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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...

Gulf tanker incidents may raise shippers' costs, cut traffic

Jul. 19, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

Recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, according to energy experts. Britain's foreign secretary said Iranian authorities on Friday seized two ships, one flying under...

US citizen charged with training Islamic State group members

Jul. 19, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan facing terrorism charges after he became a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group once boasted that he supports "the worst terrorist organization in the world," authorities said as they announced his arrest Friday. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov,...

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....

Officials: US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia

Jul. 19, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by...

Algeria wins African Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 1-0 with goal in opening seconds.

Jul. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Algeria wins African Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 1-0 with goal in opening seconds.

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500

Jul. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May. Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation...

Brazil's state oil company denies fuel to 2 Iranian ships

Jul. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's state oil company has refused to supply two Iranian ships anchored in the southern port of Paraná because they belong to a company sanctioned by the United States. Petrobras said in a statement Friday that the Iranian ships, which were hired by an export-import company,...

British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

Jul. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT
LONDON (AP) — British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking charge

Jul. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman...