Russian President Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Riyadh for his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices surged more than two percent on Friday after an Iranian tanker was hit by two explosions in Saudi Arabia, sparking fresh supply concerns in the already-tense Gulf region.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half, fuelling fresh geopolitical fears as Donald Trump blamed Iran and raised the possibility of a military strike on the country.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Sargassum seaweed invading Caribbean and Gulf beaches is “the new norm” | AFP

Sargassum seaweed “invasions” are “the new norm” say experts as a massive clear up operation to remove seaweed gets underway on Miami Beach.

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2019’s Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is 8th largest

Scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is the eighth largest on record. They are just back from measuring the underwater region where there’s too little oxygen to sustain marine life. (Aug 1)

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Hunt: UK assembling European-led mission in Gulf

Britain says it is joining with European allies to form a “maritime protection mission” in the Strait of Hormuz following Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the busy waterway. (July 22)

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British ministers and army chief arrive for crisis talks after Iran seizes tanker | AFP

British ministers and the Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter arrive at the Cabinet Office on Whitehall ahead of a meeting of Britain’s emergencies committee over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Iranian bread permanent guest at the Kuwaiti table | AFP

For decades, Iranian bread — known as taftoon — has been a staple of breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kuwait. For Kuwaitis, their bond with Iranian culture remains strong despite growing regional tensions between the Sunni-ruled Gulf countries and the Shiite Islamic republic.

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Tropical Storm forms in Gulf, evacuations underway

Clarence Brock has lived in Plaquemines Parish his entire life. He can’t remember how many times he’s evacuated but that doesn’t mean he plans to take a chance with Mother Nature. (July 11)

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Mayor: New Orleans can’t pump its way out of storm

The mayor of New Orleans says the city’s water pumps are “working at optimal capacity” as Tropical Storm Barry moves toward the state’s Gulf coast. (July 11)

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Louisiana braces for possible weekend hurricane

A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for southeast Louisiana – the possibility that a high Mississippi River will approach the tops of levees and a danger of flash floods. (July 11)

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Widespread flooding in New Orleans

A storm swamped streets in New Orleans and prompted a tornado warning as concerns grew that even worse weather, including a possible hurricane, could strike Louisiana and other states along the Gulf of Mexico within days. (July 10)

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Tension in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating recent incidents in the Gulf region. The US aims to form a coalition to guarantee freedom of navigation in strategic Gulf waters amid fraught relations between Washington and Tehran, a top general told media on Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Qatar mega-library defies boycott and woos youth | AFP

The Gulf’s largest book collection, Qatar’s National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers.

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Qatar World Cup chief unconcerned by Platini corruption questioning | AFP

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi insists that the Gulf nation has nothing to worry about in relation to a French corruption investigation, as Qatar presents Brazilian football legend Cafu as one of the ambassadors for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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US Iran drone crisis | AFP Animé

Videographic locating Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf. Iran said Friday it had “indisputable” evidence a US drone it downed had violated its airspace, as reports emerged in the US that President Donald Trump had approved then scrapped retaliatory strikes against Iranian targets.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Tension in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating recent incidents in the Gulf region. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said on Thursday it had shot down a US “spy drone” which violated Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz. The incident comes at a time of growing antagonism between Iran and the United States following two waves of still unexplained attacks on Gulf shipping.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Kokuka Courageous off the port of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah | AFP

Images taken during a guided tour by the US Navy (NAVCENT) show the Japanese oil tanker Kokuka Courageous off the port of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah. IMAGES

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