US raises ship offer to Greece as frigate deal between Athens and Paris had until the end of 2021 to reach a final agreement.
The incident at the opening of the Strait of Hormuz – one of the world's busiest waterways – comes days after an attack on an Israeli-linked tanker bound for the UAE.
The attack on the Mercer Street is the first known fatal strike on commercial shipping in the region after years of tensions over the tattered nuclear deal between western nations and Iran.
Ecologists believe their deaths were caused by fire and hazardous leaks from chemical-laden MV X-Press Pearl vessel that burned for 13 days off Colombo's coast.
MV X-Press Pearl burnt for 13 days, inundating the island’s beaches with plastic pellets, causing environmentalists to fear an oil spill could cause even greater degradation to fragile marine life.
A US official reportedly said that Israel had informed Washington it had struck the vessel in "retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels".
The Liberian-flagged Mozart ship had been en route from Nigeria's Lagos to Cape Town in South Africa when 15 Turkish crew members were kidnapped.
Under the operation, a German frigate illegally stopped and searched a private Turkish-flagged ship carrying humanitarian aid to Libya, drawing condemnations from Turkey.
Japanese coast guard has rescued one crew member so far off the cargo ship that capsized with 43 crew members and 5,800 cows on board en route to Tangshan on China’s eastern coast.
Japan’s coast guard is searching for a livestock ship carrying 42 crew members and 5,800 cows that a survivor says sunk off the coast of a southern Japanese island.
Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato earlier voiced worries that the rising infection count among the nation's general population could mean the virus's spread has entered a new phase.
A classified report written by France's DRM military intelligence agency and published by investigative website Disclose in April said French arms were being used against civilians in the Yemen conflict.
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