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US-backed Afghan peace meeting postponed, as Taliban balk

Apr. 21, 2021 06:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An upcoming international peace conference that was meant to move Afghanistan's warring sides to a power-sharing deal and ensure an orderly U.S. exit from the country has been postponed, its sponsors announced Wednesday, citing a lack of prospects for meaningful...

Cyprus president in Athens before Geneva talks

Apr. 21, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The president of the ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus met with Greece’s prime minister on Wednesday before informal talks to be held in Switzerland next week. The Geneva talks will be attended by representatives of Turkish Cypriots and...

Turkey's Erdogan fires trade minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Apr. 21, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired the country's trade minister Wednesday following allegations that her husband’s company received a tender to sell disinfectants to the ministry. In a mini Cabinet reshuffle, Erdogan also split the...

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over contacts with Syrian Kurds

Apr. 20, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned Sweden's ambassador on Tuesday to protest Swedish government officials’ contacts with Syrian Kurdish groups that Ankara classifies as terror organizations, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said. During the meeting with...

Turkey probes human trafficking using official passports

Apr. 19, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Interior Ministry has launched a probe into six more municipalities in connection with an alleged human smuggling scheme where Turkish citizens wanting to migrate to Europe were, in exchange for a fee, issued special state passports allowing them visa-free...

Turkey reports record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Apr. 18, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Sunday reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Health Ministry data. The 318 deaths confirmed in 24 hours took the country’s total pandemic death toll to 35,926. The Health...

Greek, Turkish FMs meet to mend ties, trade barbs instead

Apr. 15, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A meeting aimed to improve fraught ties between NATO allies Greece and Turkey quickly descended into a tense exchange of accusations between the two neighbors' foreign ministers on Thursday. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Ankara...

Turkish central bank maintains key rate unchanged at 19%

Apr. 15, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank on Thursday kept a key interest rate unchanged at 19%, in its first rate decision since the surprise appointment of a new governor that shook confidence in the country's economy. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month...

Rocket attack on base in northern Iraq kills Turkish soldier

Apr. 15, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A rocket attack targeting a Turkish military base in northern Iraq killed one soldier and wounded a child in a nearby village, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said in a statement that three rockets were launched at the base in...

Former Turkish prime minister Yildirim Akbulut dies aged 85

Apr. 14, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yildirim Akbulut, who served as Turkey's prime minister during the First Gulf War and also oversaw an influx of ethnic Turkish refugees from Bulgaria, died Wednesday aged 85, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Akbulut died at Ankara University...