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Turkey says it lacks capacity to handle new refugee influx

Sep. 14, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey does not have the capacity to deal with a possible new refugee wave from Afghanistan, the Turkish president told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a telephone call on Tuesday. During the call, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Germany...

Turkey talks with UN over returning Syrian refugees

Sep. 12, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is working with the U.N.’s refugee agency to repatriate Syrians to their home country, the Turkish foreign minister said Sunday. His comments are at odds with the UNHCR’s overall policy towards returning migrants to Syria, a country that it...

Ataturk's legacy sparks row between Greek Cypriots, Turkey

Sep. 09, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The withdrawal of a book from Greek Cypriot high school classes over a disputed reference to modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Thursday triggered a war of words between Turkey and the ethnically-split island nation’s education ministry. ...

Turkey slams Greek 'dreams' to extend territorial waters

Sep. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister reiterated on Thursday that his country will never accept any Greek move to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean sea, dismissing any possible effort by Athens as “empty dreams.” Speaking at a symposium in...

The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

Sep. 07, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must...

Turkey aims to improve ties with Egypt, UAE

Sep. 07, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey continued on Tuesday to reach out to regional rivals Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in a renewed bid to mend frayed ties that have stoked regional tensions. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country was taking “positive...

Turkey says it 'neutralized' 18,500 militants over 6 years

Sep. 05, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has “neutralized” nearly 18,500 people that it calls “terrorists” over the past six years, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. Since the start of this year, that figure was 1,865, spokesperson Maj. Pinar Kara told journalists in Ankara. The...

Turkish, UAE leaders talk on phone as tensions seem to ease

Aug. 31, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken with the United Arab Emirates’ de-facto leader, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, by telephone, Erdogan’s office said late Monday, in a sign of easing tensions between the countries. The two...

The Latest: US says drone strike may have injured others

Aug. 29, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military says a drone strike on a vehicle suspected of being used for a planned attack in Afghanistan may have caused “additional casualties” as well as killed the two Islamic State militants it targeted. An Afghan official has said...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...