Latest Mediterranean Sea News

US envoy: Potential progress in Lebanon-Israel border talks

Jun. 14, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s president on Tuesday presented suggestions related to the disputed maritime border with Israel to the U.S. envoy mediating between the two countries, the president’s office said. The envoy said the suggestions “will enable the negotiations to go forward.” ...

Hezbollah leader threatens to hit Israel's offshore gas rig

Jun. 09, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group threatened Thursday to strike a gas rig Israel is setting up in the Mediterranean Sea and that Lebanon claims is in a disputed maritime area between the two countries. Israel says the location is part of its...

Long, fraught timeline of tensions over Iran nuclear program

Jun. 09, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

Iran has started removing 27 surveillance cameras installed by U.N. inspectors at nuclear sites around the country, widening a dispute over Tehran's program as it enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels. Here’s a timeline of the major events involving Iran’s...

Japan, NATO step up ties amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Jun. 07, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and NATO officials agreed Tuesday to step up military cooperation and joint exercises as they shared concerns that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is causing a deterioration of the security environment in Europe and Asia. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi...

Lebanon urges US envoy to end maritime dispute with Israel

Jun. 06, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government invited on Monday a U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border to return to Beirut as soon as possible to work out an agreement amid rising tensions along the border. The invitation for Amos Hochstein,...

Supreme Leader acknowledges Iran took Greek oil tankers

Jun. 05, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei acknowledged Saturday that Iran took two Greek oil tankers last month in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf. The confiscations were retaliation for Greece's role in the U.S. seizure of crude oil from an...

Mediterranean nations criticize EU solidarity on migrants

Jun. 04, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Five European Union nations on the Mediterranean who fear possible waves of refugees driven by hunger out of Africa called Saturday for an end to the EU's “voluntary” solidarity on migrants and a better way to redistribute the burden of caring for them. The Interior...

Iran seizes 2 Greek tankers in Persian Gulf as tensions rise

May. 27, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized two Greek oil tankers Friday in helicopter-launched raids in the Persian Gulf, officials said. The action appeared to be retaliation for Athens' assistance in the U.S. seizure of crude oil from an Iranian-flagged...

Dozens of Europe-bound migrants missing off Tunisia's coast

May. 25, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Rescue teams searched Wednesday for dozens of people reported missing after a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Europe capsized off Tunisia's coast. The International Organization for Migration said 30 people were rescued and 75 people were unaccounted for...

Turkey's Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM

May. 23, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he would cease talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and cancel a key meeting between their two governments, accusing the Greek leader of antagonizing Turkey. In a televised address following a...