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UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Jul. 12, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran's Foreign...

The Latest: Gibraltar police detain 2 more from Iran tanker

Jul. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Police in Gibraltar say they have arrested the two second mates of an Iranian supertanker seized last week by the British navy on suspicion of carrying Tehran's oil to Syria. Police in the British...

The Latest: UN chief calls for 'maximum restraint' in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week earlier. The...

Replica Royal Navy schooner sailing into Portland for tours

Jul. 6, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A replica of a Royal Navy schooner that was built in Maine is in Portland this weekend for free tours. Tall Ships Maine says it invited the Spirit of Bermuda to come to Maine's largest city for tours on Saturday and Sunday. The schooner is a 112-foot replica of a Royal Navy...

The Latest: Moroccan Navy rescues 330 migrants in 2 days

Jul. 5, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Morocco says that the Royal Navy has rescued about 330 migrants trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in unseaworthy craft. The official MAP news agency said that there were numerous attempts to reach Spain early Friday and late...

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Jul. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted an Iranian supertanker Thursday that was believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran's crude oil to war-ravaged Syria. A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States. Iran's...

The Latest: Europe talking with Iran, dispute tool an option

Jul. 4, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 12:25 a.m. A European diplomatic official says that talks at all levels with Iran are in progress. But the official says if nothing changes, they could decide to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear accord that...

UK jets in Estonia scrambled to intercept Russian planes

Jun. 26, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense ministry says Royal Air Force jets deployed in Estonia have been scrambled twice in a single day to intercept Russian aircraft. The ministry said Wednesday that the missions brought the number of incidents involving Russian planes to 11 since taking over the Baltic Air...