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Tanker attacks near UAE expose weaknesses in Gulf Arab security

The operation near the Strait of Hormuz appeared designed to test the resolve of the United States and its Sunni Muslim allies without triggering a war, after Washington tightened sanctions on Iran and beefed up its military presence nearby. The UAE has not characterized the sabotage or blamed anyone, but U.S. national security agencies believe proxies sympathetic to or working for Iran may have been behind it, a U.S. official has said. "This is a pin-prick event, a little needle-like jab at t...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Uae, Gulf, Strait Of Hormuz, Gerry Northwood


Saudi Arabia oil facilities attacked, U.S.-Iran tensions flare

The attacks took place against a backdrop of U.S.-Iranian tension following Washington's decision this month to try to cut Iran's oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be war with the United States despite mounting tensions over Iranian nuclear capabilities, its missile program and its support for proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Tags: Science, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Yemen, Gulf


U.S. envoy urges response 'short of war' to Gulf tankers attack

Iran was a prime suspect in the sabotage on Sunday although Washington had no conclusive proof, a U.S. official familiar with American intelligence said on Monday. Iran has denied involvement. "We need to do a thorough investigation to understand what happened, why it happened, and then come up with reasonable responses short of war," Ambassador John Abizaid told reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh in remarks published on Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Gulf, Riyadh, John Abizaid


Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target not a threat: ISNA

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represented a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported. The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East in a move U.S. officials said was to counter "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces in the region. The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another carrier rotated out of th...
Tags: Science, Iran, Middle East, Isna, Gulf, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA


Iran's Guards commander says U.S. military presence in Gulf is 'an opportunity': ISNA

The United States' military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, a senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration says are “clear indications” of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there. The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another carrier ro...
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Middle East, Isna, Gulf, Trump, Iranian Students News Agency ISNA


Kuwait inaugurates massive causeway to free trade zone

Kuwait City (AFP) - Kuwait on Wednesday inaugurated one of the world's longest causeways, linking the oil-rich Gulf state's capital to an uninhabited border region set to become a major free trade hub.
Tags: Science, Kuwait, Gulf, Kuwait City


U.S. general says he will ensure necessary resources to counter Iran

(This April 27 story was refiled to amend the word "gonna" to "going to" in quotes in paragraphs 2 and 9) CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said on Saturday the United States would deploy the necessary resources to counter any dangerous actions by Iran, Sky News Arabia reported. "We're going to continue to reach out to our partners and friends in the region to ensure that we make common cause against the threat of Iran," McKenzie, on an official visit to the...
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Sky News Arabia, Kenneth Mckenzie, CAIRO Reuters U S Central Command, Iran Sky News Arabia, Iran McKenzie


White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday

A White House statement said Trump "recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system." It was unclear why the White House waited several days to announce the phone call, which took place on Monday. Europe and the Gulf have been divided over a push to seize Tripoli by Haftar's eastern forces. On Thursday, both the United States and Ru...
Tags: Europe, Science, White House, Russia, United States, Libya, Gulf, Trump, Tripoli, U N Security Council, Haftar, Field Marshal Haftar


Libya conflict stirs divisions in Gulf and Europe

Nearly two weeks into its assault, the veteran general's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) is stuck in the city's southern outskirts battling armed groups loyal to the internationally-recognized Tripoli government. What else can we do?" said Mohamed Taha, 23, in a street where students still packed a nearby school. Foreign powers are worried but unable to present a united front over the latest flare-up in the cycle of anarchy and warfare that has gripped Libya since dictator Muammar Gad...
Tags: Europe, Science, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, Gulf, Tripoli, Mohamed Taha, Libyan National Army LNA


With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

The U.S. embassy in Oman said in a statement that the agreement governed U.S. access to facilities and ports in Duqm as well as in Salalah and "reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals." The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was significant by improving a...
Tags: Science, Iran, Switzerland, Oman, Tehran, Gulf, Strait Of Hormuz, Salalah, Duqm


