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World 13 Jul 2019 | 2:27 AM

Exclusive: Panama to withdraw flags from more vessels that violate sanctions

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the country's maritime authority told Reuters, following the removal of about 60 ships linked to Iran and Syria from the Panamanian registry in recent months.

AseanPlus News 14 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM

Waste dumping needs global solution

IN the short span of time since China banned the import of 24 categories of recyclable waste last year, South-East Asia has become the top destination for these materials, a high proportion of which comprises various forms of plastic.

World 16 Jul 2019 | 8:11 PM

Ten Turkish sailors seized by pirates off Nigerian coast - shipping company

ANKARA (Reuters) - Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria early on Tuesday, shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik said, adding that another eight sailors were safely aboard the ship.

World 17 Jul 2019 | 7:00 PM

U.S. unsure about circumstances of tanker towed to Iran

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. officials say they are unsure whether an oil tanker towed into Iranian waters was seized by Iran or rescued after facing mechanical faults as Tehran asserts, creating a mystery at sea at a time of high tension in the Gulf.

World 17 Jul 2019 | 7:55 PM

Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf

LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies involved said.

World 18 Jul 2019 | 3:50 PM

Explainer: Japan's Abe faces headache from U.S. plan for Mideast maritime coalition

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a tough diplomatic challenge from an expected U.S. request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

World 18 Jul 2019 | 5:31 PM

Mordaunt urges Iran to de-escalate Gulf tensions

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain urged Iran on Wednesday to ease tensions in the Gulf, while pledging to defend its shipping interests in the region.

World 18 Jul 2019 | 7:15 PM

U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer

ABOARD USS BOXER, Arabian Sea (Reuters) - At a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away.

World 18 Jul 2019 | 8:13 PM

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.

World 18 Jul 2019 | 11:09 PM

U.S. says Navy ship 'destroyed' Iranian drone in Gulf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel, but Iran said it had no information about losing a drone.