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Ex-Turkish PM pledges return to parliamentary democracy

Dec. 13, 2019 5:26 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former Turkish prime minister who has launched a splinter party to rival President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Friday a return to a parliamentary democracy and to expand rights and freedoms. Ahmet Davutoglu made the commitment a day after he formally established the breakaway...

Ex-Turkish prime minister forms party challenging Erdogan

Dec. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former Turkish prime minister established a new political party on Thursday, in a move that represents a challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. Ahmet Davutoglu submitted a formal application to register his breakaway “Future Party" with the Interior...

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...

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...

Turkey deports 11 French suspected IS members

Dec. 9, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said Monday. A brief ministry statement said 11 "foreign terrorist fighters" were returned to their home country. It didn't provide details or identify the...

The Latest: Macron wants bigger Europe military role in NATO

Dec. 3, 2019 2:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit in London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron said Europeans should play a greater role within the NATO military alliance in order to be less dependent on the United States. Macron said he wants “more European defense to get ... a...

NATO chief seeks to shore up unity as rows roil allies

Dec. 3, 2019 12:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With questions raised over NATO’s credibility, the Western military alliance struggled to present a united front Tuesday as some of its biggest member countries traded barbs over their visions for the future. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to shore up unity as leaders...

Libya’s eastern parliament condemns deal with Turkey

Nov. 28, 2019 10:28 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern parliament denounced Thursday a maritime and security cooperation deal between the Tripoli-based U.N.-backed government and Turkey as a “flagrant breach” of the country’s security and sovereignty. This parliament is allied with the self-styled Libyan...

Turkey calls on NATO to support its security concerns

Nov. 28, 2019 7:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has called on NATO to support Ankara’s security concerns, accusing allies of backing Baltic countries' security concerns but dismissing threats to Turkey from Syrian Kurdish fighters. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments Thursday. He confirmed media...

Turkey: 2 soldiers killed in mortar fire from Syria

Nov. 28, 2019 5:30 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A mortar attack targeting a Turkish military post near the border with Syria has killed two soldiers, Turkey's defense ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Turkish artillery units immediately returned fire across the border into northeastern Syria after the attack , which took...