Mexico says only 22 vaquita porpoises remain

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts say only 22 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, the only place where the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise is found. Researcher Jorge Urban said Wednesday a commission of experts detected the 22 vaquitas over a network of acoustic monitors in the Gulf, also known as the Sea […]
Tags: Science, News, Mexico, Ap, Nation, Mexico City, Gulf, Gulf Of California, Jorge Urban


Saudi king meets Russian foreign minister in Riyadh

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Riyadh on Tuesday, footage on the Russian foreign ministry's official Youtube channel showed. Lavrov is on a tour of the Gulf, also expected to include the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. On Monday Lavrov held talks in Qatar with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. (Reporting by Maria Vasilyeva; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Tags: Science, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Gulf, Riyadh, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Salman, Maria Vasilyeva, Tom Balmforth, MOSCOW Reuters Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman


Qatar still studying Russian defense system, minister says

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile air defense system, adding the potential deal -- reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia -- was none of Riyadh's business. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said there was no sign of a thaw in a Gulf row over allegations by Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani


Qatar says still studying Russian defense system

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia's S-400 missile air defense system, adding the potential deal -- reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia -- was none of Riyadh's business. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani also said there was no sign of a thaw in a Gulf row over allegations by Saudi Arabia and some other Arab states that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani


Qatar foreign minister discusses Syria, Libya with Russia's Lavrov

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister said he discussed Syria and Libya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who is visiting Doha, the first stop in a Gulf tour. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in joint press conference with Lavrov that a political solution in Syria is the only option for the war-torn country and called for unity in Libya. (Reporting By Eric Knecht; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Tags: Science, Russia, Qatar, Syria, Libya, Doha, Gulf, Sergei Lavrov, Lavrov, Syria Libya, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Eric Knecht, DOHA Reuters Qatar


Report cards show continued sea-level rise on East & Gulf coasts

Interactive plots provide annual sea-level projections to 2050 for 32 localities along the US coastline from Maine to Alaska.
Tags: Science, US, Maine, Gulf, East


First Emirati set to head to space in September: UAE

The United Arab Emirates announced Monday that the first astronaut from the Gulf country will blast off on a mission to the International Space Station on September 25. The oil-rich state has two astronauts in training, selected from more than 4,000 applicants, as it looks to get an ambitious space programme aimed at exploring Mars off the ground. The authorities said a decision on which of the two astronauts would take off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the eight-day mission will be made i...
Tags: Science, International Space Station, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Gulf, Emirati


Iran frees French businesswoman held since October

Iran has released a French citizen arrested for entering the country illegally after other charges were dropped, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, days after France's foreign minister discussed her case in parliament. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers France was in touch with Iran to improve the conditions of the woman arrested in October on Iran's Gulf island of Kish for allegedly signing an illegal mining contract. "A French national who had been d...
Tags: Science, France, Iran, Gulf, Foreign Ministry, Jean Yves Le Drian, IRNA, KISH, Bahram Qasemi


Iran says it made successful submarine missile launch in Gulf war games

Iran successfully tested a cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States. Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions. In August Washington said Iran had test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the stra...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Donald Trump, Gulf, Strait Of Hormuz, United States Tehran


U.S. pressing Gulf states to keep Syria isolated: sources

The opposing approaches are an early test of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can gain political and diplomatic credibility after a nearly eight-year civil war turned him into an international pariah. Many countries cut links with Syria at the start of the war. Several Gulf states shut or downgraded their embassies, Syria was suspended from the Arab League, flights stopped and border crossings were closed.
Tags: Science, Syria, Bashar Al Assad, Gulf, Arab League, Several Gulf


Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Tehran wanted to establish close ties with all countries in the Middle East, where Iran has been involved in proxy wars with Saudi Arabia for decades. "Iran is ready to work with regional states to preserve security in the Middle East ... Our enemies, America and Israel, want to create division among Iranians," Rouhani said in a public speech in southern Iran, broadcast live on state TV.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Israel, America, Iran, Middle East, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Gulf, Rouhani, Middle East Our


Netanyahu meets Omani foreign minister , hints other Arab states warming to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman's foreign minister on the sidelines of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference in Warsaw on Wednesday and hinted that other Arab countries represented there were engaging with Israel. "Many are following this (Omani) lead, and may I say, including at this conference," a video released by Netanyahu's office showed him telling Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, whose Gulf state hosted the Israeli leader in October. Oman does not formally recognize I...
Tags: Science, Israel, Middle East, Oman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Warsaw, Gulf, Netanyahu, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah


