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Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year as the Covid-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations.

The US had earlier said the warning shots were fired after more than a dozen Iranian fast attack boats buzzed close to a US Navy submarine.

Lebanese army thwarts smuggling attempt via Mediterranean Sea

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Lebanese army thwarts smuggling attempt via Mediterranean Sea

The economic crisis in Lebanon has pushed many refugees to attempt dangerous sea crossings to European Union member Cyprus and then other countries in recent months.

US ship fires warning shots at Iranian <em>boats</em>

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US ship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

A US vessel fired warning shots at more than a dozen Iranian fast attack boats which buzzed close to a US Navy submarine in the narrow ...

Five migrants drowned, over 700 intercepted off Libya: UN

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Five migrants drowned, over 700 intercepted off Libya: UN

Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya so far this year, a trend that is likely to increase with good summer ...

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Libya coastguard warns Italians against 'illegal' fishing

Libya's coastguard warned against "illegal" fishing in its waters, denying Italian claims it had wounded a fisherman as it fired shots during an operation against four boats from Sicily.

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Lebanon stops attempt to smuggle 51 Syrians to Cyprus

Lebanese security forces stopped dozens of Syrians being smuggled into Cyprus by sea, authorities said on Saturday.

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26 killed in Bangladesh boat accident

Dozens were killed in a maritime accident in Bangladesh on Monday.

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West Africans risk all to leave Tunisia

Facing racist abuse in Tunisia, West Africans are seeking a life-threatening boat trip to Europe for a better life.

Over 600 Europe-bound migrants returned to Libya: navy

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Over 600 Europe-bound migrants returned to Libya: navy

More than 600 migrants hoping to reach Europe from Libya have been stopped since Friday.

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Israeli drone crashes in Gaza after failed rocket launch

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the crash, saying that it occurred during 'routine activity.'

Boat with 24 dead migrants arrives in Spain's Canaries

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Boat with 24 dead migrants arrives in Spain's Canaries

A Spanish maritime rescue vessel arrived with the wooden boat in tow at Tenerife's Los Cristianos port.

US Navy fired warning shots on Iran <em>boats</em>: Pentagon

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US Navy fired warning shots on Iran boats: Pentagon

The crew of the USS Firebolt fired warning shots towards three attack craft operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, after they sped close to ...

Israel approves 'escalated use of force' against besieged Gaza

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Israel approves 'escalated use of force' against besieged Gaza

Israel's security cabinet gave approval ahead of time for PM Netanyahu and defence minister Gantz to command a strike.

Iranian warships 'aggressively' approached US vessels

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Iranian warships 'aggressively' approached US vessels

Warships from Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps 'aggressively' approached two American vessels in Gulf waters earlier this month.

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Explosive-laden 'drone' boat targets Saudi port of Yanbu

The Saudi port of Yanbu experienced an 'incident' in the Red Sea, with warnings of a possible attack.

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Palestinian leadership to meet Thursday to discuss postponing elections

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the elections would be discussed when representatives of all the main factions meet on Thursday.

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Pope Francis says migrant deaths off Libya 'shame'

No survivors were found after a dinghy carrying migrants off Libya had its call for help unanswered until it was too late.

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Lebanon thwarts attempt to smuggle 69 Syrians to Cyprus

The Mediterranean island and Lebanon have an agreement to curb the arrival of migrant boats.

Migrant boat with 130 aboard capsizes off Libya

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Migrant boat with 130 aboard capsizes off Libya

Ten bodies were spotted near a capsized boat off the coast of Libya, which had around 130 people aboard, the SOS Mediteranee charity said.

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Recordings show Libyan, Italian officials left migrants to die

Transcripts of conversations between Italian officials and Libyan coastguard show deliberate neglect of migrant vessels which later sank in the ...

At least 20 dead as boat sinks off Tunisia

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At least 20 dead as boat sinks off Tunisia

At least 20, including a baby, died and several others went missing.

Greek FM travels to Turkey for talks

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Greek FM travels to Turkey for talks

Nikos Dendias will meet with his Turkish counterpart and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Libya releases 'one of world’s most wanted human traffickers'

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Libya releases 'one of world’s most wanted human traffickers'

Abd Al-Rahman Milad was released from prison after being accused of direct involvement in the sinking of migrant boats.

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