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Lifting of sanctions to start within days of deal - Iran's Zarif

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The signing of a nuclear agreement with Iran will prompt the United Nations, European Union and United States to begin lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic within days afterwards, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.

Kerry says U.S. will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the United States would not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

Britain will be considered but robust towards Iran - Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said London would respond in a considered but robust way to the seizure of a British tanker by Iranian guards, and warned that Tehran would be the biggest loser if freedom of navigation is restricted.

Britain says seizure of two vessels by Iran is unacceptable

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said Iran's seizure of a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz was unacceptable and called for freedom of navigation in the Gulf.

US general says will work 'aggressively' to enable free passage in the Gulf

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Thursday it was talking to other countries about freedom of navigation in the Gulf and would work "aggressively" to find a solution to enable free passage.

China's attention to U.S. Navy ops in South China Sea sometimes unwarranted, U.S. says

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The head of operations of the United States Navy said on Wednesday that its freedom of navigation operations in the disputed South China Sea get more attention than they deserve.

China says U.S. destroyer in South China Sea violated its security

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said a U.S. navy destroyer that carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday in the South China Sea had violated international and Chinese law and seriously harmed Beijing's sovereignty and security.

Meeting to finalise COC framework

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Asean and Chinese officials are meeting in China this week to finalise the draft framework for the Code of Conduct (COC) in the contested South China Sea.

China angered by U.S. navy patrol in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry expressed anger on Tuesday after a U.S. navy warship carried out a freedom of navigation operation near a disputed reef in the South China Seas.

China's Xi warns U.S. about moves damaging its sovereignty

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday that China would not accept any behaviour under the "disguise of freedom of navigation" that violates China's sovereignty, Xinhua news agency reported.