Iran says it has captured a British oil
Iran says it has captured a British oil tanker: Live updates CNNIran's Revolutionary Guard seizes two UK-operated tankers in Strait of Hormuz Fox NewsIran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake USA TODAYJim Hanson: US downing of Iranian drone is a warning to stop aggression and support for terrorism Fox NewsTrump Says He’ll Work With U.K. on Response to Tanker Seizure BloombergView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 2:08 pm
Trump campaign and RNC spend more than
Trump campaign and RNC spend more than $600,000 on law firm representing Hope Hicks CNNDems ask whether DOJ memo prevented prosecuting Trump for hush payments POLITICOCummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe | TheHill The HillWhat the latest Stormy Daniels revelations tell us about future Trump scandals The Washington PostEx-Trump aide Hicks denies involvement in hush money talks: lawyer ReutersView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 1:09 pm
2019 British Open leaderboard breakdown:
2019 British Open leaderboard breakdown: Coverage, scores as stars lurk behind Holmes, Lowry CBS SportsShane Lowry blames TV commentator for late wobble at The Open as he shares lead with JB Holmes The SunBritish Open 2019: J.B. Holmes, Shane Lowry share 36-hole lead at Royal Portrush Golf.com2019 British Open leaderboard breakdown: Coverage, scores as J.B. Holmes starts on top in Round 1 CBS SportsThe Open 2019 leader JB Holmes still has piece of his skull at home as reminder of brain op which puts golf The SunView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 1:09 pm
Review: 'The Lion King' does not reign
Review: 'The Lion King' does not reign supreme KSL.com'The Lion King' could seal Disney's reign over the box office CNNThe ‘Lion King’ Remake Exists. But Why? The RingerIs Disney’s new Lion King remake live-action or animated? Vox.comThe Lion King Is the Latest Disney Remake That Can’t Grasp “Hakuna Matata” GQView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 1:04 pm
Magazine to give out 'LGBT-free zone'
Magazine to give out 'LGBT-free zone' stickers to readers CNNPolish towns advocate ‘LGBT-free zones’ while the ruling party cheers them on The Washington Post'LGBT-Free Zone' Push in Poland Draws Fire From U.S. Ambassador BloombergConservative Polish newspaper issues ‘LGBT-free zone’ stickers New York Daily NewsPolish newspaper to hand out ‘LGBT-free zone’ stickers The IndependentView full coverage on Google News
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 1:01 pm
Mueller probe witness now faces child sex
A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, 60, with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington, D.C., in February 2000 and engaging in sex acts with him. It details his efforts to serve as liaison between a Russian banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of President Donald Trump's transition team.
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 12:04 pm
Murderer deemed too old for prison released
Albert Flick first landed in prison in 1979, when he was found guilty of stabbing his wife to death in front of her young daughter. Now, the 77-year-old, who a judge previously deemed too old to pose a threat, has been sentenced to prison again for a nearly identical crime.
