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Turkey doesn't rule out force to halt drilling off Cyprus

Dec. 11, 2019 7:36 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could use its military forces to halt any exploratory gas drilling in waters off Cyprus that it claims as its own, Turkey's foreign minister warned Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the pro-government A Haber news channel that Turkey “has the right to...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 1:19 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

Concerned EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Brussels (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that some EU countries are concerned over Turkey's controversial maritime border agreement with Libya but that the bloc will continue studying the deal before deciding whether to take action. The maritime deal, endorsed by the Turkish...

Cyprus steps up dividing line patrols amid migrant influx

Dec. 9, 2019 4:38 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Joint police and military patrols are being launched along ethnically split Cyprus' dividing line to counter an influx of migrants crossing from the breakaway north, the country's interior minister said Monday. Nicos Nouris told state broadcaster CyBC that the patrols will be on a...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...

Cyprus to launch Hague court case over Turkey’s gas drilling

Dec. 5, 2019 5:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus says authorities are launching legal action at the International Court of Justice in the Hague against Turkey’s exploratory gas drilling inside Cypriot waters. President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday this is part of his government’s pledge to...

Greece repatriates remains of 6 soldiers from Cyprus

Dec. 5, 2019 5:13 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece is repatriating the identified remains of six soldiers who were killed in action in Cyprus during Turkey’s 1974 invasion that split the island nation along ethnic lines. The soldiers’ relatives were honored during a church service and ceremony in Cyprus on...

Libya health ministry: Airstrike in Tripoli kills 4 children

Dec. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike that hit a civilian area in a southern neighborhood of the Libyan capital killed at least four children, the country’s health ministry said Monday. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April between the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter,...

Greece to ask for NATO’s support in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 1, 2019 11:16 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Sunday he will ask other NATO members at the alliance’s London summit to support Greece in the face of fellow member Turkey’s attempts to encroach on Greek sovereignty, notably last week’s agreement with Libya delineating...