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World 24 Jul 2019 | 4:56 AM

U.S. military took defensive action against second Iranian drone last week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship took defensive action against a second Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week, but did not see the drone go into the water, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

World 24 Jul 2019 | 5:24 AM

Iran vows to secure Strait of Hormuz, urges diplomacy

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will secure the Strait of Hormuz and not allow any disturbance in shipping in the key oil transport waterway, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday during a visit to Paris, the state new agency IRNA reported.

World 24 Jul 2019 | 5:28 PM

Too early to discuss German involvement in Hormuz naval mission - ministry

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is talking to Britain and France about the idea of a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz but it is too early to discuss how Berlin might take part, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

World 24 Jul 2019 | 10:11 PM

Eyeing power, Merkel protegee starts high-stakes defence job

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, pledged on Wednesday to push for increased military spending "in our own interests" as Germany's new defence minister - a role likely to make or break her chances of succeeding her mentor.

World 24 Jul 2019 | 11:39 PM

Stena Bulk says it spoke to seized tanker's crew, all safe and well

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - All 23 crew on a British oil tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz are safe and well, the vessel's Swedish operator Stena Bulk said on Wednesday after speaking to them.

World 25 Jul 2019 | 12:32 AM

Top Khamenei aide says no talks with U.S. under any circumstances

GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - The top military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Tehran would not negotiate with the United States under any circumstances, an apparent hardening of its position as the Gulf tanker crisis escalates.

World 25 Jul 2019 | 1:11 AM

U.S. sees European maritime security effort in Gulf as 'complementary'

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes a proposed European initiative to bolster maritime security in the Gulf would complement ongoing U.S. efforts there instead of being a "stand-alone" operation, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

World 25 Jul 2019 | 9:36 PM

UK moves to escort British flagged ships will secure transits - trade

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's decision to deploy a warship to accompany British-flagged vessels in the Middle East will provide greater safety for vital shipments, the UK's shipping association said on Thursday.

World 25 Jul 2019 | 10:33 PM

Britain begins escorting all UK vessels through Hormuz Strait

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a change in policy announced on Thursday after the government previously said it did not have resources to do so.

World 26 Jul 2019 | 12:25 AM

Germany ready to take part in Hormuz naval mission - RND media group

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is ready to take part in a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, media group RND reported, citing participants in a meeting of parliament's foreign relations committee.