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Europe · Tehran

Iran confirms seizure of 2 Greek oil tankers in Persian Gulf

40% Center coverage: 63 sources
Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids. The action appeared to be retaliation for Athens’ assistance in the U.S. seizure of crude oil from an Iranian-flagged tanker. The raid marks the first major incident at sea in months as tensions remain high between Iran and the West.See the Story
Europe · London

Partygate: Boris Johnson receives Sue Gray's full report into Downing Street parties during lockdown

56% Left coverage: 25 sources
Boris Johnson has received the long-awaited report into lockdown-busting parties at Downing Street. The details have not been published yet but Johnson will go to the House of Commons later to make a statement. A total of 126 fines were handed out over rule-breaking gatherings at No. 10 and Whitehall during the pandemic.See the Story
Europe · Brussels

EU to make breaking sanctions against Russia a crime, seizing assets easier

Coverage: 14 sources
European Commission to propose a way to criminalize sanctions evasion at the EU level. A draft of the directive proposes to establish a common legal framework for how to deal with assets frozen in connection with crimes of EU relevance. Confiscation is currently a matter of criminal law in many EU countries, requiring a conviction.See the Story
Vladimir Putin · Ukraine

Putin will not dictate Ukraine peace terms: Scholz

50% Center coverage: 4 sources
Olaf Scholz said he would not accept a 'dictated peace' in Ukraine borne out of 'imperialism' He insisted Germany was a reliable partner in the struggle against Russian aggression. He was speaking in a wide-ranging discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.See the Story
Europe · Xinjiang

Germany scraps Xinjiang investment guarantees amid rights concerns

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
German government stops all investment guarantees for companies in China's Xinjiang region. The move is due to the deteriorating human rights situation in the region. It comes amid reports that Volkswagen has failed to secure backing for extra investment in Xinjiang. Volkswagen runs a plant employing 600 in the area and has links to other German companies.See the Story

Johnson, many Tories would lose seats if UK election were tomorrow, poll shows

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Boris Johnson's seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip would likely fall into Labour hands. Tories are projected to be able to hold on to just three of 88 battleground parliamentary seats, according to the pollster YouGov. The most immediate pain could be felt on June 23, when a by-election takes place.See the Story
Sanctions · Odesa

Putin: We could reopen Odesa, but we want sanctions removed

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Russian President Vladimir Putin toyed with the idea of reopening the Odesa port for grain exports. Putin made the remarks during a call Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Concerns worsened over a looming food crisis due to the inability to export Ukraine's grain amid the conflict.See the Story
Xinjiang · Xinjiang

UN’s Bachelet wraps up Xinjiang trip without seeing where China locks up Uyghur activists

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet raised more questions than answers on Saturday after what was supposed to be a fact-finding mission to Xinjiang. Activists wanted more from what is the first trip to China by a top official on human rights in nearly two decades. The situation in Xinjiang has prompted the U.S. and Europe to impose sanctions on local officials.See the Story

POLITICO Confidential: Blair’s back — Gun violence data — Europe’s worst bits

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
The World Economic Forum held its annual meeting in the summertime for the first time. The big themes of the forum this year were Ukraine, recession, cannabis and crypto. With just four graphs, our dataviz team got to the heart of the gun control issue, to tell a powerful story.See the Story

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