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Oil from sunken Iranian tanker diffusing in East China Sea


BEIJING Oil from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea has diffused into four separate slicks, covering a combined area of just over 100 square kms (39 square miles), Chinese authorities said late on Wednesday.


Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea - China 17 Jan 2018

BEIJING An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck.

Elderly American-Iranian jailed in Iran hospitalised with heart problems - lawyer 17 Jan 2018

BEIRUT An 81-year old American-Iranian imprisoned in Iran, Baquer Namazi, was hospitalised earlier this week due to a drop in blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his lawyer said on Wednesday.


U.N. chief says don't harm Iran nuclear deal over unrelated issues 17 Jan 2018

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that any issues not directly related to the Iran nuclear deal "should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement," his spokesman said amid U.S. concerns with Tehran.


Police search offices of Belgian company supplying passports to Africa 17 Jan 2018

BRUSSELS/NAIROBI Police on Wednesday searched the headquarters of Belgian company Semlex, which supplies passports to various African countries, and the home of its CEO, Albert Karaziwan. About a dozen officers arrived at Semlex's office in Brussels and at Karaziwan's house in the city early in the morning. By early afternoon, the search was still continuing.


Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to put pressure on Russia and Iran 16 Jan 2018

LONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end Syria's civil war, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Monday.


Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war 16 Jan 2018

LONDON Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria constituted a breach of international law and Syrian sovereignty, joining Syria, Turkey and Russia in a vehement rebuke of the plan.


French carmaker PSA's sales lifted by growth in Iran and Latin America 16 Jan 2018

PARIS French carmaker PSA's global sales jumped by 15 percent last year as strong growth in Iran and Latin America helped to offset difficulties in Britain and China.


Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast 16 Jan 2018

TOKYO Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.


Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov 15 Jan 2018

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal, arguing such a move could also complicate diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. | Video


Exclusive - Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. | Video