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Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...

Turkey: Anti-LGBTQ display reflects nation's political shift

Sep. 23, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The 25-year-old translator by day and trans drag performer by night felt overwhelming panic and anxiety when several thousand demonstrators gathered and marched Sunday in Turkey to demand a ban on what they consider gay propaganda and to outlaw LGBTQ organizations. ...

Ukraine’s Mariupol defenders, Putin ally in prisoner swap

Sep. 22, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine announced a high-profile prisoner swap early Thursday that was the culmination of months of efforts to free many of the Ukrainian fighters who defended a steel plant in Mariupol during a long Russian siege. In exchange, Ukraine gave up a prominent ally of Russian...

6 migrants reported missing after boat reaches Greek beach

Sep. 22, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities mounted a sea-and-air search for six people reported missing by a group of migrants found Thursday on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Leros after crossing from the nearby Turkish coast in an inflatable dinghy. A separate operation was...

Central banks worldwide tighten policies to cool inflation

Sep. 22, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

The U.S. Federal Reserve has been the most aggressive in using interest rate hikes to cool inflation that is battering both households and businesses this year. This week, central banks from Asia to England followed suit to varying degrees and using different economic tools to tame rising prices...

Turkey's central bank makes big rate cut amid 80% inflation

Sep. 22, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s central bank delivered another massive interest rate cut Thursday despite eye-popping inflation above 80%, moving the opposite way from world economies that are raising rates to control prices as the lira sunk to record lows. The Central Bank of the...

Crew extinguishes fire on oil tanker in Gulf of Finland

Sep. 22, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A crude oil tanker caught fire in the Gulf of Finland but the crew was able to extinguish the flames, Finnish and Estonian rescue officials said Thursday. The fire broke out on the 250-meter (820-foot) ship Alexia, 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of the Finnish...

Russians rush for flights out amid partial reservist call-up

Sep. 21, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine. Flights filled up quickly and...

Helicopter crashes en route to Turkish wildfire; 2 killed

Sep. 21, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A firefighting helicopter crashed Wednesday as it headed to the Turkish port of Marmaris to combat a wildfire, killing two Russian crew members, Turkey's minister of agriculture and forestry said. The minister, Vahit Kirsci, said two Turkish citizens and three...

Former Pakistani government minister visits Israel

Sep. 21, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A delegation of Pakistanis, including a former government minister, met Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the leader of the group and trip organizers said. Pakistan is among the countries that has no diplomatic relations with Israel...