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Gibraltar now thinking of releasing Iran tanker

Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking …

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Germany willing to participcate in British naval mission

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. RND said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had told the special meeting of …

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Crew of Iranian tanker released

Gibraltar police said on Friday that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge after it was detained last week on suspicion of breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Gibraltar police said earlier on Friday that they had arrested …

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Pragmatic English legal system as a model in Uzbekistan’s FEZ

Free economic zones can be a driving force to attract foreign direct investment and technologies, accelerate the process of industrialization and increase trade in Central Asia. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) says, that, FEZ entities operate on preferential terms and enjoy tax, customs, administrative and financial benefits. As countries develop, …

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Iran could seize British tankers in response

A senior commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards warned on Friday that it would be Tehran’s “duty” to seize a British oil tanker if an Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar was not immediately released. British Royal Marines seized the supertanker Grace 1 on Thursday for trying to take oil to …

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British navy interdict supertanker headed to Syria

British Royal Marines and officials in Gibraltar have detained the supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria, in breach of European Union sanctions, the government of Gibraltar said. In a statement the government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its …

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Turning Point in US Foreign Policy?

By Graham E. Fuller | Is American foreign policy,  so long drifting towards collapse and irrelevance, about to be revolutionized? An article written by veteran journalist Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe today contains exciting news with revolutionary implications for US foreign policy, America’s place in the world, and a …

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British minister headed to Iran to stave off crisis

Britain’s Middle East minister Andrew Murrison will visit Iran on Sunday for “frank and constructive” talks, the Foreign Office said, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington after the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike to retaliate for …

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Sanad Aerotech working with Rolls-Royce

Abu Dhabi’s Sanad Aerotech today announced the conclusion of a landmark agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to become a Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Authorised Maintenance Centre, AMC. Sanad Aerotech is a maintenance, repair and overhaul, MRO, provider for aero engines and industrial gas turbines that is wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company …

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Germany bars Khashoggi suspects from entry

Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, effectively banning them from the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. Monday’s move represents a sharpening of the position of Germany, which last month imposed a ban on …

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Iran’s Rouhani: US headed into isolation after UN meeting

Iran’s president said on Thursday that the U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by President Donald Trump the previous day reflected America’s increasing isolation among the international community. “Nobody backed the United States, putting America into a unique historical and political isolation,” said Hassan Rouhani, speaking to reporters at Tehran’s airport …

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UK minority and ethnic groups slam attempts to silence discourse on Palestine

More than 80 prominent organisations from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Britain published a letter on Friday slamming attempts to silence the discourse on Palestine and suppress information on human rights abuses “here and abroad”. The letter criticises the working definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016 by the International …

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Protests follow President Trump to Scotland

From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against President Donald Trump on Saturday as he played golf at one of his luxury retreats. On the beach outside the resort, a dozen demonstrators staged a “protest picnic,” chanting “Trump is a racist! …

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UK woman dies after nerve agent poisoning

British police say a woman who was exposed to a nerve agent in southern England has died. London’s Metropolitan Police said 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess died Sunday in a hospital in Salisbury. Sturgess had been hospitalized after falling ill on June 30 along with 45-year-old Charlie Rowley. Police say they were …

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Boys aged 12 and 15 gunned down in London

Two boys aged 12 and 15 were gunned down in broad daylight in London on Sunday, the day after another teen was shot dead, police said, as the British capital grapples with a surge in violent crime. London’s Metropolitan Police said the pair were taken to hospitals after officers found …

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Syria monitor: Missile attack kills 26, mostly Iranians

A missile attack targeting government outposts in Syria’s northern region killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a Syria war monitoring group said Monday, amid soaring Mideast tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran. Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by …

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Russian FM says US trying to ‘divide Syria into parts’

Russia’s foreign minister said Saturday the United States is trying to divide Syria. During a meeting with his counterparts from Iran and Turkey, Sergey Lavrov said the recent U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria “seriously aggravated the situation.” He added that statements about supporting the territorial integrity of Syria “are only …

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