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Cyprus police pick up 21 migrants who crossed dividing line

Oct. 17, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have rounded up 21 people believed to be migrants who crossed over from the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation. Police said the migrants hail from countries including Congo, Mali, Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They...

Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

Oct. 16, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border town's loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional boom of outgoing...

The Latest: 2 N Macedonia officers among suspected smugglers

Oct. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe migrant issues (all times local): 7:20p.m. Authorities in North Macedonia say they broke up a large migrant-smuggling ring and two police officers were among the nine people arrested. Police said the arrests were made during raids on Monday and Tuesday in Skopje...

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

DAMOUR, Lebanon (AP) — Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said. A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds...

Lebanon, Cyprus to work on curbing migrant arrivals by boat

Oct. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lebanon's defense minister said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation. Elias Bou Saab said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart on Tuesday that Lebanon would pass on information to...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

EU nations commit to arms export ban against Turkey

Oct. 14, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations vented outrage Monday at Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria against the Kurds and joined France and Germany in banning arms sales to Ankara, a rare move against a NATO ally for many of them. Many EU foreign ministers were looking beyond a strong statement...

Poland, Russia qualify for Euro 2020; Croatia must wait

Oct. 13, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

Poland and Russia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Sunday, while Gareth Bale's goal forced Croatia to wait after a 1-1 draw with Wales. Germany beat Estonia 3-0 despite playing with 10 men from the 14th minute. Robert Lewandowski set up both goals for Poland as Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw...

France joins Cyprus for naval maneuvers amid gas dispute

Oct. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France and Cyprus are conducting naval maneuvers off Cyprus as the east Mediterranean island nation is embroiled in a tense dispute with Turkey over offshore gas drilling. Two French frigates heading to Syria plan to take part in "routine" exercises in Cypriot waters this weekend, a...

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...