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Britain have asked on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, days after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in what London described as an act of "state piracy" in the Strait. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined the plans to parliament after a meeting of COBR, the government's emergency committee, which discussed London's response to Friday's capture of the Stena Impero tanker by Iranian commandos at sea. "Under international law, Iran had no right to obstruct the ship's passage - let alone board her. It was therefore an act of state piracy,"

Iran said it had arrested 17 spies working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death. Iranian state television published images it said showed CIA officers who had been in touch with the suspected spies. The Ministry of Intelligence said the 17 spies had been arrested in the 12 months to March 2019.

Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday that it has restarted it’s largest oilfield located in  the Sharara oilfield and lifted force majeure on loadings of its crude oil from the Zawiya terminal. The oilfield, the OPEC member's largest, was shut on Friday evening after an unidentified group shut a valve on the pipeline linking it to Zawiya, 49 km west of Tripoli.

Curacao's prime minister and Venezuela's oil minister said they have discussed the possibility of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA remaining as the operator of the Caribbean nation's 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Isla refinery.