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Storm with high winds pounds Istanbul; 4 dead, several hurt

Nov. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A powerful storm pounded Istanbul and other parts of Turkey on Monday, killing at least four people and causing havoc in the city of 15 million people, reports said. The victims included a woman who died in Istanbul's Esenyurt district, where strong...

Turkey's Erdogan says he will visit UAE in February

Nov. 29, 2021 07:46 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he plans to pay a return visit to the United Arab Emirates in February as the two countries move to put years of tense relations behind them. Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince visited Ankara last week,...

New country, new name for US citizen 'Enes Kanter Freedom'

Nov. 28, 2021 15:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is changing his name to “Enes Kanter Freedom” to celebrate becoming a United States citizen. Kanter's manager, Hank Fetic, told The Associated Press that Kanter will have his citizenship oath ceremony on Monday...

Asian leaders at economic summit vow to help Afghanistan

Nov. 28, 2021 14:13 PM EST

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — The leaders of several Asian countries called for boosting their economic ties and pledged to provide assistance to Afghanistan during a summit in Turkmenistan on Sunday. The countries, which are part of the 10-member Economic Cooperation...

Ship's master said he spent 50 hours sleepless before crash

Nov. 27, 2021 08:38 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil tanker hit an offshore oil platform at night off Louisiana because its Turkish operating company didn’t give the ship’s master time to recover from days of sleepless travel, federal investigators have found. The master, or person in charge...

AP PHOTOS: Town in Syria's Idlib province transformed by war

Nov. 27, 2021 03:25 AM EST

SARMADA, Syria (AP) — In the opposition-held town of Sarmada near the border with Turkey, thousands of displaced Syrians go about their daily lives with little hope of returning to their homes any time soon. Row upon row of tents, brick homes and other structures with...

Turkish court extends activist's detention despite pressure

Nov. 26, 2021 08:40 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday extended the imprisonment of philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the U.S. and other Western countries after they called for his release. The court’s decision paves the way for the Council of...

Turkish soldier killed on Syrian border: Defense Ministry

Nov. 26, 2021 03:07 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish soldier was killed trying to stop people crossing into Syria, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday. In a statement, the ministry said Infantry Specialist Sergeant Savas Dinc was wounded “during the intervention (against) people trying to...

Turkish police tear-gas women protesting over violence

Nov. 25, 2021 15:23 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Thursday fired tear gas to break up a protest in Istanbul by women demanding the country’s return to a landmark international treaty, signed in the same city, that is meant to protect women from violence. The women marched along...

Official: Human error likeliest cause of Bulgaria bus crash

Nov. 25, 2021 10:20 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Human error is believed to be the most likely cause of the fiery bus crash in Bulgaria that killed 44 people, including 12 children, early Tuesday, a Bulgarian official said Thursday. The bus, which officials said had 52 people on board, mostly...