Iraqi Kurdish energy minister Hawrami moved to advisory role in new cabinet7/21/2019 2:52:55 PM Long-serving Iraqi Kurdish natural resources minister, Ashti Hawrami, will take up an advisory role of Assistant Prime Minister for Energy Affairs in Prime Minister Masrour Barazani's newly-formed cabinet, Kurdish lawmakers said on Sunday.
Iran warns UK against escalating tensions, says crew of seized ship safe7/21/2019 2:50:46 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.
Stena Bulk has asked to visit crew of seized tanker7/21/2019 2:49:59 PM Stena Bulk, the British operator of a tanker seized by Iran, has made a formal request to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero and is awaiting a formal response, it said on Sunday.
Seizure of British-flagged tanker 'clear violation of international law': UK Chamber of Shipping7/21/2019 2:49:23 PM The seizure of a British flagged tanker by Iran is in "clear violation of international law" because it was in Omani waters, the head of the UK Chamber of Shipping said on Sunday.
Japan's ruling bloc set for upper house majority, may get 2/3: NHK exit poll7/21/2019 2:47:34 PM Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in Japan's upper house election on Sunday, but it was uncertain whether the coalition and other allies could seal the two-thirds majority needed to keep alive his dream of revising the pacifist constitution, exit polls and media projections showed.
In direct challenge, black-clad protesters deface Beijing's Hong Kong office7/21/2019 2:46:41 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.
Hong Kong police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in fresh wave of clashes7/21/2019 2:46:05 PM Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters late on Sunday in the latest wave of violence to roil the financial center, hours after a largely peaceful rally against a now-suspended extradition bill that has plunged the city into chaos.
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.
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.
Zelenskiy seeks broader mandate as Ukraine holds snap parliament election7/21/2019 2:16:26 PM Ukrainians voted in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that is expected to strengthen President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's hold on power, handing the novice politician a broader mandate for driving change in a nation at war.
Police launch investigation as wildfire sweeps central Portugal7/21/2019 2:13:25 PM More than 800 firefighters battled a wildfire sweeping across central Portugal on Sunday, after bringing under control two other blazes which left 20 people injured and prompted authorities to partially evacuate a village.
Polish police detain 25 after attacks on equality march7/21/2019 2:00:07 PM Police have detained 25 people in Bialystok, eastern Poland, after attacks on those taking part in the city's first equality march amid accusations that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party benefits from fuelling anti-gay sentiment.
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.
Sink-or-swim showdown beckons for Italy's fractious coalition7/21/2019 1:35:06 PM Italy's fractious coalition partners are gearing up for a showdown this week that is likely to determine if the government will collapse, triggering autumn elections, or survive to the end of the year.
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.
Drone strike near Tripoli kills seven fighters loyal to Haftar: military source7/21/2019 12:28:10 PM At least seven fighters loyal to Libyan National Army (LNA) forces commanded by Khalifa Haftar were killed overnight in a drone strike in southern Tripoli, a military source said.
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.