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  • A ship approaches supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on July 6, 2019. - Iran demanded on July 5, 2019 that Britain immediately release an oil tanker it has detained in Gibraltar, accusing it of acting at the bidding of the United States.

    Iran called on Britain to immediately release an oil tanker that was seized last week on suspicion it was taking oil to Syria.

  • DUBAI, July 12- Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA. Tension between Iran and the West has increased a week after Britain seized the tanker and London said...

  • *Trump vows harsher sanctions on Iran soon. A week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria, London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed as "worthless" the allegation...

  • *Trump vows harsher sanctions on Iran soon. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed as "worthless" the allegation that Iran sought to block the ship. The United States and Iran came as close as ever to direct military conflict last month, when Iran shot down a U.S. drone and Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off minutes before...

  • Britain urged Iran to "de-escalate the situation in the region" after the British Heritage, a Suezmax oil tanker operated by BP under an Isle of Man flag, was approached. The incident followed President Donald Trump's warning he would soon "substantially" increase U.S. sanctions on Iran as part of a drive to curb Iran's nuclear program and force Tehran to change its...

  • Tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies have risen sharply since Washington stepped up economic sanctions against Iran and moved to bring the country's oil exports to zero as part of a "maximum pressure" policy to make Iran halt actions that it said undermined regional security. Several oil tankers were attacked in waters near Iran's...

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, Senator Jim Risch, introduced legislation on Wednesday punishing Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but not halting weapons sales. The bill is the latest effort in Congress to hold the kingdom accountable for rights...

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, Senator Jim Risch, introduced legislation on Wednesday punishing Saudi Arabia over human rights and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but not by stopping weapons sales. The bill is the latest effort in Congress to hold the kingdom accountable for rights...

  • *Producers begin evacuating Gulf of Mexico rigs. LONDON, July 10- Oil prices rose 2.5% on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. inventories fell more than expected and as major U.S. producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico before a storm. Major oil firms began evacuating and shutting in production in the Gulf of Mexico after weather forecasts warned that...

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch, has introduced legislation seeking to push back on Saudi Arabia over human rights and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The bill, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, is the latest effort in the U.S. Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for...

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch, has introduced legislation seeking to push back on Saudi Arabia over human rights and criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The bill, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, is the latest effort in the U.S. Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for...

  • *Producers begin evacuating Gulf of Mexico rigs. LONDON, July 10- Oil prices rose 2.5% on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. inventories fell more than expected and as major U.S. producers evacuated rigs in the Gulf of Mexico before a storm. Major oil firms began evacuating and shutting in production in the Gulf of Mexico after weather forecasts warned that...

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- The United States hopes to enlist allies over the next two weeks or so in a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen, where Washington blames Iran and Iran- aligned fighters for attacks, the top U.S. general said on Tuesday. Under the plan, which has only been finalized in recent days, the United States would provide...

  • An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Israel's army said then that it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies.

    A lack of regional participation in Iran's ill-fated nuclear deal could lead to a new conflict in the Middle East, a senior Emirati official told CNBC on Monday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press conference as he attends the NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brussels, Belgium on December 04, 2018.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to block the sale of billions of dollars in military sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, rejecting President Donald Trump's decision to sidestep Congress' review of such deals by declaring an emergency over Iran. Backers of the resolutions, led by Democrat Bob Menendez and...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Senate will vote on Thursday on legislation seeking to block President Donald Trump's plan to complete $8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, lawmakers said, making clear they want a harder line against what they see as human rights abuses by the two countries. There has been increasing frustration with...

  • Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking a White House plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without the consent of Congress, setting up Senate votes on the matter as soon as this week. Menendez, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the Senate to move to...

  • Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking President Donald Trump's plan to proceed with more than $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without congressional consent. In a Senate speech, Menendez asked the Senate to move to immediate consideration of a resolution disapproving the plan to sell...

  • *Boycott left Qatar scrambling to secure food in 2017. Qatar is the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter but a net importer of nearly everything else. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting Islamist terrorist groups.