Standoff on High Seas as Cyprus Accuses Turkey of Blocking Exploratory Drillship in Eastern Mediterranean

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Cyprus on Sunday accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship contracted by Italian oil company Eni from approaching an area to explore for natural gas, highlighting tensions over offshore resources in the east Mediterranean. A spokesman for Eni said on Sunday the Saipem 12000 drill ship had been heading from a … [Read more...]

Italian Court Investigates Whether Smugglers Finance Rescue Boats

By Antonella Cinelli and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - The chief prosecutor of a Sicilian court said on Friday that a task force is looking into whether people smugglers may be financing rescue boats run by humanitarian groups that operate off the coast of Libya. A court task force is conducting "an analysis" - not a criminal investigation - into concerns that some boats … [Read more...]

Second U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Arrives in Mediterranean

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, June 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion. The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group which later this month heads back … [Read more...]

Commercial Ships Scoop Up Desperate Human Cargo

  By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - In October last year, bulk carrier CS Caprice was shipping a cargo of barley across the Mediterranean when it answered a call to help about 500 people who were drifting north of Libya without a skipper. A brewing storm threatened to capsize their tiny fishing boat. "They had no food or water and they had been three … [Read more...]