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The Latest: Britain's Boris Johnson promises diverse Cabinet

Jul. 23, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Boris Johnson's victory in the race to become Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 11:01 p.m. Britain's prime minister-elect, Boris Johnson, is putting together his Cabinet, promising it will reflect the diversity of modern Britain. Johnson is due to take office...

France seeks European surveillance to secure Gulf traffic

Jul. 23, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France says it's working with its European partners on an observation mission to ensure maritime security in the Persian Gulf, where tensions have climbed with Iran's seizure last week of a U.K.-flagged oil tanker. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made no mention of a Europe-led "maritime...

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...

Stocks subdued as oil rises again on Mideast tensions

Jul. 22, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Monday while the price of oil climbed as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. The price of oil rose 1.3% as the British government is due to chair an emergency meeting to discuss possible responses to...

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...

Gulf tanker incidents may raise shippers' costs, cut traffic

Jul. 20, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

Seizures of oil tankers and other hostile Iranian measures in the Strait of Hormuz are already raising insurance rates for shipping companies and could eventually reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, with a spike in global oil prices a serious risk even without war, energy and maritime experts say. On...