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Comment: As Israel and Lebanon begin landmark maritime border talks, Joe Macaron takes an in-depth look at the players and issues involved in these high stakes negotiations.

Lebanon rules out normalisation ahead of Israel border talks

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Lebanon rules out normalisation ahead of Israel border talks

Lebanon will only discuss the maritime border dispute with Israel in indirect talks tomorrow, Aoun said, ruling out the possibility of normalisation talks.

Lebanon names delegation to Israel <em>maritime</em> border talks

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Lebanon names delegation to Israel maritime border talks

Lebanon has named the members of a delegation taking part in maritime border talks with Israel, as the UN says negotiators from both ...

Turkey pulls back drilling ship from Cyprus

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Turkey pulls back drilling ship from Cyprus

Turkey has pulled back a drilling ship from contested waters near Cyprus.

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Turkey unswayed by potential EU sanctions over Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey says it does not intend to stop exploration in the disputed waters.

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Greece, Turkey get hotline to avoid Med clashes: NATO

Greece and Turkey agreed to the talks after a standoff over gas exploration in contested waters led to a dramatic ramping-up of tensions.

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Lebanon, Israel to hold to discuss maritime border disputes

The two sides will hold their first maritime dispute talks in 30 years.

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Pompeo hails 'historic' Israel-Lebanon border talk agreement

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the US-brokered talks as a 'historic agreement'.

US signs 10-year military cooperation pact with Tunisia

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US signs 10-year military cooperation pact with Tunisia

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has signed a 10-year military cooperation agreement on a visit to Tunisia amid a continuing extremist threat in ...

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Rights group slams Egypt's 'execution' of Palestinian fishermen

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has strongly condemned the killing of two brothers that were fishing along the Egypt-Palestine ...

Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them out to sea

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Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them out to sea

The Turkish coast guard says it rescued over 300 migrants 'pushed back by Greek elements to Turkish waters' this month alone.

Erdogan urges dialogue on east Mediterranean, not 'harassment'

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Erdogan urges dialogue on east Mediterranean, not 'harassment'

Erdogan called for "sincere" dialogue to settle the growing row with Greece over Ankara's energy search in the eastern Mediterranean

EU chief warns Turkey not to 'intimidate' neighbours

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EU chief warns Turkey not to 'intimidate' neighbours

The EU's chief warned Turkey against intimidating neighbours Greece and Cyprus.

Turkey blasts southern EU leaders' 'biased' sanctions threat

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Turkey blasts southern EU leaders' 'biased' sanctions threat

Turkey called a statement by southern European leaders threatening sanctions on Ankara 'biased, disconnected from reality and lack a legal basis'

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Aegean angst: Greece and Turkey's dangerous Eastern Mediterranean game

Tensions between Greece and Turkey have ignited a geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Arab League ignores Palestinian call for UAE normalisation rebuke

The Arab League accused Iran and Turkey of interfering in the affairs of Arab countries.

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US envoy reports progress on Israel-Lebanon border talks

Progress has been made to launch talks designed to end the disputed maritime border between Lebanon and Israel, a US official claimed ...

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Turkey, Greece 'start talks' to reduce risk of conflict

Athens has denied agreeing to take part in the discussions announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkey must drop 'threats' for talks to begin: Greece

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Turkey must drop 'threats' for talks to begin: Greece

Tensions are running high over Turkey's drilling activities, which Greece and Cyprus say violate their sovereignty.

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Turkey's defence minister flies F-16 jet over Aegean Sea

'We are not seeking tension,' claimed Turkey's defence minister after flying a fighter jet over the Aegean Sea, where tensions with Greece are ...

Turkey slams US easing of arms embargo on Cyprus

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Turkey slams US easing of arms embargo on Cyprus

Ankara said the move will hinder hopes for 'peace and stability' in the tense eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey stages new military exercises in eastern Mediterranean

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Turkey stages new military exercises in eastern Mediterranean

Turkey said it would carry out "shooting exercises" from Saturday until 11 September near Cyprus, indicating tensions were still high with ...

UN refugee agency urges Greece to probe alleged pushbacks

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UN refugee agency urges Greece to probe alleged pushbacks

UNHCR said it was aware of 'credible reports of people being informally returned to Turkey after reaching Greek soil or territorial waters', ...

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