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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the leaders of the G20 Leaders' Summit with an introductory video message from his Vahdettin Pavilion, in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Saudi Arabia is hosting the virtual meeting of G-20 leaders on Saturday and Sunday in line with coronavirus restrictions.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Erdogan says Turkey's place is in Europe before EU summit

Nov. 22, 2020 9:05 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey sees itself as a part of Europe, but he called on the European Union to “keep your promises” on issues such as the country's membership bid and refugees. He spoke before an EU summit due to be held next...

Turkey reports record daily number of new COVID-19 patients

Nov. 21, 2020 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey recorded its highest daily number of new COVID-19 patients Saturday as the country's first weekend curfew since June came into force. The Health Ministry said 5,532 people with symptoms were diagnosed in 24 hours, some 400 more than were recorded on the previous record day in...

Chief Afghan peace envoy says US troops pulling out too soon

Nov. 21, 2020 8:23 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Afghanistan's chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that the U.S. decision to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has come too soon, as his country is still struggling to attain peace and security amid an ongoing conflict. In an interview with The Associated Press,...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, participates in a teleconference with G20 leaders amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Istanbul. The Nov. 21-22, 2020, Group of 20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, will be held online this year because of the coronavirus. The pandemic has offered the G-20 an opportunity to prove how such bodies can facilitate international cooperation in crises — but has also underscored their shortcomings. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool, File)

Turkish, Saudi leaders speak by phone ahead of G20 summit

Nov. 21, 2020 2:18 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman by phone ahead of the G-20 virtual summit hosted by the kingdom, the president’s office said Saturday. The leaders discussed improving relations between the two countries, the statement said....

Turkish central bank hikes rates to support currency

Nov. 19, 2020 7:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, when it held its first meeting under its new chief, in a bid to tame inflation and to prop up the struggling currency. The bank said it was raising the one-week repo rate by 4.75 percentage points to 15%. The...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi King Salman, chairs a video call of world leaders from the Group of 20 and other international bodies and organizations, from his office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Nov. 21-22, 2020, Group of 20 summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, will be held online this year because of the coronavirus. The pandemic has offered the G-20 an opportunity to prove how such bodies can facilitate international cooperation in crises — but has also underscored their shortcomings. (Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)

Online G-20 summit lacks glam, and maybe results, amid virus

Nov. 19, 2020 1:03 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This weekend’s summit of leaders from the Group of 20 stands out more for what it is not than for what it is. Held online this year because of the coronavirus, the gathering of leaders of the world's preeminent rich and developing nations will not be an opportunity...

People line up outside a popular pub and restaurant in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, emerged from a lockdown at midnight Tuesday, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

The Latest: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state

Nov. 17, 2020 10:56 PM EST

SYDNEY — The Australian state of South Australia will begin a six-day lockdown at midnight Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. Only one person from each household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for specific reasons. The restrictions also require most factories...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks following a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Turkey is re-introducing a series of restrictions, including partial weekend lockdowns, in a bid to slow the surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish parliament approves peacekeepers for Azerbaijan

Nov. 17, 2020 3:48 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia that aims to end the conflict in the region. In a show of hands, legislators...

Ethnic Armenians refugees greet each other as they return to Stepanakert, the capital of the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Russian peacekeepers have started to move into the region, a total of 1,960 of them are to be sent in under a five-year mandate. Russia's Defense Ministry reported that the peacekeepers accompanied about 1,200 people returning to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia since Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Armenians return to Nagorno-Karabakh after cease-fire

Nov. 17, 2020 2:58 PM EST

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Joyous scenes of smiles and hugs could be seen Tuesday on the main square of Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, as ethnic Armenians returned to their homeland a week after a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan halted the fighting that had raged over the...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, before departing the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Pompeo's stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the U.S. administration, officials said.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

Nov. 17, 2020 9:51 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Tuesday during a short trip to Turkey that raised the ire of Turkish officials and included no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country tour of...