People walk in Valiasr Street in Tehran on Wednesday. Reuters
British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday accused of bringing oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that could escalate confrontation between the West and Iran.
Britain said on Monday there was a “small window” of time to save the Iran nuclear deal, as Tehran signalled it would resume its nuclear programme − seen by the West as a cover for making atomic bombs − if Europe failed to do more to salvage the pact.
Discussions between Britain and the United States on building up their military presence in the Gulf are ongoing, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman, Alison Donnelly, said on Friday amid tensions with Iran.
Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.
In a shocking incident in Haryana, India, infamous for its skewed sex ratio, a newly born girl, wrapped in plastic, was dumped by a woman in a drain near Kaithal town, police said.
At least 90 people have died in Nepal and 50 in India's Assam state. A dozen people have been killed in neighboring Bangladesh.
A Saudi Ministry of Defence official said that the move is based on joint cooperation between the two countries, and that it seeks to "strengthen regional security and stability" and to "preserve peace".