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UN official: Libya elections could be rescheduled for June

Jan. 17, 2022 16:47 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official said she is pushing for Libya to hold elections by June, after the county missed a December deadline to elect its first president since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Stephanie Williams, the U.N. special adviser...

Turkish leader Erdogan visits Albania to boost ties

Jan. 17, 2022 13:07 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania and Turkey on Monday pledged to further boost their ties and increase their economic and cultural relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Albania to talk with Prime Minister Edi Rama on strengthening bilateral ties and also...

Turkish court rules to keep philanthropist Kavala in prison

Jan. 17, 2022 09:09 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court ruled Monday that prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala should stay in prison, despite his more than four years in pre-trial detention. The hearing took place as a Council of Europe deadline that could trigger...

German journalist acquitted of terror charges in Turkey

Jan. 17, 2022 08:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has acquitted German journalist Mesale Tolu after years on trial for terror-related charges. “After 4 years, 8 months and 20 days: Acquitted of both charges!” Tolu tweeted after her acquittal. She was accused of engaging in terror propaganda and...

Spanish police bust large heroin ring, arrest 10 in raids

Jan. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested the leading smuggler of heroin into the European country in a bust that took a total of 10 people into custody and confiscated 55 kilograms of the drug, police said on Sunday. Police said that the ring based in the central...

French presidential candidate says strong EU borders needed

Jan. 14, 2022 14:52 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — French presidential candidate Valerie Pecresse stressed the need for strong European borders Friday, during a visit to Greece that will also see her visit a camp for asylum seekers on an Aegean island used by migrants to enter Europe from neighboring Turkey. ...

Turkish, Armenian envoys meet in bid to end chilly relations

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Special envoys from Turkey and Armenia met in Moscow on Friday for a first round of meetings aimed at ending decades of bitterness between their countries and establishing diplomatic ties. Both countries said the meeting was conducted in a “positive and constructive atmosphere." ...

Greek crews find 2nd body where torrent swept away migrants

Jan. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities have found the body of a woman believed to be the wife of an Iranian who drowned crossing a rain-swollen torrent, as the couple and several other migrants trekked through the hills of northern Greece to avoid police patrols. The fire...

Migrant drowns in swollen torrent as storms lash Greece

Jan. 12, 2022 13:57 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — One man was swept away and drowned and a woman was missing after a group of migrants trekking through the hills of northern Greece to avoid police patrols crossed a swollen torrent amid rainstorms Wednesday, authorities said. Police said the Iranian...

Strong earthquake shakes Cyprus, Turkey, no damage reported

Jan. 11, 2022 08:32 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 rattled the small island nation of Cyprus and was felt throughout the east Mediterranean region, the country's Geological Survey Department said on Tuesday. No damage or injuries have so far been reported. ...