By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: July 12, 2019 at 5:39 am | UPDATED: July 12, 2019 at 5:40 am By NASSER KARIMI and DAVID RISING TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a “dangerous game” and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran’s Foreign Ministry came the day after police in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain, said they arrested the captain and chief officer of the supertanker suspected of breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Iranian state news agency IRNA that “the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest.” “This is a dangerous game and has … [Read more...] about Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
Associated Press Published 12:55 PM EST Dec 28, 2018 Beirut – Syria’s military said Friday it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Syria. American troops who still patrol the town and Turkey denied there was any change of forces in the contested area. The Syrian announcement and the conflicting reports reflected the potential for chaos in the wake of last week’s surprise pronouncement by the United States that it was withdrawing its troops from Syria. Since the U.S. decision, there has been a buildup of forces around Manbij and further east, ushering in new alliances and raising the chances of friction. The Kurds’ invitation to Syrian troops is a sign that, faced with the prospect of being overwhelmed by their top rival Turkey, they’d rather Syria’s Russian- and … [Read more...] about Syria claims it has entered a disputed Kurdish-held town
Griff Witte and Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post Published 5:30 am PST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Defense Secretary James Mattis observes an honor guard in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Defense Secretary James Mattis observes an honor guard in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Tomohiro Ohsumi. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Tomohiro Ohsumi. Image 1 of / 30 Caption Close Image 1 of 30 Defense Secretary James Mattis observes an honor guard in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Defense Secretary James Mattis observes an honor guard in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Tomohiro Ohsumi. 'A morning of alarm': Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad 1 / 30 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about ‘A morning of alarm’: Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad
Robert Burns and Lolita Baldor, Associated Press Updated 10:42 pm PST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confer prior to a news conference to say they are disagreeing with President Donald Trump's sudden decision to pull all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. less Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confer prior to a news conference to say they are disagreeing with President Donald Trump's sudden ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., left, and Sen. … [Read more...] about Syria exit has Pentagon scrambling amid withdrawal outrage