Tension in Hormuz Strait: Iranian naval forces seize Iraqi ship

World 08/05/19, 13:58

On Sunday, Aug. 4, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard announced the capture of an Iraqi oil tanker that was reportedly smuggling fuel. The ship carrying 185,000 gallons of fuel was manned by seven people who were eventually arrested. The news comes in the middle of an escalation of tension with the ...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

World 05/15/19, 10:48

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers and restored ...

Update: Kremlin says Pompeo didn’t ease Moscow concerns

Europe 05/15/19, 05:22

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Middle East amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The Kremlin's spokesman said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't offer President Vladimir Putin any reassurances or ease Moscow's concerns over the ongoing ...

Spain says frigate peeling off from US fleet is not a rebuke

Europe 05/14/19, 07:45

Spain's decision to remove a frigate on training exercises from a U.S. combat fleet that is approaching the Persian Gulf was taken purely for "technical reasons," the country's defense minister said Tuesday.Margarita Robles insisted the decision was "not an expression of distaste" over the crossing into the Strait of Hormuz ...

EXPLAINS: Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route

Asia & Pacific 05/13/19, 12:52

Reports that commercial ships have become targets of alleged sabotage near the Strait of Hormuz have focused new attention on the region as tensions have risen. A look at the key waterway: WHERE IS THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ? The Strait of Hormuz is the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. It is ...

UAE says 4 ships targeted by ‘sabotage’ off its coast

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 12:46

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast "were subjected to sabotage operations," just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a nearby Emirati port. Emirati officials declined to elaborate on the nature of the sabotage or say who ...

EXPLAINS: Why send a US aircraft carrier to the Gulf?

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 10:17

The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group is being deployed to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged but still-unspecified threat from Iran, the latest in a long line of such deployments to the strategic region. It comes as Iran has started backing away from its 2015 nuclear deal with ...

US deployments across Mideast factor in Iran tensions

Asia & Pacific 05/11/19, 11:02

A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military deployments in the Persian Gulf, beginning with a sudden May ...

US official: Intel indicates Iran moved missiles by boat

Politics 05/07/19, 15:59

A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss ...

FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion

Soccer 04/27/19, 07:24

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision.FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the ...

Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

Asia & Pacific 02/16/19, 05:10

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed fear that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan on Monday risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, Karzai worried the accelerated peace process was being hijacked by ...

Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia

Soccer 01/16/19, 16:06

Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours.The journey demonstrates how the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis is impacting sports and could ...

US aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf after long absence

Asia & Pacific 12/21/18, 10:31

A U.S. aircraft carrier has sailed into the Persian Gulf, becoming the first since America's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and breaking the longest carrier absence in the volatile region since at least the Sept. 11 terror attacks.The arrival Friday of the USS John C. Stennis comes as Iranian ...

Iran says it has added 2 mini submarines to its naval fleet

World 11/29/18, 09:23

Iran's navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf, the Iranian state TV reported on Thursday.The report said one of the mini submarines — also known as midget submarines — was dubbed Ghadir-955 and was built in 18 months. The ...

Lebanon’s ‘lung’ to Persian Gulf markets choked by politics

World 11/13/18, 01:42

Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed overland trade route to lucrative Persian Gulf markets.But lingering disputes between Lebanon and Syria, and political gridlock in Beirut, mean that many Lebanese ...

FIFA asks Qatar emir about World Cup share with bitter foes

Soccer 10/31/18, 13:19

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has asked the emir of Qatar to consider co-hosting the next World Cup with nations that are attempting to isolate the tiny desert country in a bitter diplomatic dispute.Qatar has just eight stadiums to host 64 games over an already-congested 28-day window in 2022. Expanding the ...

Update: Iran says US ally behind military parade attack

World 09/23/18, 03:25

The Latest on the fallout from Saturday's attack on a military parade in Iran (all times local):11 a.m.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani claims an unnamed U.S.-allied country supports the group that attacked a military parade on Saturday.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, top center, reviews army troops marching during the 38th anniversary of ...

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