Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked Iran for their solidarity as the first of five tankers loaded with gasoline reached Venezuelan waters.
US Navy warns it will take "lawful defensive measures" against vessels in Mideast that come within 100 metres of its warships.
With both countries heavily sanctioned by the US, neither seem to have anything to lose by angering the US further.
Coastal police with tugboats prevent maritime accident by taking control of drifting Greek-registered oil tanker that suffered engine failure on its way to Black Sea.
The five Greeks, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian were part of a 28-member crew aboard the Happy Lady in the port of Limbe, near the economic capital Douala, the ministry said in a statement
Energy stocks booked the largest gains in Europe after crude oil prices jumped at least $1 per barrel, on concern that Iran's seizure of a British tanker last week may lead to disruptions in the Middle East.
British Airways and Lufthansa abruptly suspended flights to Cairo from Saturday citing security concerns but give no details about what may have prompted the move.
Authorities in Gibraltar intercepted the Iranian supertanker which was believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran's crude oil to Syria.
Explosive experts from US Navy say mine used in the attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman bears a "striking resemblance" to Iranian mines. Iran has denied involvement.
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman says the incidents near the coast of Fujairah are "worrisome and dreadful" and calls for an investigation into the matter.
Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, as impoverished people risk their lives to collect fuel leaking from pipelines or trucks.
The expulsion of the Islamic republic from the global financial markets doesn’t mean there are no takers for its oil prices, at a discounted rate.
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