Iran summons the British ambassador after London backs the US conclusion that Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, while the Saudi Energy Minister stokes tensions, saying the kingdom "is committed to ensuring stability of global oil markets".
Iran accuses the US and its allies of warmongering while the US Defence Secretary says America's focus is on building international consensus, although they are always planning contingencies.
Beijing has long maintained its rise to power will be "peaceful" despite its soaring economic and military growth being seen as a "threat".
The US military releases a video it says depicts members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard taking an unexploded mine from the side of one of the oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman.
Two oil tankers have been hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman and the crews have been evacuated, shipping firms and industry sources said, a month after a similar incident in which four tankers in the region were struck.
At a conservative estimate, people around the world are consuming a credit card's-worth of microplastic every week, according to a new study.
Russian police abruptly drop drugs charges against journalist Ivan Golunov in the face of anger from supporters threatening a mass protest, who allege he was framed for reporting on corruption.
The Hong Kong community in Australia urges the Federal Government to take a stronger stance against the territory's controversial extradition law changes, describing their response so far as weak.
Six months ago, hardly anyone knew Juan Guaido's name. Now he's the self-proclaimed Trump-backed leader of Venezuela. The catch? Venezuela already has a president — and he won't budge.