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Esper: Turkey faces sanctions if it buys Russian system

Jun. 26, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...

Ship with 42 migrants defies ban and enters Italian waters

Jun. 26, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A German humanitarian group said its ship carrying 42 migrants rescued off Libya two weeks ago has entered Italian waters near the southernmost island of Lampedusa at midday Wednesday in defiance of an explicit ban by the country's hard-line interior ministry. Italian Interior Minister Matteo...

The Latest: Ship with 42 migrants aboard enters Italy waters

Jun. 26, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A German humanitarian group says its ship Sea-Watch 3 carrying 42 migrants rescued at sea two weeks ago has entered Italian waters under emergency provisions, calling the situation on board desperate. Sea-Watch said the...

Greece: Turkey's gas drilling off Cyprus shows 'weakness'

Jun. 25, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The prime minister of Greece says Turkey's ongoing drilling for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights is a sign of "weakness." Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Tuesday of "grave consequences" for Turkey's relations with the European Union and for regional...

Slain journalist's fiancee wants Saudis pressured at G-20

Jun. 25, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi said she hopes Group of 20 leaders put pressure on Saudi Arabia at a summit this week to divulge more information about the killing, ratcheting up a campaign for justice that she also brought to the U.N.'s top human rights body Tuesday. Hatice...

Cypriots mourn ex-President Dimitris Christofias at funeral

Jun. 25, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, trade unionists, European communists and politicians and leaders from Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot community were among those attending a funeral service Tuesday for the country's former president, Dimitris Christofias. Hundreds of people...

Court frees Turkish civil society leader pending verdict

Jun. 25, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has decided to release a civil society leader from detention but kept prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala behind bars pending the outcome of their trial. The two are among 16 people accused of terror charges and organizing anti-government protests in 2013, allegations that...

Turkey's leader vows to heed 'messages' of Istanbul election

Jun. 25, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In his first public appearance since a crushing defeat in a rerun election for mayor of Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to draw lessons and make adjustments in line with "the messages given by the people." Addressing legislators from his ruling party...

US issues Turkey new warning over Russian missile purchase

Jun. 25, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The U.S. envoy to NATO said Tuesday that Turkey will be axed from the high-tech F-35 fighter jet program if it goes ahead with plans to buy Russian S-400 air defense missiles. U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said "there will be a disassociation with the F-35" if NATO member Turkey buys...

Turkish court frees US Consulate worker from house arrest

Jun. 25, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul has released an employee of the U.S. Consulate from house arrest for health reasons. The court on Tuesday ruled, however, that Nazmi Mete Canturk should continue to be barred from leaving the country pending the outcome of his trial. Canturk — along with his wife...