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France announced it would temporarily boost its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to Turkey's contested oil and gas exploration in the area.

The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a US military official said Thursday.

Italy must pressure Egypt over fate of imprisoned student

Dario Sabaghi

Italy must pressure Egypt over fate of imprisoned student

Comment: Italy should be doing much more to secure the release of researcher Patrick Zaky, who might otherwise face a similar fate to murdered student Giulio Regeni, writes Dario Sabaghi.

EU to discuss Turkey-Greece tensions in Eastern Mediterranean

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EU to discuss Turkey-Greece tensions in Eastern Mediterranean

Ankara resumed gas exploration in the disputed Eastern Mediterranean this week after Athens signed a maritime borders agreement with rival Egypt.

Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey: PM

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Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey: PM

Greece has requested an emergency meeting to discuss an ongoing row with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Greece says Turkish ship in eastern Mediterranean ‘threatening peace’

Greece accused Turkey of “threatening peace” and held a meeting of military chiefs after Turkey deployed a research ship in the hotly contested, gas-rich eastern Mediterranean

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EU: Turkey navy operations in eastern mediterranean 'extremely worrying'

Turkey's resumed search for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean is "extremely worrying", the EU said after Greece and Egypt set up an ...

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Iran demands UN hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran described the interception of a passenger plane by US fighter jets in Syria last month as 'unlawful' and 'adventuristic', calling on the UN ...

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UK angry at 'unacceptably high' Channel migrant numbers

British interior minister Priti Patel deplored the number of migrants crossing into the UK from France.

EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut

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EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut

The European Union will organise a donor conference for reconstruction in addition to supplying $39 million to aid the operation of Beirut's ...

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Iran abducted exiled opponent while in Dubai, family says

Jamshid Sharmahd, a member of a militant Iranian opposition group, appears to have been taken from Dubai to Oman and then onwards to Iran.

Contractor death raises concerns about US conduct in Iraq

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Contractor death raises concerns about US conduct in Iraq

An American contractor died during an altercation with US Marines in Iraq, prompting a trial.

Egypt's military gambit in Libya risks backfiring

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Egypt's military gambit in Libya risks backfiring

Cairo's bellicose rhetoric has raised fears of a wider regional conflict.

Iran moves 'fake US aircraft carrier' to sea

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran moves 'fake US aircraft carrier' to sea

Satellite images released on Monday showed a mock Iranian aircraft carrier was moved to the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Stasa Salacanin

How the West lost influence in Libya's war

Libya's conflict has exposed deep divides within the EU and Nato, leaving non-Western powers to fill the vacuum.

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Turkey, France row over Mediterranean claims

Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the threat of sanctions would 'come to nothing'.

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Macron denounces Turkey's 'violations' of Greek, Cypriot sovereignty

The French President said that it was "not acceptable" for the maritime space of EU member to be threatened and urged that violators "must be ...

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Greece 'will do whatever necessary' in East Med spat

Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas described the Turkish oil-and-gas research mission as a direct violation of Greek sovereignty.

Greek <em>navy</em> on 'heightened readiness' over Turkish activities: official

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Greek navy on 'heightened readiness' over Turkish activities: official

"Navy units have been deployed since yesterday in the south and southeastern Aegean."

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

The geopolitics of ports in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: Ports in the Horn of Africa risk becoming new flashpoints in Middle East rivalries.

Russia 'tested' military-trained dolphins in Syria: report

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Russia 'tested' military-trained dolphins in Syria: report

Satellite images appear to show pens for marine mammals at a Russian naval base in Syria.

Turkey leads anti-piracy maritime mission in Gulf of Aden

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Turkey leads anti-piracy maritime mission in Gulf of Aden

Turkey will lead the Joint Task Force to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Turkey insists on apology from France over naval standoff

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Turkey insists on apology from France over naval standoff

Turkey has accused France of lying, and insists that the French navy had acted aggressively against the Turkish convoy.

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