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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.


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Bahrain reports first Gulf death from coronavirus

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Major concerts and sporting events in Gulf Arab states have been canceled or postponed and Saudi Arabia stepped up health screening measures in response to the spreading coronavirus.
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Qatar defense exhibition canceled as coronavirus spreads in Gulf

Qatar'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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Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of hampering its access to Gulf meet on coronavirus

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U.S. relaxes restrictions on U.S. civilian flights over Gulf

The 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..
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Iran welcomes dialogue with Gulf neighbors: foreign minister tweets

Iran welcomes dialogue with its Gulf neighbors, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday, amid heightened tension in the Middle East.
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Japan making diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions in Gulf: official

Japan, 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..
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Factbox: U.S. forces in Gulf region and Iraq

The 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.
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U.S renews warning about threats from Iran to vessels in Gulf

The 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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U.N. Secretary General concerned by recent escalation in the Gulf, calls for maximum restraint

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by the recent rise in tensions in the Middle East, where the United States killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani following..
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Iran's Rouhani welcomes Japan opt-out of U.S.-led naval mission in Gulf

Iranian 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.
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French warship to spearhead European mission in Gulf from next year

A 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..
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Qatar sends premier to Gulf summit in prospective thaw in rift

Qatar 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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U.S. warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

A U.S. Navy warship seized advanced missile parts believed to be linked to Iran from a boat it had stopped in the Arabian Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, as Trump's administration pressures..
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Qatar, Kuwait told U.S. they will join naval coalition, official says

Qatar 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..
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France says Abu Dhabi to host HQ for European naval mission for the Gulf

A 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf en route to Louisiana

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

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Putin offers to help ease Gulf tensions before Saudi trip

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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British warship sets sail for tanker escort mission in Gulf

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The presence of Western forces in the Gulf is fuelling regional tension, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said on Monday.
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Iran warns against any Israeli involvement in Gulf maritime coalition

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

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

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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.
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