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Car-bomb attack in northern Syria kills 3 Turkish soldiers

Jan. 17, 2020 7:53 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bombing has killed three Turkish soldiers in a Turkish-controlled area in northern Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the attack occurred late on Thursday as the soldiers were carrying out road checks in northern Syria, in an area that is under the control...

Turkish news agency says staff members detained in Cairo

Jan. 15, 2020 7:46 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency said Wednesday that Egyptian police raided its office in Cairo and detained four of its staff members. Anadolu Agency said it had no information on where its employees, including one Turkish citizen, were taken following the raid late Tuesday. The...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russia downplays failed Libya talks before Berlin summit

Jan. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia sought Tuesday to downplay the collapse of talks that sought to secure a cease-fire in Libya after the country's rival leaders left Moscow without reaching an agreement, an outcome that cast a shadow on an upcoming Libya summit hosted by Germany. Russia and Turkey proposed a...

The Latest: Int'l group to press Iran for plane crash probe

Jan. 10, 2020 11:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on Iran-related developments (all times local): 8 p.m. Canada's foreign minister has announced the creation of an international working group of countries to press Iran for a thorough investigation into the plane crash that killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians. Foreign...

Turkey says 4 of its soldiers killed in northeast Syria

Jan. 9, 2020 6:30 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says four Turkish soldiers have been killed in northeastern Syria. The ministry said the soldiers were killed in a car bombing attack Wednesday while they were conducting road checks. The Turkish military death toll stands at 20 since October, when Turkey launched...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver a speech at an event in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorised the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli battle forces loyal to a rival government that is seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency session in favour of a one-year mandate allowing the government to dispatch troops amid concerns that Turkish forces could aggravate the conflict in Libya and destabilise the region. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Erdogan says Turkey already sending soldiers to Libya

Jan. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Sunday that the country was deploying military units to Libya, where Ankara is supporting the embattled U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli. Turkey’s parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Libya on Thursday, following a separate deal on...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019 file photo, refugee women walk with their children on a main street, in Ankara, Turkey.  Turkey currently host about four million Syrian refugees and faces a possible new refugee influx from Syria, where Russian and Syrian government forces have redoubled their offensive in Idlib, the last rebel-held province.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, FILE)

Migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast, 8 killed

Jan. 3, 2020 8:09 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast, killing eight people, Turkey's Interior Ministry said Friday. A search-and-rescue mission continued for about seven migrants thought to be missing. A ministry statement said a rubber boat with about 15 people on board went down...

Nationalist lawmakers chat before Turkey's parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli battle forces loyal to a rival government that is seeking to capture the capital, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency session in favor of a one-year mandate allowing the government to dispatch troops amid concerns that Turkish forces could aggravate the conflict in Libya and destabilize the region.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish lawmakers authorize sending troops to fight in Libya

Jan. 2, 2020 5:13 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is battling forces loyal to a rival government seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency session in favor of a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Fayez al Sarraj, the head of Libya's internationally recognised government, prior to their talks in Istanbul, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.  Turkey and Libya had reached an agreement on the delineation of maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean, in November. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey seeks parliament approval to dispatch troops to Libya

Dec. 30, 2019 12:48 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government on Monday submitted a motion to parliament seeking approval to deploy troops to Libya, arguing that the conflict in the North African country could escalate into a civil war and threaten Turkey's interests. Legislators have been summoned to an emergency session in...

Turkey detains 124 suspected of links to the IS group

Dec. 30, 2019 6:24 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police in Turkey detained at least 124 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency reported Monday, in an apparent sweep against the militant group ahead of New Year celebrations. At least 33 foreign nationals were detained in the capital Ankara in...