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MADRID -- The Iranian oil tanker seized by Britain for weeks has left Gibraltar for international waters, Iran's Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad confirmed Monday.

"At this point, we confirm that ... the Iranian oil tanker began to move towards international waters," Baeidinejad wrote on his personal Twitter account. (Iran-Oil Tanker-Gibraltar)

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NEW DELHI -- Over 40 people have died in rain-related incidents in India's northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab in the last 24 hours, media reports said on Monday.

As many as 24 people lost their lives and several others went missing in rain-related incidents in different districts of Himachal Pradesh. Several district administrations have announced a holiday on Monday in educational institutions due to heavy rains. (India-Weather-Environment Conservation)

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TEHRAN/LONDON -- Iran on Monday warned the United States against new attempts to seize its tanker after it left Gibraltar for international waters.

Iran has given necessary warnings to American officials through its official channels, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted by local media as saying. (Iran-US-Oil Tanker)

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KAMPALA -- At least 18 people have died in a fuel tanker explosion in the western Ugandan district of Rubirizi on Sunday evening, a police spokesperson said here on Monday. (Uganda-Oil tanker-Death toll) Enditem

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