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Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

Dec. 11, 2019 1:08 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election that critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention. Delegates elected Masalyan, 57, as the 85th patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, the...

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Turkey doesn't rule out force to halt drilling off Cyprus

Dec. 11, 2019 7:36 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could use its military forces to halt any exploratory gas drilling in waters off Cyprus that it claims as its own, Turkey's foreign minister warned Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the pro-government A Haber news channel that Turkey “has the right to...

Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Dec. 11, 2019 3:56 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S. lawmakers...

UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

US sanctions individuals suspected of human rights abuses

Dec. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on more than a dozen individuals suspected of human rights violations in six countries and banned two others from entering the United States, including a former Saudi official in Turkey for his alleged role in the murder of...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 1:19 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

Erdogan names Trump, Putin among leaders whom he admires

Dec. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires. In a Q&A with university students, Erdogan said he struggles to name a current...