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EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 6:10 AM EST

Brussels (AP) — European Union foreign ministers debated Monday how to respond to a controversial agreement between Turkey and Libya that could give Turkey access to a contested economic zone across the Mediterranean Sea. The maritime border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last week, has fueled...

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...

Greek minister heads to Cairo for talks over sea dispute

Nov. 30, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s foreign minister will hold talks in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart on Sunday about agreement between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government to delineate the maritime boundaries between the two countries. Greece, Egypt and Cyprus have strongly criticized...

Cyprus, Greece decry Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Nov. 29, 2019 8:50 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Greece have strongly criticized an agreement between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government to delineate the maritime boundaries between the two countries, describing it as a serious breach of international law that disregards the lawful rights of other eastern...