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Mediterranean Sea: Sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean between Europe, Africa and Asia
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa and on the east by the Levant. Although the sea is sometimes considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is usually referred to as a separate body of water. Geological evidence indicates that around 5.9 million years ago, the Mediterranean was cut off from the Atlantic and was partly or completely desiccated over a period of some 600,000 years before being refilled by the Zanclean flood about 5.3 million years ago.


Militants attack Syria's Banias refinery: oil ministry

Militants attacked Syria's Banias refinery near the Mediterranean coast, sending divers to plant explosives on underwater pipelines, Syria's oil ministry said on Monday.
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Norway to take 600 Libya evacuees from Rwanda camp

Norway this year will take in 600 people evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers, the Nordic country said on Wednesday as it sought to discourage the smuggling of refugees across the..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Mediterranean Sea

Malta's Labour Party votes to choose new PM [Video]Malta's Labour Party votes to choose new PM

Polls are about to open on the Mediterranean island of Malta as ruling Labour Party members decide who will become their new prime minister.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

Greek and Turkish fighter jets spar over airspace [Video]Greek and Turkish fighter jets spar over airspace

Turkish and Greek fighter jets engaged in 16 mock dogfights after Greece's airspace was violated by Turkish jets on December 17 over territorial claims in the Aegean Sea.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:04Published

Malta Parliament surrounded by protesters demanding PM's removal [Video]Malta Parliament surrounded by protesters demanding PM's removal

Probe into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has stoked fury on the Mediterranean island.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published


Israel opposes Turkey-Libya maritime border accord

Israel opposes an accord signed last month between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean, but the deal was unlikely to lead to a conflict with Turkey, Israel's..
Reuters - Published

Turkish drone lands on Turkish Cyprus for energy exploration: official

A Turkish drone meant to help seek hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean landed at an airport on the divided island of Cyprus on Monday, a Turkish official said, in a move that could further stoke..
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Erdogan: Turkey and Libya can conduct joint explorations in eastern Med

Turkey and Libya can carry out joint exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean after the two sides signed a deal on maritime boundaries, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday after..
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Greece hopes talks with Turkey's Erdogan will ease maritime frictions

Greece's prime minister will meet Turkey's president on Wednesday in an attempt to ease frictions over energy exploration and Ankara's deal with Libya on Mediterranean maritime zones, a government..
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Turkey signs maritime boundaries deal with Libya amid exploration row

Libya's internationally recognized government and Turkey have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could complicate Ankara's disputes over energy exploration with..
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Turkey and Libya sign deal on maritime zones in the Mediterranean

Turkey and Libya's internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the..
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I'd have rather died at sea than return to Libya, says rescued migrant

An African migrant recently rescued from a crowded dinghy drifting in the Mediterranean said he would have rather died at sea than return to Libya, highlighting the desperation driving the current wave..
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Syria's oil minister says production unit in Banias refinery damaged in explosion

An explosion took place in one of the production units of Syria's Banias refinery near the Mediterranean coast during maintenance operations, Syria's oil minister said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Rescue ship with 104 migrants on board seeks help from EU nations

An NGO which runs the Mediterranean rescue ship Ocean Viking, with 104 migrants onboard, called on European authorities on Monday to designate a safe disembarkation spot.
Reuters - Published

EU parliament votes against improving search and rescue for refugees in Mediterranean

Alliance of far-right and mainstream conservative parties defeats plan to pressure member states
Independent - Published

Italy retrieves seven bodies from October 7 migrant shipwreck

Italy has recovered the bodies of a child and six other people from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, more than a week after a crowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of the island of Lampedusa.
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U.S. warns Turkey over offshore drilling near Cyprus

There are rules in exploring energy resources in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, warning Turkey not to engage in drilling activity that is "illegal" and..
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Pompeo says no country can hold Europe hostage in energy developments

The United States wants to ensure that rules govern exploration of energy sources in the Mediterranean Sea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Athens on Saturday, adding that..
Reuters - Published

Migrant, refugee death toll in Mediterranean tops 1,000 for 6th year: U.N.