OPEC oil output drops in January on Saudi cut, outages and sanctions

OPEC oil supply has fallen in January by the largest amount in two years, a Reuters survey found, as top exporter Saudi Arabia over-delivered on the group's supply pact while Iran, Libya and Venezuela registered involuntary declines. The survey suggests that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies over-delivered on pledged supply curbs to avert the possibility of a new glut building up this year. A formal accord by OPEC and its allies to cut supply in 2019 took effect on Jan. 1.
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Venezuela, Gulf, Reuters, Iran Libya


Qatari emir hosts Bashir, backs 'unity' in restive Sudan

The ruler of Qatar offered support for Sudan's "unity and stability" on Wednesday at a meeting with President Omar al-Bashir on his first foreign visit in more than a month of protests against him, a statement said. The tiny but wealthy Gulf state vies with regional rivals for influence in Sudan, strategic in part for its access to the Red Sea, and last year agreed a $4 billion deal to jointly develop Suakin port. Bashir arrived in Qatar on Tuesday as protests raged at home.
Tags: Science, Qatar, Sudan, Gulf, Red Sea, Bashir, Omar al Bashir, Suakin


After billion-barrel bonanza, BP goes global with seismic tech

Buoyed by the success of seismic imaging that found an extra billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is looking to take its latest technology to Angola and Brazil. The software used in the Gulf, based on an algorithm created by Xukai Shen, a geophysicist straight out of Stanford University, led to BP discovering the crude in an area where it had long thought there was none to be found. Industry experts said the scale of the discovery 8 km below BP's Thunder Horse field, announced last...
Tags: Science, Brazil, Angola, Bp, Gulf of Mexico, Stanford University, Gulf, Xukai Shen


Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt cut diplomatic, transport and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their regional foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran - something Doha denies. The United States, an ally of the six-nation Sunni Muslim GCC, sees the rift as a threat to efforts to contain Iran and has pushed for a united Gulf front. "When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Doha, Gulf, Riyadh, Shi, Gulf Cooperation Council GCC, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Pompeo, Sunni Muslim GCC


Secretary of State Pompeo urges Gulf states to heal rift

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Arab Gulf neighbors had gone on for too long. "We are all more powerful when we are working together and disputes are limited. When we have a common challenge, disputes between countries with shared objectives are never helpful," he said at a press conference in Qatar. (Reporting by Eric Knecht; Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
Tags: Science, Qatar, Dubai, Gulf, Reuters, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Eric Knecht, Asma Alsharif


Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Mile-High Tsunami That Spread Through Earth's Oceans

When the dinosaur-killing asteroid collided with Earth more than 65 million years ago, it did not go gently into that good night. Rather, it blasted a nearly mile-high tsunami through the Gulf of Mexico that caused chaos throughout the world's oceans, new research finds. The 9-mile-across (14 kilometers) space rock, known as the Chicxulub asteroid, caused so much destruction, it's no wonder the asteroid ended the dinosaur age, leading to the so-called Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinct...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, Washington, Brown University, Earth, Atlantic, New Zealand, EOS, South Pacific, Johnson, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic, Rhode Island, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean


Iran's Revolutionary Guards plan to upgrade speed boats with stealth technology

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday they plan to upgrade their speed boats in the Gulf with radar-evading stealth technology and new missile launchers as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington in the vital oil shipping route. Ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the region, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf last week, and was shadowed by the Revolutionary Guards' speed boats.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Tehran, Gulf, STENNIS


Iran says ready to respond, but U.S. aircraft carrier no threat

Iran said on Monday it was ready to respond to any hostile U.S. action, but it did not consider the arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf last week as a significant threat. The USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf on Friday, ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the region as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington. "The presence of this warship is insignificant to us," Iran's Navy commander Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency...
Tags: Science, Navy, Washington, Iran, Tehran, Isna, Gulf, STENNIS, Habibollah Sayyari



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