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Turkish firefighters battle massive blaze near the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris

Turkish firefighters were battling a blaze for a third day Friday near the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris, in the same area that was hit last year by the worst fires in the country’s history. Footage showed smoke billowing from hills as the blaze spread through the woodlands in the sparsely populated area, with helicopters […]

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At least 35 people presumed dead after boat capsizes off Libya’s coast

At least 35 people are presumed dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations migration agency said on Saturday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha, a major launching point for people from Africa who attempt to make the dangerous voyage […]

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Rare Mediterranean snowstorm shuts Istanbul Airport, flight operations affected

Europe’s busiest airport shut down in Istanbul as a rare snowstorm blanketed swathes of the eastern Mediterranean region, causing blackouts and traffic havoc. The closure of Istanbul Airport, where the roof of one of the cargo terminals collapsed under the heavy snow, causing no injuries, grounded flights stretching from the Middle East and Africa to […]

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Bodies of more than a dozen drowned migrants wash up on Libya’s coastline

The bodies of more than a dozen migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe washed up on Libya’s coastline, its interior ministry and the local Red Crescent said. Libya is a major transit point for migrants, many from African countries, who are seeking better opportunities in Europe. Mohamed Abushaala, the head of […]

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Large explosion rocks Palestinian camp in Lebanon’s port city of Tyre, dozen wounded

A large explosion has rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, causing a number of injuries, state media reported. A Palestinian source inside the camp told Reuters that at least 12 people had been injured and there were an unknown number of fatalities after the blast late on Friday. Local […]

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Italy: Two dead as rare Mediterranean hurricane triggers floods in Sicilian city of Catania

Flooding triggered by a powerful storm has overwhelmed the Sicilian city of Catania, killing at least two people. Fierce storms battered southern Italy for a third day on Tuesday, leaving roads completely submerged in parts of the island of Sicily. Forecasters say eastern Sicily is being hit by a rare Mediterranean hurricane, known as a […]

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6.0 magnitude earthquake off the Greek island of Karpathos shakes towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean

An earthquake struck off the Greek island of Karpathos early on Tuesday, shaking towns and cities across the eastern Mediterranean. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, however. “Really felt that one … Lasted for 30 seconds,” a witness in Lindos, Rhodes, said in a posting on the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s […]

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Spain: Lifeless bodies of migrants wash up on the beaches in Almeria

Bodies of eight migrants washed up on the shores of southern Spain over the past two days. They included three women and a child. “Between Sunday and Tuesday morning, eight bodies were found along the shore … who came from one or more boats,” the Almeria authorities said. The Guardia Civil police were investigating, they […]

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Syria intercept Israeli missiles along the Mediterranean coast; 1 dead, 6 injured

Syrian air defences have intercepted an Israeli attack on several areas in northwest Syria, including the port city of Latakia along the Mediterranean coast, killing one person and wounding six, Syrian state media said. The Israeli dawn attack on Wednesday also hit the town of Hifa, east of Latakia, and Masyaf in Hama province. SANA […]

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Migrant boat en route to Italy sinks off Tunisia in the Mediterranean; 20 dead, several missing

At least 20 migrants died after their boat sank off Tunisia on Thursday while trying to cross the Mediterranean, a Tunisian security official said. The Tunisian coast guard rescued five people and were searching for about 20 others who were still unaccounted for, officials say. “The boat sank about six miles from the coast of […]