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  • GIBRALTAR, Aug 17- The United States has issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West in a last ditch effort to prevent the vessel from leaving Gibraltar. The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by...

  • *Gibraltar says Grace 1 is free to sail. *Tehran denies vessel was headed for Syria. GIBRALTAR, Aug 16- An Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West shifted position on Friday, but its anchor was still down off Gibraltar and it was unclear if it was ready to set sail soon.

  • PANAMA CITY, Aug 16- The Panama Canal will allow vessels coming from Venezuela to transit the waterway provided they present the necessary paperwork, the canal authority's chief said on Wednesday, suggesting a new round of U.S. sanctions on the South American country may not make any difference to canal traffic. The measure did not explicitly place sanctions on...

  • *Tehran denies vessel was headed for Syria. GIBRALTAR, Aug 16- An Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West shifted position on Friday, but its anchor was still down off Gibraltar and it was unclear if it was ready to set sail soon. The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of...

  • *Tehran denies vessel was headed for Syria. LONDON, Aug 16- An Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West could sail free from British territory Gibraltar on Friday, unless a last-ditch push by the United States succeeds in dragging the saga back into court. Gibraltar lifted the detention order on Thursday after it said Tehran had given...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 7- Panama's Canal Authority said on Wednesday that the canal was operating normally and without delays, adding that no ships had been detained in the trade waterway.

  • PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY SAYS THERE ARE NO SHIPS DETAINED IN PANAMA CANAL, AFTER VENEZUELA GOV'T SAYS SHIP CARRYING 25,000 TONNES OF SOY WAS DETAINED IN CANAL.

  • PANAMA CANAL AUTHORITY SAYS PANAMA CANAL OPERATING NORMALLY, WITHOUT DELAYS.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 6- HSBC's Swiss private banking arm has agreed to pay nearly 300 million euros to settle a tax fraud case in Belgium, Belgian prosecutors said on Tuesday, the latest blow for the Alpine state's banking sector from the EU. UBS, which is under investigation in Belgium for a similar case, denies the charges. Swiss banks have been exposed to such legal...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 6- HSBC's Swiss private banking arm, has agreed to pay nearly 300 million euros to settle a tax fraud case in Belgium, Belgian prosecutors said on Tuesday. They alleged that HSBC helped and encouraged tax fraud by creating off-shore companies in Panama and other tax heavens in the Caribbean for wealthy Belgian clients "with no other purpose but to...

  • The practice of turning off AIS by some vessels from countries such as Iran has become common to evade closer scrutiny as the United States pushes to cut off Iranian oil exports. Tensions spiked between Iran and Britain this month when Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the worlds most important waterway for oil...

  • LONDON/ DUBAI/ PANAMA CITY, July 26- Somewhere on its journey from the waters off Iran, around Africa's southern tip and into the Mediterranean, the Grace 1 oil tanker lost the flag under which it sailed and ceased to be registered to Panama. The ship carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian crude was seized by British Royal Marines off Gibraltar, raising tensions in the...

  • PANAMA CITY, July 20- Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14. Iran has said it towed a vessel into its waters from the strait after the ship issued a distress call.

  • DUBAI, July 16- Emirates is to start flights to Mexico with a stopover in Spain, a so-called fifth freedom flight that could anger critics and rival airlines in the United States and Europe. The Dubai state-owned carrier said on Tuesday it would start daily flights to Mexico City International Airport via Barcelona on Dec. 9, the airline's first service to Mexico.

  • BOGOTA, July 14- Colombia has put a patch of banana crops in the north of the country under quarantine on suspicion they are infested with a fungus that is seen as potentially devastating to the country's banana exports, the agriculture minister said on Sunday. Colombia is one of the world's leading banana exporters after Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

  • PANAMA CITY, July 4- Panama's Maritime Authority said on Thursday that Grace 1, a giant Iranian oil tanker seized by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar, was no longer listed in Panama's international boat registry as of May 29. The Panamanian authority added that Grace 1 had been de-listed after receiving an alert indicating that the ship had participated in or...

  • PANAMA SAYS WAS NOTIFIED OF INTERNATIONAL ALERT INDICATING GRACE 1 WAS PARTICIPATING IN OR LINKED TO TERRORISM FINANCING.

  • PANAMA SAYS GRACE 1 TANKER SEIZED BY BRITISH ROYAL MARINES IN GIBRALTAR NOT LISTED IN PANAMA INTERNATIONAL BOAT REGISTRY, FOLLOWING MAY 29 CANCELLATION.

  • *Grace 1 apparently sailed from Iran- mapping data. *US, Iran in confrontation over unravelling nuclear deal. LONDON/ DUBAI, July 4- British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that drew Tehran's fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West.

  • GENEVA, July 4- The United States and 15 other countries launched a broadside of criticism at the European Union on Thursday, saying its "hazard-based" approach to regulating pesticides and other "critical tools" used by farmers was damaging livelihoods worldwide. Their statement, submitted to the World Trade Organization, said the EU's approach created great...