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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Gulf

All time
# energy security
Iranian president warns foreign forces to stay out of the Gulf
It comes as the United States sends more troops to the region in a defensive capacity.
# Saudi Arabia
Trump announces Iran sanctions as US sends more troops to Gulf
The US President said the sanctions were the toughest ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike.
# Tension
Saudi oil tankers among ships targeted by 'sabotage attacks'
The ships suffered “significant damage” but none of the crew members were harmed.
# Broadcast rights
BeIN Sports claim 'irrefutable evidence' of Saudi Arabia-based piracy
“The illegal channel beoutQ is backed by Saudi nationals and openly promoted by leading Saudi figures.”
# gulf apart
'Made to be rejected': Qatar looks to reject demands made in Gulf-states row
Gulf states have demanded Qatar agree to complete a list of demands to end the blockade against it.
# bridge the gulf
Arab nations cut ties with Qatar due to 'terrorist links'
Airlines Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will cancel flights to and from Qatar from tomorrow.
# topo chico
49 people have died in an enormous prison brawl in Mexico
The prisoners involved fought with sticks and blades and ignited a fire. 12 others were injured, five of them seriously.
# stethoscopes and chisels
Thieves dressed as Gulf tourists used chisels to steal hotel safes
Two men have been arrested in France.
# It Wasn't Me
Tony Blair: Syrian war to blame for Iraq violence, not 2003 invasion
Arguments that there would be no crisis if Saddam Hussein remained are “bizarre” he said.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Taoiseach bring up human rights abuses during Gulf visit?
Minister Richard Bruton has said the current trade mission to region is not an appropriate time to address the issue.
# year of jobs
Taoiseach and Jobs Minister head to Gulf for 'ambitious' trade mission
They will be accompanied by representatives from almost 90 companies, visiting Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
# crisis
Syrian refugees 'now make up 10 per cent of population of Lebanon'
Oxfam said the figure is comparable to the entire population of Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Derry all moving to Dublin.
# One Small Step
Saudi king says 30 women can now sit on top advisory council for first time
The 30 women will sit on the previously all-male 150-seat Shura Council which is appointed by the king to advise him on policy.
# Arab Spring
Bahrain activist jailed for three years
Nabeel Rajab was found guilty of taking part in illegal gatherings.
# Gender Gulf
Saudi Arabia plans 'women-only' city
The female industrial city would allow more women into the workplace while maintaining gender segregation in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.
# Qatar
Qatar launches investigation into fatal mall fire
Thirteen children and six adults, including two firefighters, were killed in yesterday’s blaze.
# Map wars
Iran reveals its latest enemy... Google Maps
The country said Google was ‘fabricating lies’ with its map of the Gulf.
# nukes
UN nuclear inspectors start investigation in Iran
The inspectors are examining whether Iran really does have a secret atomic weapons programme, which Iran vehemently denies.
# Oil
Drilling thrives 18 months after BP oil spill
The first new drilling began in the region in March of this year – and is thriving even after the disastrous BP oil spill.
# Bahrain
Bahrain's king criticises investigation distancing Iran from Arab Spring
The king of Bahrain says the investigator charged with probing the government’s crackdown on civilian protests uncovered “real shortcomings” from state institutions.
# Arab Spring
Bahrain to retry medics jailed for treating protesters
The Gulf state will re-examine the cases of 20 medical personnel who were given jail sentences ranging from five to 15 years for treating protesters wounded in anti-government demonstrators.
# Bahrain
King of Bahrain orders end to martial law
Three-month-long state of emergency is coming to an end, the monarch declares on the same day 21 people are put on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow him.
# Bahrain
Bahraini government officials extend loyalty pledge campaign to Facebook, Twitter
‘Loyalty books’ had been placed around the country for signature and comments before the online versions were launched.
# Bahrain
Six top opposition activists arrested in Bahrain
As the struggle in Bahrain continues, the Sunni monarchy uses everything at its disposal to retain power – while Shias are hoping their overwhelming population advantage will bring the leadership to its knees.
# Bahrain
Jubilant scenes in Bahrain as military withdraws
Thousands are celebrating in capital of Bahrain after the withdrawal of the military, following scores of people being rushed to hospital after violent clashes earlier today.