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Picture of Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

Renamed Adrian Aryra 1 super tanker hosting an Iranian flag sails in the waters in the British territory of Gibraltar, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States' latest request not to release a seized Iranian supertanker, clearing the way for the vessel to set sail after being detained last month for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria.

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Picture of Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

A view of the Grace 1 super tanker with the name removed is seen in the British territory of Gibraltar, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar in "24 to 48 hours," despite a last-minute effort by the United States to seize it again.

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Picture of Sudanese protesters sign final power-sharing deal with army

Sudanese protesters sign final power-sharing deal with army

Sudanese pro-democracy supporters celebrate a final power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council Saturday, Aug 17, 2019, in the capital, Khartoum. The deal paves the way for a transition to civilian-led government following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

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Picture of Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure

A view of the Grace 1 supertanker stands off the coast of the British territory of Gibraltar, Friday Aug. 16, 2019. The lawyer representing the captain of the Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff said Friday that the captain no longer wants to be in command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could prevent its immediate departure from Gibraltar.

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Picture of Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

Lawyer: Iranian supertanker captain no longer wants the job

A view of the Grace 1 supertanker stands off the coast of the British territory of Gibraltar, Friday Aug. 16, 2019. The lawyer representing the captain of the Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff said Friday that the captain no longer wants to be in command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could prevent its immediate departure from Gibraltar.

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Picture of Gibraltar paper reports Iranian tanker released

Gibraltar paper reports Iranian tanker released

This undated image made from a video provided by the IRGC/IRIB shows a ship in the Persian Gulf. Iranian forces seized the ship, which it suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, marking the Revolutionary Guard's third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions.

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Picture of US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, July 4, 2019, Grace 1 super tanker is anchored near a Royal Marine patrol vessel off the coast of the British territory of Gibraltar. A newspaper in Gibraltar is reporting Thursday Aug. 15, 2019, that the United States has applied to seize the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, that authorities in the British overseas territory are seeking to release from detention.

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Picture of Syria’s Aleppo symbol of Assad’s wins and of enduring war

Syria’s Aleppo symbol of Assad’s wins and of enduring war

In this Friday, July 26, 2019 photo, Syrians wait for a public transportation in Aleppo, Syria. Rebels still frequently strike with shelling and mortars into Aleppo, killing civilians nearly three years after the government recaptured the city. Aleppo is a symbol of how President Bashar Assad succeeded in turning the tide in Syria’s long civil war with a series of wins, but it’s equally a symbol of how he’s been unable to secure a final victory. Half of Aleppo remains in ruins, and rebels remain on the doorstep.

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Picture of UAE-backed separatists pull back after seizing Yemen’s Aden

UAE-backed separatists pull back after seizing Yemen’s Aden

In this Friday Aug. 9, 2019 frame grab from video, Southern Transitional Council separatist fighters line up to storm the presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. The separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing Sunday from positions they seized from the internationally-recognized government in Aden. Both the southern separatists and the government forces are ostensibly allies in the Saudi-led military coalition that’s been battling the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen since 2015, but the four days of fighting in Aden have exposed a major rift in the alliance.

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Picture of Magnitude 6 quake shakes western Turkey; more than 20 hurt

Magnitude 6 quake shakes western Turkey; more than 20 hurt

Minor damage, from an earthquake is seen on a street as residents stay out of buildings and on streets in Bozkurt, in Denizli province, west Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. The earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 hit western Turkey, damaging homes and causing some injuries, officials said. Bozkurt's mayor, Birsen Celik, told media that the quake knocked down two houses in the town but residents escaped with slight injuries. Several other homes were damaged with cracked walls.

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