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The Latest: Algeria: Tanker was forced into Iran watersThe Algerian state oil and gas company Sonatrach says that the Iranian coast guard forced one of its tankers to head into Iranian waters before a confrontation ended
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A British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized by the Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday is photographed in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Saturday, July 20, 2019. The chairman of Britain's House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee says military action to free the oil tanker seized by Iran would not be a good choice. Tom Tugendhat said Saturday it would be "extremely unwise" to seek a military solution to the escalating crisis, especially because the vessel has apparently been taken to a well-protected port. (Tasnim News Agency/via AP)
Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' moveIran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday
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Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for TripoliCommander of self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to joint its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.-backed government based there
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Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation north of BaghdadIraq's military says its troops are partnering with security agencies and paramilitary forces to clear remnants of the Islamic State group, targeting north of Baghdad and surrounding areas
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Britain's Transport Secretary Chris Grayling arrives at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, London, Friday, July 19, 2019, ahead of an emergency Cobra meeting which has been called after British oil tanker Stena Impero was seized in the Strait of Hormuz. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalationIran has seized a British-flagged oil tanker and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions with the West
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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with a group of clerics, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Khamenei said Tuesday his country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil. The vessel was seized with the help of British Royal Marines earlier this month off Gibraltar. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
The Latest: Gulf incidents rattle shipping industryEnergy experts say recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, could reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway
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Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economyAs Lebanese crisis deepens, so does public distrust in political class, widely seen as corrupt, steeped in rivalries
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Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slumpLebanese lawmakers ratify a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters attempting to breach the parliament security zone
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Operator of oil tanker says it's unable to contact ship approached by helicopters and vessels in Strait of Hormuz.Operator of oil tanker says it's unable to contact ship approached by helicopters and vessels in Strait of Hormuz.
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has seized British oil tanker in Strait of HormuzIran's Revolutionary Guard says it has seized British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz
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Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern IraqIraqi security officials say an unmanned drone has dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq, wounding two people
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard releases video it claims proves U.S. warship didn't destroy Iranian drone near Persian Gulf.Iran's Revolutionary Guard releases video it claims proves U.S. warship didn't destroy Iranian drone near Persian Gulf.
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Egypt: At least 20 killed in airstrikes in northern SinaiEgyptian security officials say airstrikes targeting Islamic militants are underway in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 20 insurgents
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Sudanese opposition seeks postponement in deal with militarySudanese pro-democracy movement seeks delay in signing of second part of power-sharing deal with military
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Tripoli parliament warns of airstrikes by Hifter's alliesLibya's parliament based in the west says it has gathered intelligence warning of the use of possible airstrikes on Tripoli by allies of commander Khalifa Hifter
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