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Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...

UK lawmakers warn of lost residency rights in no-deal Brexit

Jul. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers met the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator on Friday, seeking an iron-clad guarantee that the 1.3 million U.K. citizens in the bloc won't have their rights removed and their lives disrupted if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The rights of U.K. citizens living...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Greek minister says Turkey's drilling tests EU's credibility

Jul. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's new defense minister says Turkey's illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union's credibility as a guardian of its members' energy interests in the Mediterranean. Nikos Panagiotopoulos said after talks with the defense minister of Cyprus on Friday that...

The Latest: Trump lauds Johnson as 'different kind of guy'

Jul. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:00 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has waded back into British politics, expressing enthusiasm for the likelihood of Boris Johnson becoming the U.K.'s next prime minister and panning outgoing leader...

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Jul. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers next week and...

Painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, is back in Florence museum

Jul. 19, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries' director, a German. The foreign ministers of German and Italy were...

Spain: 50 migrants scale fence to African enclave

Jul. 19, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Melilla, one of Spain's two enclaves in North Africa, said Friday that around 200 migrants tried to climb a security fence separating the city from Morocco. The local office of the Spanish government's representative said about 50 of the migrants managed to scale the barrier...

Bulgarian lawmakers seal deal to buy 8 new F-16s from US

Jul. 19, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's parliament has approved the purchase of eight new American fighter jets as part of a plan to replace the Balkan country's aging Soviet-built jets and to bring its air force in line with NATO standards. Lawmakers voted 123-78 on Friday in favor of a government motion to buy...

Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

Jul. 18, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are addressed. France, which this year...