Diplomacy

FILE - In this Thursday, July 4, 2019 file photo, a Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside the Grace 1 super tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar. Taken on its own, Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may seem like a brazen act of aggression, a provocative poke in the nose to both Britain and its chief ally, the United States. But Iran seems to view the armed takeover of the Stena Impero as a carefully calibrated response to the July 4 taking of an Iranian supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar, an operation in which Britain’s Royal Marines played a major role. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno, File)
July 20, 2019 - 9:10 am
LONDON (AP) — Taken on its own, Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may seem like a brazen act of aggression, a provocative poke in the nose to both Britain and its ally, the United States. But Iran seems to view the armed takeover of the Stena Impero as a...
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Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, speaks to the media after meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan Pyo, at foreign ministry in Tokyo Friday, July 19, 2019. Japan has summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest Seoul's refusal to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II labor. (Masanobu Kumagai/Kyodo News via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 11:17 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tokyo will take "necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed in an escalating dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries and U.S. allies are quarreling over South Korean court decisions...
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In this undated photo issued Friday July 19, 2019, by Stena Bulk, showing the British oil tanker Stena Impero at unknown location, which is believed to have been captured by Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced on their website Friday July 19, 2019, it has seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest provocation in a strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint in the tensions between Tehran and the West. (Stena Bulk via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 7:34 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 4 a.m. Energy 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...
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CORRECTS NAME OF SPOKESMAN - In this image from video, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a media briefing which he commented on investigations into Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun in Beijing Thursday, July 18, 2019. Yang who has been detained in Beijing since January was charged on Thursday and moved to a different detention center in the Chinese capital, his lawyer said. (AP Photo)
July 19, 2019 - 4:29 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese-Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing six months after he was taken into custody at a Chinese airport. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that China...
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July 18, 2019 - 10:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country's mission to the Palestinian territories had "liked" anti-Israel tweets. The comments came after top-selling Bild newspaper reported that the "likes...
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second from right, shakes hands with Hwang Kyo-ahn, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party chairman, during a meeting with ruling and opposition party leaders to talk about an ongoing South Korea-Japan trade conflict at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 10:22 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties' leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in...
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July 17, 2019 - 8:38 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Visiting officials, Iranian diplomats posted at the country's U.N. mission and their families now can now travel only among Kennedy...
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This image posted by RUDAW Facebook TV, an Irbil-based Kurdish broadcaster, shows broken glass shows in the window of a restaurant that was the scene of a shooting, in Irbil, Iraq, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Turkey's state-run news agency says a Turkish diplomat working at Ankara's consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil was killed during a shooting attack inside the restaurant there. (RUDAW Facebook TV via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 2:25 pm
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Unknown gunmen opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate and one Iraqi civilian, Turkish officials and Kurdish security forces said. The rare shooting in...
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Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, right, and Sudan's pro-democracy movement leader Ahmad al-Rabiah shake hands after signing a power sharing document in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Hjaj)
July 17, 2019 - 11:08 am
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Mohamed Alhakim at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Baghdad, Iraq. Zarif for the first time suggested his country's ballistic missile program could be on the table for negotiations with the U.S. - if America stops selling arms to its Gulf allies in the Mideast, Monday night, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
July 17, 2019 - 8:45 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that reflect more backtracking after a remark by the top diplomat suggesting the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in...
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