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Gulf: A large inlet from the ocean into the landmass
A gulf is a large inlet from the ocean into the landmass, typically with a narrower opening than a bay; though this is not observable in all geographic areas so named. The term gulf was traditionally used for large, highly indented, navigable bodies of salt water which are enclosed by the coastline. Many gulfs are major shipping areas, such as the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mexico, and Gulf of Aden.


U.S. blacklists companies, people for support of Islamic State

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on four companies and two people operating in Syria, Turkey, the Gulf and Europe for providing financial and logistical support to Islamic State.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-led naval coalition, protecting oil tankers, opens command center in Bahrain

The U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf, established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, opened a command center in Bahrain on Thursday, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

Blockage of Umm Qasr port has cost Iraq over $6 billion: PM's spokesman

The blocking of Iraq's major Umm Qasr port on the Gulf by anti-government protesters has cost the country over $6 billion so far, a spokesman for Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Brazil's Bolsonaro aims to patch up with Arab nations on Gulf trip

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for a tour of three Gulf states, hoping to turn the page on a diplomatic storm last year with Arab nations over a proposal to move..
Reuters - Published

Putin offers to help ease Gulf tensions before Saudi trip

Russia can play a positive role in easing tensions in the Gulf following a spate of attacks in the region, President Vladimir Putin said in comments published on Sunday before his first visit to Saudi..
Reuters - Published

Leakage from targeted Iran tanker halted as it heads for Gulf: Iranian media

Leakage of cargo from an Iranian-owned oil tanker apparently hit by missiles in Red Sea waters off Saudi Arabia has been stopped as it heads for the Gulf, the semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Attacks, incidents heightening Gulf tensions since May

An explosion set ablaze an Iranian oil tanker off the Saudi port city of Jeddah, Iranian state media reported on Friday, adding that experts suspected it was a "terrorist attack".
Reuters - Published

Iran's Rouhani to call for 'coalition of hope' in Gulf as tension spikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that will likely determine whether Tehran will re-engage with the United States to ease the..
Reuters - Published

China's Xi says disputes in Gulf should be resolved peacefully

Disputes in the Gulf should be resolved peacefully via talks, and all sides should remain calm and exercise restraint, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iraq's visiting prime minister on Monday, state..
Reuters - Published

Iran to present plan for Gulf security at U.N. this week

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron determined to defuse tensions in Gulf: Elysee official

France wants to defuse tensions between the United States and Iran to prevent an escalation in the Gulf, said a French presidency official who acknowledged on Thursday that the attack on Saudi oil..
Reuters - Published

Russia urges Gulf countries to start talks to defuse tensions: Ifax

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday urged all countries in the Gulf to sit down for talks to defuse tensions following an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, the Interfax news agency..
Reuters - Published

Iran to hold annual Gulf drills with 200 frigates, speedboats

Iran will hold its annual military parade on Sept. 22 in the Gulf with 200 frigates and speedboats, the semi-official Iran Front Page website reported on Wednesday, at a time of soaring tension between..
Reuters - Published

Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel: ISNA

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran's semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported..
Reuters - Published

U.S. flags Huawei 5G network security concerns to Gulf allies

The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei's technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Iran seizes ship with Filipino crew for alleged fuel smuggling in Gulf

Iran's coast guard has seized a foreign tugboat suspected of smuggling fuel in the Gulf and detained its 12 Filipino crew members, state television reported on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Newspaper says Japan won't join U.S.-led maritime coalition in Gulf

Japan will not join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways and will instead consider deploying its military independently, the..
Reuters - Published

UK considers deploying drones to the Gulf amid Iran tensions: Sky News

The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the Gulf

Britain is sending another warship to the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation, the defense minister said on Saturday, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region.
Reuters - Published

Foreign Minister Zarif says Iran will not start war in Gulf but will defend itself

Iran will not start a war in the Gulf but it will defend itself, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Shadow of Iraq War hangs over Gulf move

The history of the invasion of Iraq should weigh heavily on the minds of Australians as we once again send troops into harm’s way.
The Age - Published

Australia joins U.S.-led maritime security mission in Gulf

Australia will join the United States in a security mission to protect merchant vessels traveling through key Middle East waterways after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel, Prime Minister Scott..
Reuters - Published

Iran ready to escort Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker in the Gulf: navy commander

Iran is ready to dispatch its naval fleet to escort its Adrian Darya-1 oil tanker, which is currently in Gibraltar, Iran's navy commander said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in Gulf

British warship HMS Kent set sail for the Gulf on Monday to join a U.S.-led mission protecting commercial shipping vessels in the region amid heightened political tension between the West and Iran.
Reuters - Published

