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Passengers subdue chaotic man on board Turkish Airlines jet

Jun. 15, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jetliner flying to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming a few minutes after takeoff and began smashing an oxygen mask box and then a cabin window before pushing flight attendants aside and rushing toward the cockpit. Associated Press...

Turkey slams southern EU nations on drilling bid off Cyprus

Jun. 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a declaration issued by the...

Turkey to retaliate against any US sanctions over S-400 deal

Jun. 14, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country will retaliate against any possible U.S. sanctions over its deal with Russia for the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system. Defending Ankara's purchase, Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu Agency on Friday that Turkey can choose...

Bloomberg reporters face jail for reports on Turkish crisis

Jun. 14, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-based Bloomberg news agency says Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to five-year jail terms for two of its Istanbul-based reporters over their report on last year's currency crisis. Bloomberg said late Thursday that Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalinkilic have been accused of trying...

Turkey won't bow to US 'ultimatums' on Russia missile system

Jun. 13, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday his country won't bow to "ultimatums" after the United States warned Turkey it was excluding it from the F-35 fighter jet program over its deal with Russia to purchase its S-400 missile defense system. U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

3 life sentences without parole for man who killed 3 Muslims

Jun. 12, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in court Wednesday as one of the victims' relatives fainted, others wept and a man cursed the confessed killer openly. Craig Stephen...

Woman admits scheme to smuggle aircraft parts to Iran

Jun. 11, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to illegally smuggle aircraft parts to Iran. Joyce Eliabachus faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to helping smuggle more than $2 million in components. An alleged co-conspirator, Iranian...

France: 9 children among returned citizens who fled Syria

Jun. 11, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A dozen French citizens - nine of them children - who fled the Syria-Iraq war zone have been transferred back to France. Two French officials said the children and "three jihadis" were discreetly brought to Paris on Tuesday after being arrested in Turkey. The officials were confirming a report...

Greece: 7 dead after migrant boat capsizes off Lesbos

Jun. 11, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A boat carrying dozens of migrants to a Greek island from the nearby Turkish coast capsized early Tuesday, leaving seven people dead, including two children. Greece's coast guard said 57 people had been rescued, while seven people — two girls, four women and a man — were...