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Mediterranean Sea: Sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean between Europe, Africa and Asia
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant. Although the sea is sometimes considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is usually referred to as a separate body of water. Geological evidence indicates that around 5.9 million years ago, the Mediterranean was cut off from the Atlantic and was partly or completely desiccated over a period of some 600,000 years during the Messinian salinity crisis before being refilled by the Zanclean flood about 5.3 million years ago.

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Blue jellyfish swarm power station [Video]

Blue jellyfish swarm power station

Swarms of blue jellyfish washed up from the Mediterranean Sea, threatening to clog one of Israel's power stations on Thursday (July 9). A turtle was also caught amongst the throng, and was later..

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It's electrifying! Blue jellyfish clog power station [Video]

It's electrifying! Blue jellyfish clog power station

Swarms of blue jellyfish washed up from the Mediterranean Sea, threatening to clog one of Israel's power stations on Thursday (July 9). A turtle was also caught amongst the throng, and was later..

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Entangled sperm whale freed by Italian Coastguard from illegal nets off Aeolian Islands [Video]

Entangled sperm whale freed by Italian Coastguard from illegal nets off Aeolian Islands

A ten-metre-long male sperm whale, which was entangled in fishing nets, has been freed by the Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea. The illegal fishing net had prevented the whale from moving..

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Migrant rescue operations continue in the Mediterranean despite COVID-19 pandemic | #TheCube [Video]

Migrant rescue operations continue in the Mediterranean despite COVID-19 pandemic | #TheCube

Migrant rescue operations continue in the Mediterranean despite COVID-19 pandemic | #TheCube

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Turkey's growing war of words with Greece and Cyprus over Mediterranean drilling [Video]

Turkey's growing war of words with Greece and Cyprus over Mediterranean drilling

Turkey's growing war of words with Greece and Cyprus over Mediterranean drilling

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28 migrants test positive after sea rescue [Video]

28 migrants test positive after sea rescue

Dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean have tested positive for coronavirus while being held on a quarantine ship off the southern Italian coast, Sicily's regional president Nello Musumeci..

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Hundreds of rescued migrants arrive in Italy [Video]

Hundreds of rescued migrants arrive in Italy

Rescued from smugglers boats in the Mediterranean Sea, it's the first time a rescue ship has been allowed to dock in Italy since ports were closed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Migrant rescue ships return to the Mediterranean after lockdown [Video]

Migrant rescue ships return to the Mediterranean after lockdown

As they return to the seas for the first time since April, rescue ship operators say migrants fleeing Libya's humanitarian crisis are undeterred by Europe's coronavirus outbreakView on euronews

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Turkey's deserted resorts face make-or-break week [Video]

Turkey's deserted resorts face make-or-break week

Turkey's Mediterranean coasts and historic attractions face a critical week as the government presses to open borders and salvage at least part of a tourist season. Ciara Lee reports

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Turkey says may begin oil exploration under Libya deal in three-four months

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Migrants stuck on merchant ship disembark in Libya: IOM

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Libya stops nearly 400 migrants attempting to cross to Europe: IOM

Libya's coastguard has stopped nearly 400 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean in five boats in the past two days, the United Nations migration agency said on Monday.
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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Mediterranean Sea: EMSC

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck in the central Mediterranean Sea region early on Thursday, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
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Canadian military helicopter crashes in sea off Greece; 1 dead, 5 missing

One body has been recovered and five people are missing after a Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on..
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Canadian military helicopter crashes in Mediterranean: NATO

A Canadian military helicopter crashed in the Mediterranean off the coast of Greece on Wednesday, prompting a search and rescue mission, NATO said in a statement on Thursday, after Canada had confirmed..
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Russia sends two warships armed with cruise missiles to Syria's coast - Ifax

Russia is sending two warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles to the Mediterranean Sea towards the Syrian coast, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's Black Sea Fleet as saying on Friday.
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French Riviera city cancels carnival over coronavirus fears

The French Mediterranean city of Nice has canceled the last major day of its carnival due to concerns over the spreading coronavirus outbreak in Europe, its mayor said on Wednesday.
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France stands by Greece over tensions in Aegean Sea: French defense minister

France will stand by Greece and Cyprus, supporting both in their disputes with Turkey over maritime zones in the Mediterranean, French Defence Minister Florence Parly was quoted saying in a Greek..
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EU agrees new Libya sea patrols after Austria lifts veto

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers agreed on Monday, after Austria lifted its..
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Austria blocking EU Libya sea patrols over migrants, diplomats say

Italy is prepared to consider a resumption of maritime patrols in the Mediterranean, a senior official said, but diplomats said Austria is sticking to its objections, in a blow to European efforts to..
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Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.
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Italy allows migrant rescue boat to dock after days stranded at sea

A charity ship carrying hundreds of people rescued in the Mediterranean said on Tuesday it had received permission to dock in Italy as European governments tried to agree where the migrants should go.
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Militants attack Syria's Banias refinery: oil ministry

Militants attacked Syria's Banias refinery near the Mediterranean coast, sending divers to plant explosives on underwater pipelines, Syria's oil ministry said on Monday.
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Norway to take 600 Libya evacuees from Rwanda camp

Norway this year will take in 600 people evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers, the Nordic country said on Wednesday as it sought to discourage the smuggling of refugees across the..
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Israel opposes Turkey-Libya maritime border accord

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Turkish drone lands on Turkish Cyprus for energy exploration: official

A Turkish drone meant to help seek hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean landed at an airport on the divided island of Cyprus on Monday, a Turkish official said, in a move that could further stoke..
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Erdogan: Turkey and Libya can conduct joint explorations in eastern Med

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Syria's oil minister says production unit in Banias refinery damaged in explosion

An explosion took place in one of the production units of Syria's Banias refinery near the Mediterranean coast during maintenance operations, Syria's oil minister said on Thursday.
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Rescue ship with 104 migrants on board seeks help from EU nations

An NGO which runs the Mediterranean rescue ship Ocean Viking, with 104 migrants onboard, called on European authorities on Monday to designate a safe disembarkation spot.
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Tehran says Iranian tanker unloaded cargo on Mediterranean coast

An Iranian tanker at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers has delivered its cargo after docking somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted a Foreign..
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Almost 200 people were rescued attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Spain on Monday, the coastguard said.
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Spanish warship with migrants arrives in Spain after Italy row

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Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns U.S against seizure attempt

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