U.K. plans European-led Gulf force after tanker seizure

World Jul 23, 2019

U.K. plans European-led Gulf force after tanker seizure

The U.K. on Monday said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned Iran's actions as "state piracy" while at ...

World Jul 15, 2019

Syria says militant attack shut down gas pipeline

Militants targeted a gas pipeline in government-controlled central Syria, putting it out of order Sunday, according to state media. The SANA news agency didn't name the attackers. The area in the central Homs province is close to where remnants of the Islamic State group are ...

EU and Cyprus condemn new Turkish drilling off island

Business Jul 9, 2019

EU and Cyprus condemn new Turkish drilling off island

The European Union said on Monday a second attempt by Turkey to drill for oil and gas in waters off Cyprus was an "unacceptable escalation," having warned Ankara to stop its "illegal" activities or face sanctions. "Turkey's declared intention to illegally conduct a new drilling ...

U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East, sources say

World Jun 18, 2019

U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East, sources say

The United States is preparing to send additional troops to the Middle East in response to mounting concerns over Iran, which Washington blames for attacks on oil tankers last week, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials did ...