The Iranian Revolutionary Guard detaining the Stena Impero in July. Photo: Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Iran's government announced Monday that it would release the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which it seized in July, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The decision ends a 2-month standoff between Tehran and London over detained vessels and maritime law, but Iran still faces increased tensions with its Persian Gulf neighbors and the U.S. and its allies — including the U.K.

Context: The U.K. seized an Iranian oil tanker off the coast on Gibraltar early in July, and Iran reacted by confiscating the Stena Impero and accusing it of violating maritime regulations in the Strait of Hormuz.

The big picture: Tensions still remain between the U.K. and Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson blamed Iran Monday for this month's attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and did not rule out military intervention against Iran.

  • Johnson also said he would meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at this week's United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Go deeper: Iran to Western powers: "A limited aggression will not remain limited"

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Republicans and Dems react to Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation

President Trump stands with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after she took the constitutional oath to serve as a Supreme Court justice during a White House ceremony Monday night .Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump said Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court and her subsequent taking of the constitutional oath Monday was a "momentous day," as she she vowed to serve "without any fear or favour."

  • But as Republicans applauded the third conservative justice in four years, many Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) warned of consequences to the rush to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the Nov. 3 election, with progressives leading calls to expand the court.
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CRISPR pioneer: "Science is on the ballot" in 2020

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In her three decades in science, Jennifer Doudna said she has seen a gradual erosion of trust in the profession, but the recent Nobel Prize winner told "Axios on HBO" that the institution itself has been under assault from the current administration.

  • "I think science is on the ballot," Doudna said in the interview.

Why it matters: That has manifested itself in everything from how the federal government approaches climate change to the pandemic.

Ted Cruz doesn't think the Hunter Biden attacks are working

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told "Axios on HBO" he doesn't think the Trump campaign's focus on the Biden family's business dealings are having any sway with voters.

The big picture: After watching the Trump-Biden debate with "Axios on HBO" on Thursday night, Cruz said he thought Trump had done very well. But when asked whether he thought voters were moved by the release of the Hunter Biden emails, Cruz replied, "I don't think it moves a single voter."

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