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Greece: Turkey's gas drilling off Cyprus shows 'weakness'

Jun. 25, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The prime minister of Greece says Turkey's ongoing drilling for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights is a sign of "weakness." Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Tuesday of "grave consequences" for Turkey's relations with the European Union and for regional...

Cypriots mourn ex-President Dimitris Christofias at funeral

Jun. 25, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, trade unionists, European communists and politicians and leaders from Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot community were among those attending a funeral service Tuesday for the country's former president, Dimitris Christofias. Hundreds of people...

Turkey's leader vows to heed 'messages' of Istanbul election

Jun. 25, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In his first public appearance since a crushing defeat in a rerun election for mayor of Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to draw lessons and make adjustments in line with "the messages given by the people." Addressing legislators from his ruling party...

US issues Turkey new warning over Russian missile purchase

Jun. 25, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The U.S. envoy to NATO said Tuesday that Turkey will be axed from the high-tech F-35 fighter jet program if it goes ahead with plans to buy Russian S-400 air defense missiles. U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said "there will be a disassociation with the F-35" if NATO member Turkey buys...

Criticism as Turkey puts 16 on trial for anti-govt protests

Jun. 24, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others went on trial in Turkey Monday accused of organizing anti-government protests in 2013, with defendants and rights groups calling the charges baseless and aimed at silencing civil society activities. The prosecutor claims the defendants,...

After big win, new Istanbul mayor hopes to mend party fences

Jun. 24, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Voters in Istanbul delivered a stunning victory to Turkey's secular opposition in a repeat election for mayor Sunday. The opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, finished way ahead, breaking the grip of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party on Turkey's most important city. Here's a look at...

Cyprus minister: Turkey complicit in migrant trafficking

Jun. 24, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' interior minister is accusing Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots of helping to traffick migrants to the internationally recognized southern part of the ethnically split island nation. Constantinos Petrides told state radio Monday it's "now certain" that a mass influx of...

For Turkey's Erdogan, a challenge in former stronghold

Jun. 24, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hasn't lost many elections since the conservative party he co-founded took control of the government in 2002. But the party's rare defeat in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, was a political and personal setback for the country's leader. Opposition...

The Latest: Istanbul mayor-elect greets tens of thousands

Jun. 23, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's repeated mayoral election in Istanbul (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Tens of thousands of people attended an election night celebration after a repeated vote in Istanbul made an opposition candidate mayor-elect of Turkey's largest city. Ekrem Imamoglu spoke late Sunday...

Opposition win in Istanbul a blow to Turkey's Erdogan

Jun. 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke the long hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party had on leading Turkey's largest city. "Thank you, Istanbul," Ekrem...