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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.

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EU foreign ministers agree on new mission to strengthen Libya arms embargo

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more weapons reaching the warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers agreed on Monday, after Austria..
France 24 - Published

EU agrees new Libya sea patrols after Austria lifts veto

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers agreed on Monday, after Austria lifted its..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Mediterranean Sea

EU to end Mediterranean anti-smuggler mission and tackle Libya arms flow [Video]EU to end Mediterranean anti-smuggler mission and tackle Libya arms flow

#EU foreign ministers have agreed to end the bloc's anti-smuggler operation in the #Mediterranean and launch a new drive targetting the #UN #Libya #armsembargo.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:38Published


Italy strips immunity from far-right Salvini [Video]Italy strips immunity from far-right Salvini

Matteo Salvini could now face trial over accusations of illegally detaining migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:53Published

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

 

Austria blocking EU Libya sea patrols over migrants, diplomats say

Italy is prepared to consider a resumption of maritime patrols in the Mediterranean, a senior official said, but diplomats said Austria is sticking to its objections, in a blow to European efforts to..
Reuters - Published

Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.
Reuters - Published

Italy allows migrant rescue boat to dock after days stranded at sea

A charity ship carrying hundreds of people rescued in the Mediterranean said on Tuesday it had received permission to dock in Italy as European governments tried to agree where the migrants should go.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

Environmental impact of Suez Canal debated 150 years after it was opened

environmental impact of suez canal debated 150 years after it was opened
As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native..
WorldNews - Published

Norway to take 600 migrants moved from Libya camps to Rwanda

norway to take 600 migrants moved from libya camps to rwanda
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway says it will take 600 asylum seekers recently evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers as the Scandinavian country wants to stop the sometimes deadly..
WorldNews - Published

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

Between Ankara and Athens, the eastern Mediterranean is simmering with tensions

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved troop deployments in Libya with an eye to Ankara’s power projection in the eastern Mediterranean. It came on the day Ankara’s arch rival Athens signed a..
France 24 - Published

'Unusual spell' of cold wave grips north India; scientists explain why

An unusual and powerful spell of "Western Disturbances", originating in the Mediterranean sea, has made the Hindi heartland shiver for the past fortnight. Unfortunately, the spell, striking once in..
IndiaTimes - Published

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

The evolution of nationalism in Lebanon: How revolution is shaping a unified identity

the evolution of nationalism in lebanon: how revolution is shaping a unified identity
Damascus: The October of Lebanon has awakened cross-sectarian national sentiment in in the tiny Mediterranean country, after years of slumber imposed by Israel occupations and full-blown Iranian..
WorldNews - 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..
Reuters - Published

EU poised to reject accord between Turkey and Libya

eu poised to reject accord between turkey and libya
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels for a second day on Friday are expected to issue a statement rejecting a Turkey-Libya maritime border deal as invalid and insisting that the pact interferes..
WorldNews - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Gorbachev: Russia and US must avoid 'hot war'

gorbachev: russia and us must avoid 'hot war'
Moscow (CNN)Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev may be remembered today as the man who presided over the collapse of an empire: The recent anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 saw..
WorldNews - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Italian coast guard rescues 143 migrants from capsized boat

italian coast guard rescues 143 migrants from capsized boat
ROME (AP) — A crowded boat filled with migrants capsized in wind-whipped seas near a small Mediterranean island Saturday, sending them tumbling into the water, said the Italian coast guard, which..
WorldNews - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Skin cancer doctor in hot water after papers retracted

For most, sailing the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship is a relaxing escape. But skin cancer expert Professor Anthony Dixon was working.
The Age - Published

"My Number was 453": One migrant shares his story

Ibrahim Kondeh is one of thousands of African migrants who crossed the Mediterranean
CBS News - Published

Exclusive: ‘I don’t want to go back to Libya,’ plead migrants trying to flee

In the third of FRANCE 24’s special reports from Libya, Catherine Norris Trent, Julie Dungelhoeff and Abdallah Malkawi expose the horrors suffered by migrants intercepted by Libyan authorities in the..
France 24 - Published

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

Rescued at sea: how did refugees’ lives in Europe turn out?

rescued at sea: how did refugees’ lives in europe turn out?
In June 2018, Italian photographer Nicoló Lanfranchi joined the last ship patrolling the Mediterranean to save refugees. Then, over many months, he tracked them down to their new homes • Life aboard..
WorldNews - Published

Hurricane-like "medicane" developing in Mediterranean

Some areas may receive a year's worth of rain in one day
CBS News - Published

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

eu parliament votes against improving search and rescue for refugees in mediterranean
The European Parliament has rejected a plan to step-up search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean. An alliance of the far-right and centre-right...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Independent

How did Lebanon become the third most indebted nation?

how did lebanon become the third most indebted nation?
The Lebanese government is relying on oil and gas reserves in the Mediterranean to fuel a bright future, opening up tenders to companies such as France's Total and Russia's Novatek for offshore..
WorldNews - Published

The Mediterranean region needs to build 600.000 households annually by 2025

the mediterranean region needs to build 600.000 households annually by 2025
• Almost 500 million people live in the Mediterranean, 60% of which are under the age of 30. A population that will reach 572 million by 2030. • The real estate sector can contribute to the..
WorldNews - 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.
Reuters - Published

France joins Cyprus for naval manoeuvres amid Turkey gas dispute

France and Cyprus are conducting naval maneuvers off Cyprus as the east Mediterranean island nation is embroiled in a tense dispute with Turkey over offshore gas drilling.
France 24 - Published

Malta agreement: Several EU countries refuse to back migrant boat plan

malta agreement: several eu countries refuse to back migrant boat plan
A large majority of European Union member countries have refused to back a plan to quickly get migrants off boats in the Mediterranean Sea and distribute them among willing EU partners. At a meeting of..
WorldNews - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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

The Kasbah of Algiers, a symbol of Algeria

It’s a series of white houses and narrow streets, all cascading down to the Mediterranean Sea. The Kasbah of Algiers, a UNESCO World Heritage site, usually attracts thousands of tourists each year..
France 24 - Published

Death in the Mediterranean, The Battle Above

Desperation fuels the largest mass migration since WWII in which thousands have died trying to reach Europe by sea; then, David Martin gives a rare look at how a branch of the U.S. Air Force called..
CBS News - 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.
Reuters - Published

UN, coast guard: Boat with 50 migrants capsizes off Libya

un, coast guard: boat with 50 migrants capsizes off libya
Rescuers are attempting to save the lives of over 50 people whose boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The migrants were hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. At least 50 migrants are..
WorldNews - Published

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

interpol detects foreign terror suspects in mediterranean
During the operation Interpol used its vast database to look for signs of illegal activity such as stolen travel documents...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •BBC News

Charity ship rescues 50 African migrants in sea off Libya; Malta gets distress call

charity ship rescues 50 african migrants in sea off libya; malta gets distress call
A charity ship run by humanitarian groups in the Mediterranean spent a rainy Sunday searching open waters for a fragile rubber boat overloaded with migrants before finally plucking 50 people to safety..
WorldNews - 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..
Reuters - Published

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