A large inlet from the ocean into the landmass
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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, Gulf of Finland, and Gulf of Aden.
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Iran's navy says 19 killed in friendly-fire missile accident in Gulf: TVAn Iranian missile that struck a support ship in a friendly-fire incident has killed 19 sailors and wounded 15 others, Iran's navy said in a statement on Monday.
Iran says 'illegal' U.S. presence in Gulf causes insecurity: IRNAIran's defense minister on Friday dismissed U.S. reports of harassment by Iranian vessels as "baseless" and said the "illegal and aggressive" American presence in the Gulf was causing insecurity in the..
U.S. Navy says Iran Revolutionary Guards navy harassed its vessels in GulfIranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels approached U.S. Navy vessels on Wednesday in a "dangerous and harassing" manner, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
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Saudis told to stay home as Bahrain reports Gulf's first coronavirus deathBahrain reported the Arab Gulf's first death from the coronavirus on Monday and Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to stay at home as the region broadened measures to shield populations and economies from..
Bahrain reports first Gulf death from coronavirusBahrain reported the Gulf's first death from the coronavirus on Monday and the energy-producing region broadened measures to shield populations and economies from the outbreak.
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Qatar defense exhibition canceled as coronavirus spreads in GulfQatar's Dimdex defense exhibition due to be held this month has been canceled as the coronavirus outbreak spreads throughout the Gulf and wider Middle East.
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U.S. relaxes restrictions on U.S. civilian flights over GulfThe U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is allowing U.S. airlines to resume operations over large areas of the Gulf, saying that a lower military posture by Iran has reduced the threat of..
Iran welcomes dialogue with Gulf neighbors: foreign minister tweetsIran welcomes dialogue with its Gulf neighbors, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the Middle East.
Japan making diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions in Gulf: officialJapan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should work together to de-escalate the tense situation in the Gulf, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Monday, relaying comments by Japanese..
Factbox: U.S. forces in Gulf region and IraqThe United States and some other Western powers deploy weaponry and other military equipment in the Gulf to provide security to its allies in the oil-producing region.
U.S renews warning about threats from Iran to vessels in GulfThe United States Maritime Administration website has renewed its warning about threats to U.S. commercial vessels from Iran and its proxies in the Gulf and surrounding area.
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Iran's Rouhani welcomes Japan opt-out of U.S.-led naval mission in GulfIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday welcomed Japan's decision not to join a U.S.-led naval mission in the Gulf, in remarks carried by state television.
French warship to spearhead European mission in Gulf from next yearA European operation to ensure safe shipping in the Gulf region, scene of attacks on merchant vessels this year, will get underway next month when a French warship starts patrolling there, a French..
Qatar sends premier to Gulf summit in prospective thaw in riftQatar sent its prime minister to a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, its highest level of representation at the annual meeting in two years and the most concrete sign..
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Qatar, Kuwait told U.S. they will join naval coalition, official saysQatar and Kuwait have told the United States that they will join a U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, a U.S. military official..
France says Abu Dhabi to host HQ for European naval mission for the GulfA French naval base in Abu Dhabi will serve as the headquarters for a European-led mission to protect Gulf waters that will be operational soon, France's defense minister said on Sunday.
U.S. blacklists companies, people for support of Islamic StateThe 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.
U.S.-led naval coalition, protecting oil tankers, opens command center in BahrainThe 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.
Blockage of Umm Qasr port has cost Iraq over $6 billion: PM's spokesmanThe 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.
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France's Macron determined to defuse tensions in Gulf: Elysee officialFrance 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..
Russia urges Gulf countries to start talks to defuse tensions: IfaxRussian 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..
Iran to hold annual Gulf drills with 200 frigates, speedboatsIran 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..
Iran seizes vessel in Gulf for allegedly smuggling diesel fuel: ISNAIran'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..
U.S. flags Huawei 5G network security concerns to Gulf alliesThe 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.
Iran seizes ship with Filipino crew for alleged fuel smuggling in GulfIran'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.
Newspaper says Japan won't join U.S.-led maritime coalition in GulfJapan 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..
UK considers deploying drones to the Gulf amid Iran tensions: Sky NewsThe United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday.
Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the GulfBritain 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.
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British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in GulfBritish 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.
Western forces fuelling Gulf regional tension: IraqThe presence of Western forces in the Gulf is fuelling regional tension, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said on Monday.
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..