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People stand outside an exchange office in landmark Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Turkish currency continued its slide to reach an all time low on Monday, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to slap sanctions over his government's decision to test its Russian-made air defense system. (AP Photo)

Turkish lira drops to record low over US sanction threat

Oct. 26, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish currency slid further Monday to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to slap sanctions over his government’s decision to test its Russian-made air defense system. The lira dropped another 1.3% to...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, listens his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Athens, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The talks of the two diplomats are focus on the situation between Greece and Turkey as the neighbour country announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece. (Costas Baltas/Pool via AP)

Greece, Turkey wrangle over military games in eastern Med

Oct. 26, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Monday denounced Turkey’s plans to carry out a maritime military exercise on Oct. 28, a Greek national holiday, announced hours after NATO’s secretary general said both countries had called off wargames on each other’s national holidays. Tension with...

Putin offers NATO site inspections to avoid missile buildup

Oct. 26, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Monday that NATO and Russia should conduct mutual inspections of each other's military bases to secure a moratorium on the deployment of new missiles in Europe following last year’s demise of a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms pact. The United States...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Frence ambassador to Turkey Herve Magro, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for photographs after the new ambassador presented his letter of credentials, in Ankara, Turkey. France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Erdogan said Saturday, Oct. 24 French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

Oct. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his...

This image released by the FBI shows the wanted poster of al-Qaida propagandist Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri. Afghanistan claimed Sunday, Oct, 25, 2020, it killed the top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed.  Al-Qaida did not immediately acknowledge al-Rauf's reported death. The FBI, the U.S. military and NATO did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (FBI via AP)

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

Oct. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed....

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Erdogan confirmed the country tested its Russian-made missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test

Oct. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slammed Turkey for taking a new step toward fielding a Russian-made air defense weapon. The U.S. complaint marked a deepening rift that threatens the future of a security relationship that has been central to the NATO military alliance for seven decades....

FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The United Nations said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a

Libyan factions sign countrywide UN-brokered cease-fire

Oct. 23, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The rival sides in Libya’s conflict signed a permanent cease-fire Friday, a deal the United Nations billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two. But skepticism over whether the agreement would hold began emerging almost immediately. The...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

NATO chief says Greece, Turkey agree to cancel war games

Oct. 23, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Greece and Turkey are going to cancel war games scheduled for next week on each other’s national holidays, in a further sign of easing of tensions between the two NATO allies and historic rivals. “Both Greece and Turkey...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Erdogan confirmed the country tested its Russian-made missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Erdogan confirms Russian S-400 tests despite US objections

Oct. 23, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president on Friday confirmed the country tested its Russian-made S-400 missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. “They were tested, they're being...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, early Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from a debate in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person

Oct. 23, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida. Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in...