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UK warns British ships to avoid Hormuz Strait

UK warns British ships to avoid Hormuz Strait

London Saturday advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz for "an interim period" following Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.

Iran says tanker "ignored distress call", taken to Bandar Abbas port

Iran says tanker "ignored distress call", taken to Bandar Abbas port

The detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero was in an accident with an Iranian fishing boat and ignored its distress call, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday, quoting an official.

Iran seizes British tanker, denies US downed drone

Iran seizes British tanker, denies US downed drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said yesterday they had confiscated a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking “international maritime rules” as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway.

Lebanon’s parliament passes 2019 budget

Lebanon’s parliament passes 2019 budget

Lebanon’s parliament passed a “reforming” 2019 state budget yesterday, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said, without giving details on its deficit target as his coalition government seeks to bring the public debt under control.

20 militants killed by airstrikes in Egypt's restive Sinai

20 militants killed by airstrikes in Egypt's restive Sinai

Egyptian security forces launched airstrikes on Islamist militants' hideouts in Egypt's restive Sinai region on Friday, killing 20 insurgents

Tehran dismisses US claim of destroying Iranian drone

Tehran dismisses US claim of destroying Iranian drone

Iran on Friday categorically denied US President Donald Trump's claims that Washington brought down an Iranian drone, saying all its craft are accounted for and jesting that American forces

Iraqi militias bombed by unmanned aircraft, one killed

Iraqi militias bombed by unmanned aircraft, one killed

An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi'ite paramilitary groups in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, the army and paramilitary sources said.

Turkish soldier killed, six wounded in operation in Iraq's north

Turkish soldier killed, six wounded in operation in Iraq's north

A Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded on Friday in an operation in northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

Sudanese honour fallen protesters

Sudanese honour fallen protesters

Sudanese demonstrators yesterday rolled out a banner honouring fallen protesters over a square where ousted president Omar al-Bashir held a large rally in his final months in power, a symbolic move that left some in tears.

US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

The US House has voted to block $8.1bn in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies.

Iran seizes foreign tanker, US vows to protect vital Gulf waterway

Iran seizes foreign tanker, US vows to protect vital Gulf waterway

Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, and the US military commander in the region said the United States would work

Thousands converge on Sudan square for 'martyrs' rally

Thousands converge on Sudan square for 'martyrs' rally

Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators converged Thursday on a prominent square in Khartoum in a march through the capital to honour comrades killed in the months-long protest movement that has rocked the country.

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