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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis is anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey. In a tweet Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Turkey’s energy ministry said the Oruc Reis had returned to port in Antalya after completing two-dimensional seismic research in the Demre field. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish research ship in port after Mediterranean survey

Nov. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish research vessel at the heart of a Mediterranean Sea energy dispute between Turkey and Greece is back in port in an apparent bid to ease tensions ahead of a European Union summit where potential sanctions against Ankara will be discussed. In a tweet Monday, Turkey’s energy...

Turkey probes German navy's search of Libya-bound freighter

Nov. 27, 2020 5:44 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Friday into the search of a Turkish commercial freighter by the crew of a German frigate participating in a European Union mission to enforce an arms embargo on Libya. Turkey has protested the incident on the Mediterranean Sea, insisting...

Soldiers stand at the entrance of a courthouse before the trial of 475 defendants, including generals and fighter jet pilots, in Sincan, Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. A Turkish court sentenced several military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences on Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 2016, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo)

Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup

Nov. 26, 2020 12:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. A total of 475 defendants, including some...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, front right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkish complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors behaved correctly. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

Nov. 24, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats...

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Turkey seeks approval to deploy peacekeepers in Azerbaijan

Nov. 16, 2020 5:23 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government submitted a motion to parliament on Monday seeking its approval to deploy peacekeepers to monitor a cease-fire agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the state-run news agency reported. Turkey, which threw its weight behind its ally Azerbaijan in the...