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US, UK will 'regret' seizing tanker off Gibraltar: Iran Guards

US, UK will 'regret' seizing tanker off Gibraltar: Iran GuardsIran’s Revolutionary Guards said Thursday that the United States and Britain will “strongly regret” the seizure of a tanker off Gibraltar, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. “If the enemy had made the smallest assessment they wouldn’t have done this act,” said Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi, deputy commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, referring to the seizure of an oil tanker late last week by Gibraltar’s police aided by British Royal Marines.



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Iran's Military Vows Retaliation for U.K. Seizing Oil Tanker

Iran's Military Vows Retaliation for U.K. Seizing Oil Tanker(Bloomberg) — Iran’s military vowed to retaliate against the seizure by British Royal Marines of an oil tanker loaded with the Islamic Republic’s crude off the coast of Gibraltar last week.“It will be reciprocated, at a suitable time and in a suitable place,” Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff for Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.The warning highlights mounting risks to shipping in a region that exports about a third of all seaborne petroleum. BP Plc is keeping an oil carrier empty inside the Persian Gulf, close to Saudi Arabia, rather than risk its seizure by Iran, a person familiar with the matter said Monday. Six tankers have been attacked since early May, with the U.S. blaming Iran for the incidents, a charge Tehran denies.The tanker seized by Gibraltar with the help of Royal Marines — the Grace 1 — was arrested on the grounds it was taking crude to a sanctioned Syrian company, according to the British overseas territory on Spain’s southern tip. Iran said the tanker was in international waters, not headed to Syria, and described the U.K.’s actions as piracy.Insurance costs soared in the aftermath of the tanker attacks and some owners initially became wary of sailing to the region.Tensions escalated since the U.S. exited an international nuclear accord with Iran then resumed — and escalated — sanctions against nation. The Persian Gulf country has responded by suspending some of its commitments as part of the accord not to develop nuclear activities that it says are for are civilian purposes.(Updates with context about BP oil tanker in third paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Alaric Nightingale, Brian WingfieldFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman

U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswomanThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.



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Media watchdogs fret over seizing of reporter records in US probe

Media watchdogs fret over seizing of reporter records in US probeMedia watchdog groups expressed alarm Friday over the seizing of a journalist’s records as part of a probe into intelligence leaks resulting in the indictment of a congressional staffer. The Justice Department late Thursday announced the indictment of James Wolfe, 57, on three counts of making false statements about his contacts with three reporters.



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NRA's Loesch rips Trump's idea of seizing guns without 'due process'

NRA's Loesch rips Trump's idea of seizing guns without 'due process'National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch criticized on Thursday President Trump’s suggestion that law enforcement ought to take away guns from mentally ill people “first,” and “go through due process second.”



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Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing powerFollowing is the text of an address made by Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, on national television after the military seized power: “Following the address we made on November 13, 2017, which we believe our main broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and The Herald were directed not to publicize, the situation in our country has moved to another level. Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and commander-in-chief of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Comrade RG Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.



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Man Shot Dead in Paris Airport After Seizing Soldier’s Weapon: French Officials

Man Shot Dead in Paris Airport After Seizing Soldier’s Weapon: French OfficialsPolice say Ziad Ben Belgacem in the last hours of his life shot and injured a police officer, hijacked a car and for a few terror-filled minutes held a soldier hostage at Paris' Orly Airport.



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