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Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US blames Iran for explosions

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US blames Iran for explosions

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for "unprovoked attacks" on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.He said the US had made its assessment based on intelligence about the type of weapons used.A senior Iranian official earlier told the BBC "Iran has no connection" with the explosions on Thursday morning.Dozens of crew members were rescued after the blasts on the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous and the Front Altair, owned by a Norwegian company.Both Iran and the US said they evacuated the crew.The blasts in one of the world's busiest oil routes comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the United Arab Emirates. No group or country has admitted the incident in May, which als...
Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

World
Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated.Iran rescued the 44 after an "accident", state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The US Navy said it received two distress calls.The incident comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the UAE. US-Iran tensions explained 'Sabotaged' tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil Oil prices rose as much as 4.5% from a near five-month low following Thursday's incident, Bloomberg reports.What do we know about the explosions?The cause remains unclear.The Norwegian-owned Front Altair had been "attacked", the N...
‘Sabotaged’ tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

‘Sabotaged’ tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

Science
A sizeable oil slick developed in waters where tankers were damaged off the United Arab Emirates on 12 May.Finnish company Iceye says one of its radar satellites detected a long trail leading from the Saudi-flagged vessel Amjad two days later.The crude oil tanker and three other ships suffered damage while anchored outside the port of Fujairah. No-one has yet said they were behind the incidents. Nor is it clear precisely what happened.US investigators reportedly believe Iran or groups it supports used explosives to damage the ships - but no evidence has emerged to show that Iran was involved. The radar image on this page was captured by Iceye's X2 spacecraft on 14 May. ...
DJ Avicii found dead in Oman aged 28

DJ Avicii found dead in Oman aged 28

Entertainment
Music producer and DJ Avicii has been found dead in Oman at the age of 28, his publicist has said.The Swedish star, whose real name was Tim Bergling, scored two UK number one singles and had collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.His publicist Diana Baron said: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii."The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."Avicii, best known for his singles Wake Me Up, Hey Brother and Levels, was found dead in Muscat, Oman.He was considered a pioneer of contemporary electronic dance music and a rare DJ capable of a worldwide arena tour.Image:Avicii quit touring in 2016He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned t...