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Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

Jul. 30, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in...

UN demands Turkey, Turkish Cypriots reverse Varosha action

Jul. 29, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday again demanded that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots immediately reverse all actions to reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and backed further talks “in the near future” on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Turkey arrests man behind app linked to 2016 failed coup

Jul. 28, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish-born American believed to be behind a secret messaging application that has been linked to Turkey’s failed 2016 military coup arrived in Istanbul last month where he turned himself in to authorities, the state-run news agency reported Wednesday. ...

Plane carrying Turkish defense chiefs makes forced landing

Jul. 26, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A plane carrying Turkey’s defense minister and other top military officials was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday after it hit a bird, the state-run news agency reported. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the chief of military staff, Gen....

New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids

Jul. 26, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday agreed to repatriate an alleged Islamic State militant and her two young children, who have been detained in Turkey since February. The decision follows a bitter dispute with Australia over which country needed to...

2 Turkish soldiers killed in north Syria; 2 others wounded

Jul. 25, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in northern Syria, Turkey’s defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry tweeted that a Turkish armored vehicle was attacked. The assault occurred Saturday in the so-called...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

Jul. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided...

Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding

Jul. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Press freedom groups expressed concern Friday about comments by Turkish officials about possible legislation to regulate foreign funding for media and the dissemination of fake news, saying it could further curtail independent journalism in Turkey. A top...

Turkey: Boat carrying 45 migrants sinking in Aegean Sea

Jul. 23, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A boat carrying 45 migrants was sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat ran into trouble about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) south of the Greek...

Draft UN statement urges Turkish reversal of Cyprus action

Jul. 21, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and avoid any unilateral actions that could raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island. ...