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Release tanker and crew immediately, Britain tells Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain called on Iran on Monday to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal.

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U.S.'s Pompeo dismisses Iran's announcement that it captured U.S. spies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday dismissed Iran's announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and sentenced some to death.

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Britain calls for European naval mission to counter Iran's 'piracy'

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Britain called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in what London described as an act of "state piracy" in the strategic waterway.

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Britain to seek European maritime mission to counter Iran's 'piracy'

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel in what London said was an act of "state piracy".

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Ships urged to alert navies before sailing through Strait of Hormuz

LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping associations have called on ship owners to inform Britain's navy of their movements before sailing into the Middle East Gulf and Strait of Hormuz because of the escalating international crisis in the region.

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Iran warns West against starting conflict, says not looking for confrontation

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister warned the West on Monday against "starting a conflict," saying it was not seeking confrontation after its military seized the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz last week.

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An international coalition to protect Gulf will bring insecurity - Iran vice president

GENEVA (Reuters) - An international coalition to protect the Gulf will bring insecurity, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Tuesday, according to the IRIB news agency.

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France, Germany, Britain working on maritime "observation" mission in Gulf: Le Drian

PARIS (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was working with European capitals to improve maritime security in the Persian Gulf but stopped short of backing Britain's call for a naval mission to ensure safe shipping in the region.

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Indonesian ministry to mitigate offshore gas spill

Jakarta: The Transportation Ministry has teamed up with state-owned energy holding company Pertamina to handle the impact of a gas well kick that was followed by a spill in the PT Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore North West Java (PHE ONWJ) area.

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Exclusive: Britain wins early European support for Hormuz naval mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday.