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Cyprus editor hails acquittal over Turkey insult charge

May. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The editor of a Turkish Cypriot newspaper said Wednesday his acquittal on charges he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a triumph of Turkish Cypriot justice. Sener Levent, editor of Afrika newspapers in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, said he's...

Opposition starts campaign for Istanbul mayor in re-run

May. 22, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The opposition's candidate for Istanbul mayor has launched his campaign for the June 23 re-run elections, promising to win again after Turkey's electoral board ruled the initial vote invalid. Ekrem Imamoglu from the secular Republican People's Party is accusing President Recep Tayyip...

Turkey military receiving Russian defense system training

May. 22, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says its military personnel are receiving training to operate the S-400 missile defense system despite U.S. and NATO objections to Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian technology. Hulusi Akar also told a group of reporters late Tuesday that Turkey was...

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...

Turkey denies delaying Russian S-400 deal

May. 15, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has denied that Turkey is delaying the purchase of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia amid tensions with the United States. Cavusoglu told reporters on Wednesday that "there is no question of any delay or of any halting at this point."...

US wants swift end to Istanbul consulate staff trial

May. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.S official has called for the trial of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate on espionage charges to be resolved "swiftly, transparently and fairly." The trial was adjourned Wednesday until June 28. Metin Topuz, a translator and assistant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has...