Western forces fuelling Gulf regional tension: Iraq

The presence of Western forces in the Gulf is fuelling regional tension, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Iran says any external military presence in Gulf 'source of insecurity'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Friday that any military presence in the Gulf from outside the region would be a "source of insecurity" for Iran, and Tehran would act..
Reuters - Published

Iran warns against any Israeli involvement in Gulf maritime coalition

Any Israeli involvement in any maritime coalition in the Gulf is a "clear threat" to Iran's national security and the Islamic Republic has a right to confront the threat, Iran's Foreign Ministry..
Reuters - Published

U.S. tells commercial vessels to send Gulf transit plans in advance

U.S.-flagged commercial vessels should send their transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf waters to United States and British naval authorities, the U.S. Maritime Administration said in an..
Reuters - Published

China might escort ships in Gulf under U.S. proposal: envoy

China might escort Chinese commercial vessels in Gulf waters under a U.S. proposal for a maritime coalition to secure oil shipping lanes following attacks on tankers, its envoy to the United Arab..
Reuters - Published

Zarif says Iran will act over 'maritime offences' in Gulf

Iran will no longer turn a blind eye to "maritime offences" in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized an Iraqi oil tanker there that it accused of smuggling fuel.
Reuters - Published

Iran's Zarif says U.S. failed to build coalition in the Gulf

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the United States was isolated in the world and was unable to create a coalition with its allies in the Gulf.
Reuters - Published

Iran says seized oil tanker in Gulf was an Iraqi vessel: IRNA

Iran said on Sunday that an oil tanker sized by its elite forces in the Gulf for smuggling fuel was an Iraqi ship, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker smuggling fuel in Gulf: state media

Iranian forces seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel to Arab states and has detained seven crewmen, Iran's state media reported on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Germany's Scholz seeks to calm Gulf tension: newspapers

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has appealed for efforts to prevent an escalation of tensions in the Gulf, and said the country was working closely with France and Britain, according to an..
Reuters - Published

Foreign forces would stoke regional tension: Iranian president

The presence of foreign forces would be the main source of tension in the Gulf, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a meeting with Oman's foreign minister in Tehran, according to the..
Reuters - Published

Iran says a European naval coalition for Gulf would send hostile message: Fars

European countries forming a naval coalition for the Gulf would send a hostile message, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia urges global community to deter maritime trade disruptions

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran's interception of commercial vessels, including its seizure of a British tanker, in Gulf waters was a violation of international law and urged the global..
Reuters - Published

Iran says it arrests CIA spies, Gulf tensions simmer

Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sentenced some of them to death, deepening a crisis between the Islamic Republic and the..
Reuters - Published

Iranian news agency says British-operated Mesdar tanker has not been seized

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have not captured the British-operated, Liberian-flagged ship Mesdar in the Gulf, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, quoting regional military sources.
Reuters - Published

Seized British-flagged tanker in Gulf had turned off its tracker, ignored warnings: IRNA

The British-flagged tanker seized by Iran's elite forces on Friday had turned off its tracker and ignored warnings from the Revolutionary Guards, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted a military source..
Reuters - Published

Second tanker in Gulf turns sharply towards Iran, Refinitiv data shows

A second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, turned sharply north towards Iran's coast on Friday afternoon after passing westward through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf,..
Reuters - Published

UK urgently seeking information after reports of seized tanker in Gulf

Britain said it was urgently seeking further information after a British-flagged tanker took a sudden turn into Iranian waters.
Reuters - Published

Merkel: Concerned about Gulf, should use every opportunity for diplomacy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she was concerned about the situation in the Gulf, adding that every opportunity for diplomatic contact should be used.
Reuters - Published

U.S. demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline

The United States on Thursday demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and a U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure..
Reuters - Published

Iran must immediately release seized ship and crew: U.S. State Department

Iran must immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and its crew, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Britain says tanker seized by Iran was not British

Britain said on Thursday that a tanker seized by Iran on suspicion of smuggling fuel in the Gulf was not British-flagged.
Reuters - Published

Iran seizes foreign tanker, U.S. vows to protect vital Gulf waterway

Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, and the U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure free passage of..
Reuters - Published

Iran says it has seized foreign tanker as Gulf tensions deepen

Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, and the U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure free passage of..
Reuters - Published

UK government seeking further information on seized foreign tanker reports: spokeswoman

Britain is seeking further information on reports Iran has seized a foreign tanker in the Gulf, the government said on Thursday, urging the Iranian authorities to de-escalate tensions.
Reuters - Published

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