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Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:  says the Royal Marine’s seizure of Grace 1 is “piracy”.  Photograph: Manaure Quintero/Reuters

Dramatic images of armed and masked Iranian Revolutionary Guard commandos rappelling from a helicopter on to the deck of a British-flagged oil tanker (...)

A SH-60 Sea Hawk flies over the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer during a vertical replenishment-at-sea, Arabian Sea off Oman, last week. Photograph: Keypher Strombeck/US Navy/Handout via Reuters

Iran and the west are sliding towards a full-scale military confrontation in the Persian Gulf, one captured oil tanker at a time. That would be a cala(...)

Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at Bandar Abbas port on Sunday after its seizure by Iran. Photograph:  Mizan News Agency/via Reuters

US president Donald Trump dismissed as “totally false” reports that Iran had arrested 17 of its nationals who were allegedly employed by the CIA, in t(...)

A helicopter hovers over the Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz: The government has been criticised by a former Royal Navy chief and a leading Conservative MP for failing to take measures to prevent the tanker being seized. Photograph:  Wana/Reuters

A UK defence minister has rejected claims that the government had “taken its eye off the ball” by allowing a British-flagged tanker to be captured by (...)

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will unveil the diplomatic and economic measures on Monday in response to the apprehension and detention of the Stena Imperto. Photograph: Stena Bulk/PA Wire

Iran on Sunday urged Britain to contain “domestic political forces” intent on escalating tensions between the two countries following Iran’s seizure o(...)

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard troop member rapels to British-flagged tanker Stena Impero’s deck from a helicopter near the Strait of Hormuz on  July 19th. Photograph: Pool via WANA/Reuters TV/Reuters

Britain denounced the Iranian seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a “hostile act” on Saturday, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that (...)

 The US government has imposed sanctions on three top Hizbullah leaders over reported connection with Iran’s revolutionary guards. Photograph: EPA/Nabil Mounzer

US sanctions imposed on Iran are targeting Syrians and Lebanese as well as Iranians, while Iraqis struggle under US political pressure. Washington’s g(...)

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif,  at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Kena BetancurAFP/Getty Images

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said it had seized a foreign vessel near the strategic Strait of Hormuz and detained its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel(...)

The Panama registered Grace 1 tanker after British Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in the Gibraltar Strait. Photograph: Ministry of Defence/RAF/EPA

Gibraltar said on Friday it had obtained an order extending the detention of the Iranian Grace I supertanker by 14 days because there were grounds to (...)

The oil tanker Grace 1 is seen near the coast of La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, southern Spain, on Thursday after it was seized in Gibraltar. Photograph: A Carrasco Ragel/EPA

British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dram(...)

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