are coming back positive at the highest rate since the first wave of the pandemic receded in June. “This is our LAST chance to stop a second wave,” tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has imposed new restrictions over the last two weeks in the Hudson Valley and central and western portions of upstate New York to contain outbreaks there.
Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The Office of the Special Investigator is to be formed after a four-year investigation into allegations and rumors surrounding the behavior of some soldiers in Special Air Service and Commando Regiments in Afghanistan from 2005 and 2016.
Tripadvisor took the unusual step of posting a warning on its website about a Thai hotel, Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang, after it said an American guest there faced criminal charges and spent time in jail over his one-star review he posted on the travel-booking website. A Tripadvisor spokesperson told Fox News that this was the first case of a traveler going to jail for sharing their opinion that the company was aware of.