Lebanon’s Aoun: Talks underway amid disputes with Israel over border wall, energy

Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 08 February 2018
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Lebanon’s Aoun: Talks underway amid disputes with Israel over border wall, energy

BEIRUT, Feb 8 : Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday that talks were underway “to prevent Israeli greed” amid bilateral disputes over a border wall and an offshore energy block in disputed waters.
“Communications are ongoing through the United Nations and friendly states to handle this issue... hoping that Israel does not escalate,” Aoun told a cabinet session, according to his office.
“We will confront any attack” on Lebanon’s territory or waters, he said. 
 


Spain rescues 366 migrants in Mediterranean

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Spain rescues 366 migrants in Mediterranean

BERLIN: Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has rescued 366 migrants attempting the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea this weekend.
The service says that its rescue craft has intercepted 73 migrants traveling in four small boats on Sunday, adding to the 293 migrants it pulled from nine vessels on Saturday.
Driven out by violent conflict and extreme poverty, tens of thousands of migrants attempt to reach Spain and other southern European countries each year by crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers’ boats. Most of the boats are unfit for open water, and thousands drown.
The UN says 636 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year. A total of 22,439 migrants reached European shores, with 4,409 arriving in Spain, through the first four months of 2018.