More than 1,000 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that this "bleak milestone" has been reached, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
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Five EU states agree migration deal, look for broader backing

Interior ministers from five European Union countries said on Monday they had agreed a new scheme to distribute migrants saved from the Mediterranean in a deal aimed at relieving the pressure on..
Reuters - Published

Top Iran guards commander threatens broad response to any U.S. plots

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday Iran would respond from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean against any U.S. plots, the state news agency IRNA reported, amid heightened..
Reuters - Published

Interpol detects foreign terror suspects in Mediterranean

The global police agency says the suspects were using busy tourist routes between Africa and Europe.
BBC News - Published

Tehran says Iranian tanker unloaded cargo on Mediterranean coast

An Iranian tanker at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers has delivered its cargo after docking somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted a Foreign..
Reuters - Published

Spain rescues almost 200 migrants in the Mediterranean

Almost 200 people were rescued attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Spain on Monday, the coastguard said.
Reuters - Published

Spanish warship with migrants arrives in Spain after Italy row

A group of 15 rescued migrants arrived in Spain on board a Spanish warship on Friday after Italy refused to allow the rescue vessel that had picked them up in the Mediterranean Sea to dock at an..
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Spanish warship picks up 15 migrants to fire political shot

A Spanish warship collected 15 rescued migrants from an Italian port on Tuesday, having sailed halfway across the Mediterranean to fetch the small group in a high-profile maneuver that sharply..
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Ocean Viking ship with 356 migrants on board to dock in Malta: France

The Ocean Viking ship which has been drifting in the Mediterranean for two weeks with rescued migrants on board will dock in Malta after six EU countries reached an agreement, France's interior..
Reuters - Published

Ocean Viking rescue ship awaits port access in latest migrant standoff

Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea have said Italy has ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 migrants ashore, exposing Europe's latest failure to deal with..
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Captain of migrant rescue vessel refuses honor from Paris

The German captain of rescue ships that saved hundreds of migrants' lives in the Mediterranean has turned down Paris's highest civilian award, accusing the city of hypocrisy over the treatment of..
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Greece says it will not help Iranian tanker to reach Syria

Greece will not provide assistance in delivering oil to Syria to an Iranian tanker now sailing eastward through the Mediterranean, Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria: Pompeo

The United States will take every action it can to prevent an Iranian tanker sailing in the Mediterranean from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of U.S. sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..
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Spain offers ports to stranded migrant boat but chastises Italy

Spain on Monday repeated its offer to allow 107 migrants stranded for more than two weeks in the Mediterranean to land in a Spanish port but it criticized Italy for barring them from coming ashore on..
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No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island

In the years before Syria's war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered.
Reuters - Published

Spain says no deal with Italy on migrants, offers its ports

The Spanish government denied on Monday it had agreed with Italy to disembark the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean at a Spanish port in Mallorca, while reiterating its readiness to receive..
Reuters - Published

Spain and Italy deal to disembark migrants in Mallorca: Open Arms

Spain and Italy appear to have struck a deal that will see the 107 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean for 18 days disembark at the Spanish port of Mallorca, Spanish rescue ship Open Arms said on..
Reuters - Published

Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns U.S against seizure attempt

An Iranian tanker headed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any at U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have..
Reuters - Published

Iran tanker row: Detained ship sets sail from Gibraltar

The ship heads into the Mediterranean after Gibraltar rejected a US request to again seize it.
BBC News - Published

Iran tanker prepares to leave after Gibraltar decides to free it: TV

An Iranian oil tanker is being reflagged and is preparing to sail to the Mediterranean, Iran's state television reported on Friday, after Gibraltar decided to free the seized ship.
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker's owner says ship will head to Mediterranean ports - report

The owner of an Iranian oil tanker that was seized off Gibraltar says the ship will head to Mediterranean ports, an Iranian maritime official was quoted as saying on Thursday, after Gibraltar decided..
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United States seeks to seize the Iranian vessel in Gibraltar: newspaper

The United States has applied to seize the Iranian Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar commandeered by British Royal Marines in the Mediterranean last month, complicating a possible tanker swap between Britain..
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Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday: Sun newspaper

The British territory of Gibraltar will on Thursday release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean in July, the Sun newspaper reported, citing sources close to Gibraltar..
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Astronaut Luca Parmitano plays DJ set from International Space Station

Luca Parmitano played from the International Space Station to a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
BBC News - Published

Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet

The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says drill ships continue work in eastern Mediterranean, another en route

Two Turkish drill ships are continuing operations in the eastern Mediterranean and another ship will join them this month, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, as a dispute over natural resources there..
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