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Iran tanker seizure raises serious questions for international shipping - Hunt

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker raises very serious questions for British and international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday.


Britain says Iran approached tanker in Omani waters - letter to U.N

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain told the United Nations Security Council on Saturday that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran was approached by Iranian forces when it was in Omani territorial waters and the action "constitutes illegal interference."


Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14.


U.S. adviser Bolton travels to Japan, South Korea amid trade dispute

(Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea as the two countries are in the middle of a trade dispute.


U.S. wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape - TV

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview.


Timeline: Iran's recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans

(Reuters) - Tensions between Iran and the West have escalated since U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports took full effect in May and British naval forces seized an Iranian supertanker.


Seizure of British-flagged tanker 'clear violation of international law' - UK Chamber of Shipping

LONDON (Reuters) - The seizure of a British flagged tanker by Iran is in "clear violation of international law" because it was in Omani waters, the head of the UK Chamber of Shipping said on Sunday.


Groups want to meet PM over Lynas licence renewal

KUALA LUMPUR: Civil society groups are pleading to meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before the Cabinet decides whether to renew the operating licence of Australia-owned Lynas Corp’s rare earth processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang.


Qatar 'cautiously following' recent developments in Strait of Hormuz

CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatar said on Sunday it was "cautiously following" recent developments in the Strait of Hormuz and incidents affecting regional and international shipping lines.


Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.