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 11:50 am
British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in
A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday night and was heading towards a Revolutionary Guard base, in a major escalation of tensions along one of the world's most vital oil shipping routes. The Stena Impero had been en route to Saudi Arabia but made an abrupt change of course and began moving towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, according to data relayed by maritime tracking services. The ship “went dark”, meaning its identification system was turned off, at 16:29 UK time and nothing has been heard from her or her 23 crew since. Northern Marine, a Clyde-based subsidiary of the ship's Swedish owner Stena AB, confirmed that a “hostile action” had preceded the vessel's change of course on Friday afternoon. They issued a statement saying it had been “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters.” The ship turned suddenly into Iranian waters Credit: marinetraffic.com/PA Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that they stopped the tanker at the request of the maritime authority in the Iranian province of Hormozgan on suspicion it has "violated international maritime law", but did not elaborate. There were also concerns about a second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, which turned sharply north towards Iran's coast, about 40 minutes after the Stena Impero's course shift. Another tanker seized by Iran. Mesdar. Two in 3 hours. pic.twitter.com/tkX4qoliR7— AskWhy (@BonislawskiM) July 19, 2019 There was no immediate word from the Guards about the second tanker or from the operator of the second tanker on what had prompted the change in direction along the vital international oil shipping route. Tracking data showed the Stena Impero was in the same area where a United Arab Emirates-based vessel was detained on Sunday and where a British vessel, the British Heritage, was blocked by Iranian forces earlier this month. A Cobra meeting was held between officials from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence and other Government departments on Friday night to determine the UK's response. A Whitehall source told the Telegraph of the Stena Impero: "It does look like it has been hijacked. Ships don't follow that pattern. It turned right and straight into Iranian waters. It is really concerning that this has happened. "It looks on the face of it as though the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have boarded and taken a UK-flagged ship. It appears to be linked to events around the Grace 1 tanker." British authorities seized the Iranian Grace 1 supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, on suspicion it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. The fate of the tanker has been at the centre of escalating tensions between the UK and Iran and seen as a pawn in the standoff between the Islamic Republic and the West. Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, had hinted last Saturday that the UK would release the ship if Iran promised its cargo would not go to the Syrian regime. He said talks between him and counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif had been productive. However, a court in Gibraltar on Friday extended for 30 days the detention of the vessel, which was carrying two million barrels of oil. Revolutionary Guards have been threatening retaliation for its impounding and the move would likely have aggravated an already-tense situation. Tensions have been building for weeks in the Persian Gulf. On 10 July, a British warship, the HMS Montrose, intervened to drive three Iranian military vessels that were attempting to divert the British Heritage. Iran seized a Panama-flagged ship on Sunday, it alleges, for “smuggling oil to foreign countries". However, mystery has surrounded the capture as no country has come forward to claim the ship or its cargo. The vessel, however, was only carrying a very small amount and it had been thought Iran had seized it as merely a show of strength. The US then on Thursday claimed to have downed an Iranian drone that had been flying too close to one of its navy ships. The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault craft, destroyed the drone after it came within 1,000 yards in the Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance to the Gulf However, Iran denied the claims and released footage on state TV to proof it was still in possession of the drone. The latest incidents will only increase fears for security along the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost one-fifth of the world's oil passes. Oil prices rose on Friday night in reaction to the news. After one of the worst performing weeks since May, oil started the day firmer but slipped as the US and Iran continued to trade brickbats. The later rise initially still left it well down on the previous week. Oil was down more than 8pc this week overall when markets in London closed. Iran has threatened to close the Strait if it cannot export its oil. The Trump administration is trying to block Iran's exports as a way to pressure it to renegotiate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal it abandoned last year. The UK, which is understood to have seized the Grace 1 after a request from the US, is trying - alongside the EU - to keep the accord alive, believing it is the best chance to stop Tehran acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 11:07 am
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Posted on 19 July 2019 | 9:30 am
Dozens of whales wash up on Icelandic beach
Dozens of beached whales have been discovered on a secluded stretch of sand in west Iceland where people rarely tread. The eerie photographs show what appears to be around 20 pilot whales, partially buried in the sand and rotting on Löngufjörur beach. A pilot from Reykjavík took the photographs while ferrying American tourists around the island. The morbid discovery was only made this week by air as the area is inaccessible by car and has few visitors, except the occasional hiker. Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir, a marine biologist and whale specialist, told local news website Iceland Monitor that it was hard to confirm when the mammals washed up on the beach. “The most important thing to look at is that these are deep-sea whales, common at the continental margin,” she said. “They mainly feed on squid, which is why they’re good at diving deep. When they enter shallow waters, most of them have a tendency to become disoriented. They use echolocation for orientation, for finding one another, estimating the depth, and so on. "But a sloping, sandy bottom appears to increase their disorientation. There are numerous examples of them having beached where there is such a sandy, sloping bottom.” She added that pilot whales tend to swim in close-knit groups, which increases the risk of a large number being beached at once. It comes after 145 pilot whales were found stranded on an island in New Zealand, of which half were already dead. The other half had to be put down.
Posted on 19 July 2019 | 9:07 am