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In boost to opposition, Kurdish party won't field candidate

Mar. 22, 2023 10:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s pro-Kurdish political party and its allies said Wednesday that they won't field a candidate to run in the country's May 14 presidential election, a move that could boost an opposition bloc's chances of unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With...

Killing of Kurds in northern Syria sparks protests, tensions

Mar. 21, 2023 15:11 PM EDT

JINDERIS, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Kurds took to the streets of the earthquake-ravaged Syrian town of Jinderis on Tuesday to protest the killing of four men as they lit a fire to celebrate the Kurdish new year the night before. The attack on the Kurdish men rekindled tensions...

3 Kurds reportedly shot dead celebrating new year in Syria

Mar. 20, 2023 18:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed opposition fighters in Syria fatally shot at least three ethnic Kurds who were celebrating a holiday late Monday by lighting fires, Syrian opposition activists and pro-government media said. The shooting near the northwestern town of Jinderis, which...

Niinistö: Sweden security OK if Finland joins NATO first

Mar. 19, 2023 11:53 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden won't be in a vulnerable security situation even if Finland joins NATO first, the Finnish president said Sunday, as both Nordic membership candidates negotiate bilateral military pacts with the United States. "It is possible that Finland joins NATO before...

At least 5 killed in mysterious north Iraq helicopter crash

Mar. 17, 2023 10:04 AM EDT

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — A mysterious helicopter crash in northern Iraq has killed at least five people, allegedly including militants belonging to an outlawed Kurdish insurgency group, according to statements Thursday from the Iraqi Kurdish-run counterterrorism agency and the regional government. ...

Erdogan hints Turkey may ratify Finland's NATO membership

Mar. 15, 2023 12:03 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Wednesday that his country may soon ratify Finland’s application to join NATO, allowing for the possibility of the country joining the military alliance separately from Sweden. Alarmed by Russia’s invasion...

Erdogan sets May 14 election date as he seeks to extend rule

Mar. 10, 2023 09:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally set the country’s parliamentary and presidential elections for May 14 — a month earlier than scheduled despite the devastating Feb. 6 earthquake that killed some 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria. ...

Turkey's Presiden Erdogan, seeking to extend his 2 decades in power, sets elections for May 14

Mar. 10, 2023 06:17 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Presiden Erdogan, seeking to extend his 2 decades in power, sets elections for May 14.

Alliance picks main opposition leader to run against Erdogan

Mar. 06, 2023 15:26 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A six-party alliance on Monday nominated main opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu as its common candidate to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in elections in May, ending months of uncertainty and bickering that had frustrated their supporters. ...

Turkish watchdog says it's fining Musk over Twitter takeover

Mar. 06, 2023 11:49 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s competition watchdog said Monday it was fining Twitter owner Elon Musk for taking over the social media platform without first seeking the watchdog's permission. The Turkish Competition board said the billionaire would be required to pay 0.1% of...