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Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

Aug. 19, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece. The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1,...

Kuwait says ruler, 90, OK after unspecified health 'setback'

Aug. 18, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's 90-year-old ruling emir suffered an unspecified medical "setback" and later recovered, state media reported Sunday, hours after Iran's visiting foreign minister said he was praying for the ruler's "speedy recovery." Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah underwent...

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Aug. 15, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing...

Iran president: If US wants talks, it must lift sanctions

Aug. 6, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president reiterated Tuesday that if Washington wants to open negotiations with Tehran, it must lift all sanctions against his country "before everything else." Iranian state TV said President Hassan Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions

Aug. 5, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Britain said Monday that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran's seizure of merchant vessels has raised tensions with the West. Earlier, Iran's foreign minister lambasted recent U.S. financial sanctions against him, calling the move a...

The Latest: Britain to join US-led ship security mission

Aug. 5, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Britain says it will work with the United States in a "new international maritime security mission" to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The Ministry of Defense said Monday that Royal Navy vessels...

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister 'childish'

Aug. 1, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country's foreign minister, describing the move Thursday as "childish" and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it had imposed...

US extends Iran nuke sanctions waivers but hits FM

Jul. 31, 2019 11:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday extended waivers allowing foreign firms to work at Iranian nuclear facilities without U.S. penalties even as it hit Iran's foreign minister with sanctions. In a notice sent to Congress, the State Department said it had extended for 90 days waivers...

UAE and Iran hold rare talks in Tehran on maritime security

Jul. 31, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For the first time in six years, officials from Iran and the United Arab Emirates met in Tehran to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries confirmed Wednesday. This week's meeting was significant because the UAE, a close ally of Iran's...