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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a Pakistan-Turkey business forum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Erdogan is in Pakistan for a two-day state visit. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Feb. 19, 2020 8:04 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president Wednesday criticized the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to the operation of “interfering in the region.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

In this photo released Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a YAK-40 plane is parked on the Aleppo Airport apron, in Aleppo province, Syria. A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo Airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012. (SANA via AP)

Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid nearby offensive

Feb. 19, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012 — even as nearby, the government's onslaught continued with airstrikes reportedly hitting...

Turkish court to issue verdict in rights activists' trial

Feb. 19, 2020 6:31 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A group of human rights activists delivered their final statements in their own defense on Wednesday before a court in Istanbul hands down a verdict in their closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against Amnesty International's former Turkey...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter arrives at the Foreign Ministry to meet the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UN-backed government in Libya suspends talks after attack

Feb. 18, 2020 5:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.-supported government in Libya said Tuesday it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port. The country’s warring sides had resumed their U.N.-brokered...

Mucella Yapici, one of defendants, celebrates after a court acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including an entrepreneur known for philanthropy who has been jailed for more than two years, in Silivri, outside Istanbul, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Feb. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it...

A figure depicting US President Donald Trump as Emperor Nero is shown during a press preview for the Mainz carnival, in Mainz, Germany Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Carnival revelers poke fun at world leaders in Germany

Feb. 18, 2020 10:31 AM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The heads and bodies are gigantic, the subjects are world leaders, and the creations are irresistible to look at. All of these oversized figures are coming together for a provocative parade at the traditional Mainz carnival celebrations in western Germany. They included a victorious...

France's Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, talks with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades during their meeting at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Parly said on Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France gives backing to Cyprus amid gas search tensions

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France's defense minister said Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. Florence Parly said France supports Cyprus, which finds itself under “strong pressure.” “France is...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

Turkey court acquits exiled novelist of terror charges

Feb. 14, 2020 8:01 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday acquitted journalist and award-winning novelist Asli Erdogan of terrorism-related charges for writing for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has since been shut-down. Lawyer Erdal Dogan told reporters that the court in Istanbul acquitted the author, who lives in exile in...

In this frame grab from video, Russian, Syrian and others gather next to an American military convoy stuck in the village of Khirbet Ammu, east of Qamishli city, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Syrian media and activists say a Syrian was killed and another wounded in a rare clash between American troops and a group of government supporters in northeast Syria. (AP Photo)

US troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria

Feb. 12, 2020 2:25 PM EST

DAMASCUS (AP) — A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, state media and activists reported. The U.S. military said its force...