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NATO presses Turkey to drop objections to Sweden's membership as summit looms

Jun. 01, 2023 05:03 AM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — NATO on Thursday ramped up pressure on its member Turkey to drop its objections to Sweden's membership as the military organization seeks to deal with the issue by the time U.S. President Joe Biden and his counterparts meet next month. Fearing that they might be...

European summit opens in Moldova with Ukraine war, regional conflicts on agenda

Jun. 01, 2023 03:56 AM EDT

BULBOACA, Moldova (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived at a sprawling summit of some 50 European leaders in Moldova on Thursday, becoming the focal point of an event that seeks to quell regional conflicts and shore up unity in the face of Russia’s war. The...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 31, 2023 07:44 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 28 The Washington Post on the debt limit Finally, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have reached a deal to avert an embarrassing — and potentially...

US says ‘the time is now’ for Sweden to join NATO and for Turkey to get new F-16s

May. 30, 2023 14:53 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday the “time is now” for Turkey to drop its objections to Sweden joining NATO but said the Biden administration also believed that Turkey should be provided with upgraded F-16 fighters “as soon as possible.” ...

With new mandate secured, Turkey's Erdogan likely to continue engaging with both West and Russia

May. 29, 2023 15:38 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — After securing a strong new mandate in a runoff presidential election, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan could temper some positions that have irritated his NATO allies. But observers predicted that the country's longtime strongman leader is unlikely to depart from his policy...

What 5 more years of Erdogan's rule means for Turkey

May. 29, 2023 13:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection in a runoff Sunday, following a nail-biter first round two weeks earlier. Having secured another five years, Erdogan now faces a host of domestic challenges in a deeply divided country, from a battered economy to pressure for...

Turkey's Erdogan wins another term as president, extends rule into 3rd decade

May. 28, 2023 18:36 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection Sunday, extending his increasingly authoritarian rule into a third decade as the country reels from high inflation and the aftermath of an earthquake that leveled entire cities. A third term gives Erdogan,...

Polls close in Turkey’s presidential runoff election, as Erdogan seeks to extend two decades of rule.

May. 28, 2023 10:03 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Polls close in Turkey’s presidential runoff election, as Erdogan seeks to extend two decades of rule.

As Turkey heads to runoff presidential race, domestic issues loom large

May. 27, 2023 02:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has parlayed his country’s NATO membership and location straddling Europe and the Middle East into international influence, is favored to win reelection in a presidential runoff Sunday, despite a host of domestic issues. ...

Humanitarian group blasts Greece over treatment of asylum-seekers on eastern island

May. 25, 2023 15:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A prominent humanitarian group on Thursday blasted Greece over its treatment of asylum-seekers on the island of Lesbos, repeating allegations of illegal deportations back to Turkey and claiming authorities are using hunger as a weapon against some migrants. ...