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

Jul. 20, 2019 8:44 PM 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...

Turkey steps up drilling activities around Cyprus

Jul. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's vice president said Saturday that his country is dispatching a survey vessel to join two drillships and another research boat to search for hydrocarbons off ethnically divided Cyprus. Turkey will "never submit" to sanctions imposed by the European Union over its drilling in...

Serbia's president says Kosovo PM's resignation is a 'trick'

Jul. 20, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The surprise decision by Kosovo's prime minister to step down over a call for questioning from a Hague-based court has been slammed as a "political trick" by Serbia's president. Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that Ramush Haradinaj's resignation the day before was designed to rally...

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...

UK lawmakers warn of lost residency rights in no-deal Brexit

Jul. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers met the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator on Friday, seeking an iron-clad guarantee that the 1.3 million U.K. citizens in the bloc won't have their rights removed and their lives disrupted if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The rights of U.K. citizens living...

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....

Greek minister says Turkey's drilling tests EU's credibility

Jul. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's new defense minister says Turkey's illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union's credibility as a guardian of its members' energy interests in the Mediterranean. Nikos Panagiotopoulos said after talks with the defense minister of Cyprus on Friday that...

The Latest: Trump lauds Johnson as 'different kind of guy'

Jul. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:00 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has waded back into British politics, expressing enthusiasm for the likelihood of Boris Johnson becoming the U.K.'s next prime minister and panning outgoing leader...

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Jul. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Ramush Haradinaj said he agreed to be interviewed at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers next week and...

Painting, stolen by Nazi soldier, is back in Florence museum

Jul. 19, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries' director, a German. The foreign ministers of German and Italy were...