Iran shows growing fury in the Gulf. It really is desperate to talk

Abu Dhabi (CNN)The British Heritage super tanker is owned by BP, under a British flag, and on charter to an Anglo-Dutch company, so it’s unsurprising that the ship appeared to abandon suddenly its plans over the weekend as it sailed within sight of Iran. The skipper’s instincts were dead on. According to sources in the British Ministry of Defence, the Montrose drove off three Iranian gunboats that sought to herd the tanker into Iranian waters in or near the Straits of Hormuz. HMS Montrose manned its guns and leveled its 30-millimeter automatic cannon to add menace to the verbal warnings given to the Iranian ships to clear off. The Iranians deny the incident ever occurred. But the United States says …

Khashoggi’s killing was ‘gruesome’ but new UN report is ‘flawed,’ says Saudi minister

(CNN)The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was “gruesome” but a United Nations report into the journalist’s killing is “flawed,” Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said Thursday. Callamard said that Saudi Arabia was responsible under international law for Khashoggi’s “deliberate, premeditated execution,” and that current sanctions on some senior officials do not go far enough. “We disagree with her conclusions,” al-Jubeir told CNN. “We don’t believe she has a mandate, we believe that her report is flawed, we believe there are internal contradictions in the report, we believe it was based on media reporting and anonymous sources, we believe the description of the trials in Saudi Arabia, calling them secret, is not correct.” According to the report …