Japan's ruling bloc set for upper house majority, may get 2/3: NHK exit poll7/21/2019 2:22:04 PM Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is set to keep a solid majority in Japan's upper house election on Sunday and with allies could seal the two-thirds majority needed to keep alive his dream of revising the pacifist constitution, an NHK exit poll showed.
Japan undecided on response to U.S. plan for Mideast maritime coalition: PM Abe7/21/2019 2:19:52 PM Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he had not yet decided on how to respond to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.
Iran warns UK against escalating tensions, says crew of seized ship safe7/21/2019 2:17:37 PM Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
British warship warned Iranian forces against seizing tanker7/21/2019 2:17:37 PM A British warship radioed an Iranian patrol boat to warn against interfering with the Stena Impero as the oil tanker passed through the Strait of Hormuz, according to a recording obtained by Reuters.
In direct challenge, black-clad protesters deface Beijing's Hong Kong office7/21/2019 2:10:33 PM Thousands of protesters descended on China's representative office in Hong Kong on Sunday, as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city's political masters in Beijing.
UK finance minister to quit over no-deal Brexit if Johnson becomes PM7/21/2019 1:38:18 PM British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became prime minister because he felt unable to support a leader happy to take the country out of the European Union without a deal.
Japan's Abe says upper house election win shows support for constitution debate7/21/2019 1:37:19 PM Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his ruling coalition's solid win in an upper house election on Sunday showed that voters supported debate over his proposal to revise the post-war, pacifist constitution.
Iran's recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans7/21/2019 1:30:16 PM Tensions between Iran and the West have escalated since U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports took full effect in May and British naval forces seized an Iranian supertanker.
Factbox: Strait of Hormuz: the world's most important oil artery7/21/2019 1:22:19 PM Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday, a day ahead of an expected response from the UK which could include fresh sanctions on Tehran or other steps after its seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Iran thanks Saudi Arabia for release of its oil tanker Happiness 1: Fars7/21/2019 12:49:47 PM Iran said on Sunday it appreciated Saudi Arabia's efforts in the return of an Iranian ship that had docked at Jeddah port because of technical problems in May, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.
British Airways suspends flights to Cairo for seven days7/21/2019 12:03:55 PM British Airways and Lufthansa abruptly suspended flights to Cairo from Saturday over security concerns, but giving no details about what may have prompted the move.
Air France, Emirates maintain Cairo flights after British Air suspension7/21/2019 12:03:55 PM Air France , Emirates and Etihad Airways are continuing to operate flights to Cairo after British Airways and Lufthansa suspended services to Egypt's capital.
Iran's Zarif calls for 'prudence and foresight' as tensions mount7/21/2019 11:52:39 AM Iran's top diplomat said on Sunday that only "prudence and foresight" could alleviate tensions between his country and Britain after Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Japan ruling bloc to keep simple majority in upper house, may get 2/3- NHK exit poll7/21/2019 11:29:11 AM Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc will keep a solid majority in parliament's upper house in Sunday's election and has a shot, together with allies, at keeping the two-thirds majority needed to keep his dream of revising the pacifist constitution alive, an NHK exit poll showed.
Factbox: Key facts and numbers to watch in Japanese election7/21/2019 10:53:45 AM Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, the Komeito party, look set to retain a solid majority in parliament's upper house in Sunday's election, media surveys show.
U.S. adviser Bolton travels to Japan, South Korea amid trade dispute7/21/2019 10:20:23 AM U.S. national security adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea, two key allies of Washington that are embroiled in a trade dispute.
Iran says tanker incidents have not impacted its oil exports: SHANA7/21/2019 9:29:31 AM Iran's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, said on Sunday that the country's oil exports had not been impacted so far by the recent tanker incidents in the Gulf.
Britain calls ship seizure 'hostile act' as Iran releases video of capture7/21/2019 9:13:40 AM Britain on Saturday denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a "hostile act" and rejected Tehran's explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident.
Panama says withdrawing flag from tanker towed to Iran, cites violations7/21/2019 9:13:40 AM Panama's maritime authority said on Saturday it had begun the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14.
Britain should not become U.S. 'messengers' over Iran: Labour's Burgon7/21/2019 8:57:05 AM Britain should not become the "messengers" for U.S. President Donald Trump over Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker, Richard Burgon, justice spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, said on Sunday.