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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:27

Briefing Tuesday 7th August

Boris Johnson, who recently resigned the post of Foreign Secretary, has been accused of Islamophobia after likening Muslim women wearing burkas to “letter boxes”. The Muslim Council of Britain have blamed him for gratifying the “far right”. They also mentioned that his comments were “regrettable in this current climate, where Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred is becoming worryingly pervasive”.

Chief Executive of British Airways, Alex Cruz has called on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take action towards what has been described as the ‘border farce’, with passengers routinely facing ‘unacceptable’ two-hour queues at Heathrow Airport’s passport control. Writing in the Times newspaper, Mr Cruz said “Two-hour queues are fast becoming the norm for those visiting from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), despite a target of no more than a 45-minute wait.” He added, “Even EEA citizens wait almost an hour.”

The Trump administration have reinstated sanctions against Iran, further ramping up tensions between the nations. Sanctions have banned any deals with Iran involving UD dollars, gold and commercial aircraft. The USA supposedly want to force Iran back to the negotiating table; however, Iran have declared America’s sanctions as an act of ‘psychological warfare’. This also comes just weeks after news circulated that America were planning on bombing Iran, though it is unclear as to whether this was the case.

And in other news,

Spanish football giants Real Madrid have released a kit made entirely from ocean plastic. The orange design, which will act as the clubs third kit, was unveiled in New York and says ‘for the oceans’ inside the collar. The club will be hoping to make waves when the new season kicks off next week, despite losing manager Zinedine Zidane and star man Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of last season.

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