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Hurricane death toll in Bahamas at 30 as aid begins to land

Sep. 5, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — Carrying possessions in plastic bags, some weary Bahamians whose homes were smashed by Hurricane Dorian waited Thursday for a flight out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gained momentum. The death toll rose to 30. A few hundred...

Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas

Sep. 4, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The ground crunched under Greg Alem's feet on Wednesday as he walked over the ruins of his home, laid waste by Hurricane Dorian. He touched a splintered beam of wood and pointed to the fallen trees, overcome by memories. "We planted those trees ourselves. Everything has a memory,...

The Latest: Minnis: Many still in shelters on Grand Bahama

Sep. 4, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says he has visited storm-ravaged Grand Bahama, finding many people remain in shelters even though much of the flooding has eased. Minnis spoke at a news briefing Wednesday evening and...

British navy says 3rd warship en route to Persian Gulf

Aug. 25, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain says a third Royal Navy vessel is heading to the Persian Gulf to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. The navy says the HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, will join the frigates HMS Kent and HMS Montrose. The Montrose is due to leave for planned repairs later this month,...

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...

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...

Royal Navy ship shadows Chinese destroyer in English Channel

Aug. 3, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Navy says one of its ships shadowed a Chinese destroyer as it sailed through the English Channel. A navy statement said the HMS Westminster met up with the guided-missile destroyer Xian as it entered Dover Strait on Saturday. The Xian was returning from Russia's annual Navy...

UK military drafted in to prevent dam collapse

Aug. 2, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British military helicopter dropped sandbags Friday to shore up a reservoir wall as emergency services worked frantically to prevent a rain-damaged dam from collapsing. Engineers said they remain "very concerned" about the integrity of the 19th-century Toddbrook Reservoir, which contains...

New video from Iran shows Guard warning away UK warship

Jul. 29, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In new video and audio released Monday, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer is heard telling a British warship not to interfere or put their "life in danger" as the paramilitary force, using speedboats and a helicopter, seized a U.K.-flagged commercial vessel in the Strait of Hormuz...

The Latest: Iran's Rouhani seeks closer UK ties with Johnson

Jul. 28, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and over the 2015 Iran nuclear accord (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has penned an open letter to Britain's new prime minister, saying he hopes the countries' diplomatic ties will be stronger under Boris Johnson's...