A top U.S. military commander said on Thursday Washington would work "aggressively" to find a solution to enable free passage for shipping in the crucial Strait of Hormuz.
Just hours later, Iranian state TV reported that Tehran had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf.
The Revolutionary Guards said the impounded vessel - which it has not yet named - was towed after it sent a distress call.
The U.S. blamed a series of recent attacks on fuel tankers on Iran.
Iran denies involvement, but has threatened to respond to new U.S. sanctions, imposed after President Donald Trump quit a landmark 2015 nuclear treaty which restricted Tehran's uranium enrichment.
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Boxer, on patrol in the Arabian Sea, part of an increased American military presence and is asking allies to help protect the strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDING OFFICER OF 11TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT, COLONEL FRIDRIK FRIDRIKSON, SAYING: "Our mission is the same, it does not change, which is to promote security in the region, assure allies and certainly ensure the free flow of commerce throughout the straits and anywhere else." The amphibious assault ship carries not only Harrier fighter jets but an array of ground troops.
Three hovercraft, each loaded with three Light Armoured Vehicles, stand ready to launch, with trucks, Humvees and other gear lined up behind.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, says Gulf Arab states have stepped up patrols as well.
[NFA] President Donald Trump will begin his July Fourth celebrations with a trip to Mount Rushmore on Friday despite concerns about gathering a large crowd during the novel coronavirus pandemic and criticism from Native Americans about the visit. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a bid by President Donald Trump's administration to avoid disclosing to the House Judiciary Committee grand jury materials related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report documenting Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but justices likely won't rule on the case until after the Nov. 3 election. Colette Luke has more.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency. Edward Baran reports.
The lead vessel of a five-tanker flotilla carrying fuel supplied by Iran to gasoline-thirsty Venezuela neared one of its state-run ports as President Nicolas Maduro thanked Tehran on Sunday. Libby Hogan reports.
Briefing about the weather conditions in northwest India, Head of Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre, Rajendra Kumar Jenamani informed that rainfall will reduce by next 24 hours and temperature will rise in Northwest India. "Rainfall will reduce by the next 24 hours and temperature will start rising in northwest India, particularly in Delhi and there will be no rain till June 11. From June 12, fresh rain is likely to start again in northwest India due to easterly winds," said Rajendra Kumar Jenamani, IMD. "In Mumbai and Kerala, rainfall is likely to increase from June 8 or June 9 due to formation of a new low-pressure system over the east-central Arabian sea," he added.
Depression has intensified into deep depression over east-central Arabian sea. It is likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm. While speaking to media on cyclone Nisarga, a scientist of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Naga Ratna said, "The present weather conditions indicate that depression lies over east central and its adjoining areas of south east Arabian Sea and the system is moving northwards." "It is lying over 360 km south west of Panjim, 670 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 900 km of south-southwest of Surat," she added.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray on May 31 requested fishermen to avoid fishing in the sea for next 3-4 days as cyclone is expected to hit the Arabian Sea. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that a low-pressure area has been formed near southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep. Maharashtra CM also thanked Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for arranging trains for migrants. Nearly 11 lakh migrants have returned to their homes by 800 trains, said Thackeray in his press conference.
The Director General of India Meteorological Department, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra informed that a low-pressure area has been formed near southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep on May 31. IMD has predicted that it'll transform into depression tomorrow (June 01) and into cyclonic storm day after. "A low-pressure area formed near southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep today. We're expecting that it'll transform into depression tomorrow and into cyclonic storm day after. It'll move towards north and reach near Gujarat and north Maharashtra coast by evening of June 3," said Mohapatra while talking to ANI.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had informed that the south west monsoon will arrive in Kerala by June 1st week. Following which, Kerala government had announced the ban on fishing of Kerala coast and in south east Arabian sea. Boat owners request the government to reduce the time period of fishing ban and also seek financial support. Amid coronavirus-induced lockdown, boats at Vypin harbour and Vypin-Munambam area are in derelict from last 65 days. Employers and employees in the fisheries sector have been hit badly.
Several Indian passengers who are coming back to India from Bahrain thanked Indian Government and Indian Embassy for arrangement of repatriation flights for their return. A special flight of Air India Express will bring them back to Kochi in India. Air India Express IX 1474 departed for Kochi with total 180 passengers and 7 infants on board. The stranded Indian nationals across the globe are being brought back to their home country under Centre's Vande Bharat Mission.
The 127 Indian nationals who arrived at Cochin International Airport, from Bahrain by a special Gulf Air flight have been quarantined at a School for Naval Airmen (SFNA). The deportees were brought from airport by special KSRTC buses under the aegis of district administration and handed over to naval authorities at naval base, Kochi. As per the directives of Government of India, the deportees were to be initially quarantined in a Military base - at Kochi Naval Base, where they would be regularly monitored by trained naval health professionals. After the mandatory 14 days quarantine period, the deportees would be handed over to care of state agencies for their further transfer to their home stations. The Navy's quarantine facility at Kochi with a 200 bed capacity was set up on March 20 and has been serving as a transit quarantine camp for naval personnel returning to Kochi for duty after leave. The camp is being managed by trained naval doctors and personnel from the Southern Naval Command. The stranded Indian nationals across globe are being brought back to their home country under Centre's Vande Bharat Mission.
United Kingdom reacted to Iran's move of sezing a UK ship. UK Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt called Tehran's actions "totally unacceptable". Iran seized a UK-flagged ship in the Strait of Hormuz on July..
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