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Libyan fighters in Tripoli get armored vehicles from abroad

May. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighters allied with the U.N.-recognized government in Libya's capital said they have received armored vehicles and "quality weapons" despite a U.N. arms embargo on the country. A Facebook page linked to the Tripoli government posted photos on Saturday appearing to show more than a dozen...

Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy

May. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly beaten....

Turkey allows lawyers to visit jailed Kurdish rebel leader

May. 16, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's justice minister says imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan will be allowed regular visits by his lawyers to his island prison. Abdulhamit Gul announced the decision Thursday amid a hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners across Turkey who are demanding improved...

Turkish, Iraqi leaders discuss military cooperation

May. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and Iraq have discussed a possible deal to increase military and security cooperation between the neighboring countries. Erdogan spoke to reporters after meetings with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday....

Greek court clears 9 jailed before Erdogan visit

May. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nine people jailed before a 2017 visit by Turkey's president and accused of belonging to a militant group were cleared of terrorism and criminal arms charges in Greece on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Aleca Zorbala said that the Athens court acquitted three of the defendants of all...

Kosovo report blames president for Turks' deportation

May. 15, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A parliamentary investigative commission in Kosovo has blamed the president for ordering the deportation of five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor last year. The six Turks were deported secretly from Pristina on a Turkish plane in March 2018. They allegedly worked with schools...

US senator seeks safe passage for Turkish Trail Blazers star

May. 14, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden wants to ensure Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter, a Turkish star whom Turkey wants arrested for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be able to safely travel to Canada for a possible NBA championship series against the Toronto Raptors. The...

Trump meets Hungary's far-right prime minister

May. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never shied away from rubbing shoulders with leaders more typically kept at a distance by the West, and his Oval Office meeting Monday with Hungary's far right-leaning prime minister was only the latest example of his engagement with strongmen. Like Trump, Prime...

Turkish electoral body rejects opposition demand in Istanbul

May. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's electoral board has rejected a demand by opposition parties to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, following the board's decision to strip the opposition of its victory in the mayoral race. The Supreme Electoral Board on Monday also turned down the opposition's...

Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

May. 11, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist allies was hospitalized after being attacked outside his home, his newspaper said Saturday. The Yenicag newspaper said columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with...