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The Latest: UN's Guterres recalls IAEA head for 'equanimity'

Jul. 22, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on reaction to the death of Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The secretary-general of the United Nations and the president of the U.N. General Assembly have joined other international leaders in praising the late director...

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

Jul. 22, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led "maritime protection mission" to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the waterway last week. Briefing Parliament on the budding crisis, Foreign Secretary...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

Yukiya Amano, head of UN agency overseeing Iran deal, dies

Jul. 22, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, has died at 72, the agency announced Monday. Amano, who had wide...

Iran's supreme leader vows not to give up on Palestinians

Jul. 22, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader was quoted Monday as saying during a meeting with a delegation from the Palestinian militant group Hamas that his country won't give up its stance in support of the Palestinians. "Supporting Palestine is an ideological and religious matter," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei...

New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate...

The Latest: Germany urges diplomacy amid Gulf tensions

Jul. 21, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 3 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is warning Iran that its seizure of commercial vessels in a key Persian Gulf shipping lane is contributing to an "escalation spiral" that could lead to war. Foreign Minister...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move

Jul. 21, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the...

Iran's poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

Jul. 20, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global...