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Minister: Greece can defend islands despite Turkey's threats

Oct. 01, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece has the right to take “all defensive measures” to protect its easternmost islands amid threats by neighboring Turkey that dispute Greek sovereignty rights and raise the specter of war, the Greek defense minister said Saturday. Speaking after...

Turkish minister says deadly gun attack was 'America-based'

Oct. 01, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s interior minister on Saturday described a gun attack that killed a police officer in the country’s south as an “America-based” operation. Two suspected Kurdish militants opened fire on security force lodgings in the Mediterranean province of Mersin...

Sweden moves closer to NATO, lifts arms embargo on Turkey

Sep. 30, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Would-be NATO member Sweden on Friday announced it will allow exports of arms to Turkey, which had threatened to block the Scandinavian nation’s application to join the 30-member defense alliance. The decision means that Sweden, which has sought NATO membership...

Turkish president sues German lawmaker over slur

Sep. 30, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing a senior German lawmaker who called him a “sewer rat,” his lawyer said Friday. Mustafa Kaplan confirmed a report by German weekly Der Spiegel that he had filed a criminal complaint for slander and libel against...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 30, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

KIYV, Ukraine (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote for Friday afternoon on a resolution that would condemn Russia for its “illegal so-called referenda” in four Ukrainian regions and declare that they “have no validity.” The U.S.- and...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 28, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — KYIV, Ukraine — The governor of Ukraine's Luhansk region says the number of local voters cited by pro-Russia officials as having participated in a “referendum” on living under Russian rule is inconsistent with the number of people residing in the area after seven months...

Kurdish militants attack Turkish police, kill themselves

Sep. 27, 2022 03:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two suspected Kurdish militants opened fire on police in southern Turkey and later killed themselves by detonating suicide bombs, Turkey’s interior minister said. One police officer was killed in the attack while a second officer and a civilian were wounded. ...

Cyprus seeks UN help to stem asylum-seeker 'avalanche'

Sep. 26, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is seeking help from the United Nations to stem an “avalanche” of migrants who make their way from the ethnically divided island’s breakaway north across a U.N.-controlled buffer zone to seek asylum in numbers that authorities cannot cope with, the interior...

Turkey vows to defend interests against Greece amid tensions

Sep. 26, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday summoned the Greek ambassador to protest the alleged deployment of dozens of U.S.-made armored vehicles to Greek islands which Ankara says should remain demilitarized in line with international treaties. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned,...

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a...