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Turkey: Bloomberg journalists on trial for report on economy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two reporters for the U.S.-based Bloomberg news agency appeared in court on Friday accused of trying to undermine Turkey's economic stability with a story they wrote on last year's currency crisis. Istanbul-based reporters Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalinkilic face up to five years in prison...

The Latest: Migrant killed by train in North macedonia

Sep. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say a 23-year old Pakistani migrant has died after being hit by a train. The man, identified only by his initials A.I., died late Thursday near the central city of Gradsko. Migrants who...

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Saudi-led group to construct gas pipeline in Bulgaria

Sep. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's state gas operator signed 1.1 billion-euro construction contract ($1.2 billion) with a Saudi-led group Wednesday for building a natural gas pipeline that would carry Russian natural gas from the much larger TurkStream pipeline into parts of Europe. The contract between...

Cyprus president: Turkey's aim for control scuppers peace

Sep. 17, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey is undercutting efforts to quickly revive peace talks aimed at solving Cyprus' decades-long ethnic split by imposing unacceptable terms, the island nation's president said Tuesday. Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey's "obsession" to permanently station troops, secure military...

The Latest: North Macedonia police detain 81 migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle. Police said the...

Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. The trial against Adnan Oktar and 225 of his followers or associates opened in Istanbul on Tuesday. They...

Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Greece: Time for EU to step up and deal with migration issue

Sep. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's migration policy minister says the European Union's Mediterranean states are in a better position to convince other EU partners to help them cope with migrant arrivals. Giorgos Koumoutsakos says the incoming European Commission's priority to forge a new EU migration policy...