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Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Rainstorm floods markets, underpasses in Istanbul; 1 dead

Aug. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy rains have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, flooding streets and basements, stranding drivers on roads and disrupting rail and ferry services. At least one person was found dead inside a flooded underpass, the private DHA news agency reported. Haberturk television said Saturday's...

Turkey: Syria 'safe zone' center to operate next week

Aug. 16, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says a Turkish-U.S. coordination center for a so-called "safe zone" in northern Syria will become fully operational next week. Hulusi Akar also said Friday that Turkey and the United States had reached an agreement concerning the control of airspace over the...

Mexico finds 65 lost Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan migrants

Aug. 15, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say federal police found 65 severely dehydrated and hungry migrants from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka wandering on a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The federal Public Safety Department said Thursday that the migrants recounted a long, complicated trip in a...

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the...

Syria's Aleppo symbol of Assad's wins and of enduring war

Aug. 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore through them, killing 2-year-old Salam and one of her cousins, and incinerated a car nearby with a woman and...

Turkey says US delegation begins work on Syria safe zone

Aug. 12, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says a U.S. delegation has arrived in the country to set up a coordination center for a so-called "safe zone" in Syria, part of an agreement struck last week that appeared to avert a possible new Turkish incursion into Syria. Turkey's defense ministry tweeted Monday that six...

Turkey criticizes US freeze on Venezuela assets

Aug. 9, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has voiced its disapproval of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, saying the move will make matters worse for ordinary Venezuelans who have suffered years of economic hardship. The United States this week froze all Venezuelan government assets in the U.S., putting the country on a...

Cyprus' rival leaders ready to meet UN chief next month

Aug. 9, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of the ethnically divided east Mediterranean island of Cyprus are ready to meet with the U.N. secretary-general next month to map out possible next steps toward a resumption of formal reunification talks, officials said Friday. U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique said in a...

Turkey: Quake damaged nearly 1,000 buildings, official says

Aug. 9, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An official says nearly 1,000 buildings were damaged by Thursday's 6.0-magnitude earthquake in western Turkey. Turkish Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum said Friday that 108 structures in the area were "badly" damaged and 868 others "slightly" damaged. The...