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Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria 'safe zone' plans

Sep. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

Greece: Turkey 'continues to provoke' over Cyprus

Sep. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Tuesday that Turkey "continues to provoke" in its approach towards ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and that Ankara was becoming isolated internationally. Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the comments during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President...

Turkey: Turkish Cypriot power parity key to new peace talks

Sep. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Relaunching talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus encountered another obstacle Monday when Turkey's foreign minister said Greek Cypriots had to agree Turkish Cypriots would have decision-making parity in governing the country before negotiations could resume. The minority...

Destination remains obscure for Iran oil tanker sought by US

Aug. 31, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. on Friday again listed its destination as Turkey but the Turkish foreign minister added to the confusion by saying the vessel is headed to Lebanon — statements that were promptly denied in Beirut as America's top diplomat...

Syrian troops to start unilateral cease-fire in Idlib

Aug. 30, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces will soon begin a unilateral cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province, Russia's military said Friday, as hundreds of protesters were met with tear gas marching toward a border crossing with Turkey demanding that Ankara either open the border for refugees or work on...

Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country's northwest

Aug. 24, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MOREK, Syria (AP) — A heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek stood surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops Saturday, a testament to the rapid advance of President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria's northwest over the past three weeks as rebel defenses collapsed....

Syria retakes territory in NW held by rebels since 2012

Aug. 23, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012, the Syrian army and a war monitoring group said...

Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

Aug. 20, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The main insurgent group in the Syrian province of Idlib pulled out of a key rebel town as government forces advanced in the area on Tuesday amid intense bombardment and airstrikes, a militant group and opposition activists said. As the militants withdrew, government troops moved into...

Turkey says deal with US for safe zone in Syria a good start

Aug. 8, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Thursday the deal it has reached with Washington to set up a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria is a good start but warned against delays in implementation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after the U.S. and Turkey announced they...

Turkey sends delegation to China to observe Uighur situation

Jul. 30, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says a delegation will visit China's northwestern Xinjiang region to observe the situation of minority Uighur Turks. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday that Turkey accepted an invitation from China to visit Xinjiang and will send 10 officials. He told...