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UK says Iran broke word with oil transfer to Syria

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Britain's Foreign Office says it will raise the issue at the United Nations, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warning that it is part of a 'pattern of behavior...designed to disrupt regional security'

GRACE 1. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Gibraltar rejects U.S. demand to detain Iranian oil tanker

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Gibraltar's government says it could not seek a court order to detain the supertanker because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. - Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as U.S. issues warrant

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The US Justice Department alleges the tanker Grace 1 is part of a scheme 'to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps'

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Iran says tanker freed by Gibraltar poised to set sail

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Grace 1 will be renamed and switched to the Iranian flag for its onward journey, an official says

FREED. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Gibraltar orders Iranian tanker release despite U.S. detention bid

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Grace 1 'is no longer subject to detention,' Gibraltar Chief Justice Anthony Dudley says in court

Iran says in touch with Britain over seized tanker

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM

A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of Grace 1 supertanker on Thursday, August 15, when an order for its detention lapses

DETAINED. A British Royal Navy ship (back right) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

U.S. plans Gulf naval escorts after Iranians menace UK oil tanker

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:10 AM

The nominee to become chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said Washington is putting together a coalition 'in terms of providing military escort, naval escort to commercial shipping'

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Iran's Rouhani warns UK of tanker seizure 'consequences'

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani calls the seizure of the tanker 'a foolish act'

WARNING. A British Royal Navy ship (left) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) A senior foreign ministry official describes the UK move as 'unacceptable' in a meeting with the British ambassador, who has been summoned to hear a formal protest

A British Royal Navy ship (L) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

U.S. hails as 'excellent news' detention of tanker loaded with Iranian crude

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton tweets: 'Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace 1 laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions'

A British Royal Navy ship (back R) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. Authorities did not say where the oil came from but specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd's List said the Panamanian-flagged tanker was thought to be transporting crude from Iran. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Spain won't seek to recover Gibraltar in Brexit talks – minister

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:34 AM

Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis: I won t make an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom conditional on recovering sovereignty over Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Rock is pictured from La Linea de la Concepcion near ther southern Spanish city of Cadiz on March 28, 2017. Jorge Guererro/AFP

Spain says no Gibraltar 'red lines' in Brexit

Apr 30, 2017 - 1:20 AM

EU leaders granted Madrid a veto over any future deal with Britain that would involve ithe territory in the recently released EU 27 guidelines on Brexit

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Marcos Moreno/AFP/File

Gibraltar: A Brexit negotiating weapon for Madrid, EU

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Tensions over the territory have ebbed and flowed over the years but they spiked again due to a clause in the EU s position in upcoming Brexit negotiations

'THE ROCK.' The Gibraltar Rock is pictured from La Linea de la Concepcion near ther southern Spanish city of Cadiz on March 28, 2017. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

'Gibraltar not for sale', says Britain's Johnson

Apr 02, 2017 - 9:24 AM

British foreign minister Boris Johnson stresses Gibraltar will not be bargained away during Brexit negotiations

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Marcos Moreno/AFP/File

Sturgeon to visit Brussels to defend Scotland's EU place

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:49 AM

UPDATED Sturgeon says she is utterly determined to protect Scotland as she obtained a formal mandate for direct talks with the European Union institutions at an emergency session of the Scottish parliament

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, June 25, 2016. Jane Barlow/EPA

Brexit: Spain says 'closer to' controlling Gibraltar

Jun 24, 2016 - 6:18 PM

The tiny rocky outcrop on Spain s southern tip has long been the subject of an acrimonious sovereignty row between London and Madrid

CONTESTED ROCK. People walk in Gibraltar close to the border with Spain on 12 August 2013. Spain has decried British ‘interference’ in an ongoing territorial dispute. Photo by Carrasco Ragel/EPA

Panama Papers law firm closes Jersey, Gibraltar offices

May 28, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Mossack Fonseca says the office closures are part of a strategy to consolidate our service office network

Strong quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain – USGS

Jan 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED The shallow quake hit at 4:22 am local time 0422 GMT 62 kilometers 39 miles north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 164 kilometers east southeast of Gibraltar

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:26 PM

The number of Africans risking their lives on dinghies has surged officials say – many searching for refuge from war and oppression or in the simple hope of achieving a better life

RESCUED. A sub-Saharan migrant gestures after the arrival of a Spanish rescue boat, at Tarifa port, southern Spain, 12 August 2014. A. Carrasco Ragel/EPA

Fowl play: Neanderthals were first bird eaters

Aug 09, 2014 - 10:30 AM

The study suggests that the doves found in a cave in Gibraltar may have been butchered and then roasted – the first evidence of hominids eating birds

EVOLUTION. A visitor looks at 'El Neandertal Emplumado,' a scientificly based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO

Spain hits British 'interference' in Gibraltar sea row

Jul 18, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Spain and Britain have been at loggerheads over the contested British territory of Gibraltar

CONTESTED ROCK. People walk in Gibraltar close to the border with Spain on 12 August 2013. Spain has decried British ‘interference’ in an ongoing territorial dispute. Photo by Carrasco Ragel/EPA

Britain reviews naval presence in Gibraltar after standoff

Nov 21, 2013 - 9:19 AM

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds said he wanted to de escalate the situation but would not put up with bullying and intimidation of the British territory

THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP/Marcos Moreno

Britain marks Gibraltar Day with message of support

Sep 10, 2013 - 7:56 AM

UK s Cameron also insisted that any solution to the recent row between Spain and Britain over the outpost would be achieved through diplomacy not rhetoric

Gibraltar still strategic asset for Britain - analysts

Aug 18, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Experts: Britain is determined to keep Gibraltar for communications and intelligence reasons and to monitor traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar

THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP/Marcos Moreno

Spain considers taking Gibraltar dispute to UN

Aug 12, 2013 - 7:50 PM

Spain considers taking its row with Britain over Gibraltar to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice

UK mulls legal action against Spain over Gibraltar

Aug 12, 2013 - 7:42 PM

The British government is considering taking legal action against Spain over border checks imposed at the border with Gibraltar

Rajoy vows 'all necessary measures' to protect Gibraltar interests

Aug 10, 2013 - 10:46 AM

Increasingly stringent car searches by Spanish border guards have irked Gibraltar a British territory

BORDER QUEUE. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP / Marcos Moreno

Britain's Cameron warns Spain's Rajoy over Gibraltar spat

Aug 08, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Gibraltar has accused Spain of deliberately creating border hold ups in retaliation for the tiny British overseas territory dumping concrete blocks in the sea to create an artificial reef

BORDER QUEUE. Motorists queue at the border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar in La Linea de la Concepcion on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP / Marcos Moreno