25 Jun 2019

Tuesday's world news: What's making the headlines

8:14 pm on 25 June 2019

Path to diplomacy closed - Iran

Iran says the US decision to impose sanctions on the country's supreme leader and other top officials, permanently closes the path to diplomacy.

Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei making a speech in Iran, on 5 June, 2019.

Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei making a speech in Iran, on 5 June, 2019. Photo: Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office - handout / Anadolu Agency via AFP

Washington has slapped tough new sanctions on Iran, which for the first time, target Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

It said he is ultimately responsible for what it called Tehran's hostile conduct.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi has tweeted that the sanctions mean the path to diplomacy is closed and Donald Trump's administration is destroying established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.

- Reuters

Read more: Iran: New US sanctions target Supreme Leader Khamenei

Donations pour into new Folau fund

A fresh fundraising drive for sacked Australia fullback Israel Folau raised more than A$650,000 in donations on Tuesday, just hours after it was launched by the Australian Christian Lobby.

Folau's GoFundMe page to raise money to fund his legal challenge against Rugby Australia was shut down yesterday by GoFundMe.

It had raised about A$750,000 and GoFundMe said it would be refunded to donors.

Folau is seeking to raise A$3 million.

- Reuters

Johnson tight-lipped over late-night row

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the race to become Britain's next Prime Minister and Tory Party leader, is continuing to refuse to answer questions about a late-night argument with his girlfriend.

The police were called to his London flat by neighbours after they heard shouting and plates being smashed.

Mr Johnson said it was "simply unfair" to "drag" loved ones into the political arena.


Read more: Johnson avoids questions about 'row with partner'

Migrant children removed from Texas border station

The United States has relocated almost 250 migrant children away from a dirty, overcrowded border patrol station in Texas, where they had been held for weeks.

Lawyers had raised their concerns after being given access to the Clint station near El Paso.

They saw toddlers without nappies being cared for by other children. There was also a lack of adequate food.

- Reuters

France prepares to swelter

An unprecedented heatwave is expected to hit France this week, with temperatures rising up to 40C.

The last time the country experienced exceptionally warm summer weather was in 2003, when the heat was blamed for the deaths of about 15,000 people.

In Paris, forecasters have issued an orange weather alert - the second highest warning.

Other parts of Europe are also expected to swelter in record-breaking temperatures due to a hot air current coming from Africa's Sahara Desert.


Taxpayers stump up millions for royal renovations

Renovations on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Frogmore Cottage cost British taxpayers up more than $4 million.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's country residence, close to Windsor Castle, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single home for the pair and their baby son Archie.

All fittings and fixtures were privately paid for by the couple.


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