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In this photo taken Monday, July 27, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey.  A top Turkish official said Tuesday that Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to

Turkey to suspend research in waters disputed with Greece

Jul. 28, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will suspend research for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean that abruptly raised military tensions with neighboring Greece, a top Turkish official said Tuesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his aides to “put this on hold for some...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Malta, pose for photos before a meeting, in Ankara Turkey, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.(Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey says it rejects EU condemnation over Hagia Sophia

Jul. 14, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday chided the European Union over its condemnation of a Turkish decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque, saying the matter is an issue of national sovereignty. Last week, Turkey canceled the...

4 Azerbaijani troops die in clashes with Armenia

Jul. 13, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other Monday for skirmishes on their volatile border that has left four Azerbaijani soldiers dead and several troops wounded on both sides. The two neighbors in the South Caucasus have been locked in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, July 13, 2020. European Union foreign ministers met for the first time face-to-face since the pandemic lockdown and will assess their discuss their relations with China and Turkey. (Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

EU, Turkey clash over Hagia Sophia, Mediterranean drilling

Jul. 13, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and the European Union clashed on Monday over Ankara's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters. After their their first face-to-face meeting in months, the 27 EU foreign ministers...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, speak during a joint news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 6, 2020. Turkey's Foreign Minister on Monday called on the European Union to be an

Cyprus: EU partners aim to rein in Turkey's 'expansionism'

Jul. 7, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and its European Union partners are working to rein in Turkey’s “expansionist policy” in the eastern Mediterranean amid heightened tensions over an offshore search for hydrocarbons, the island nation's president said Tuesday. President Nicos Anastasiades...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, greet each other by using their elbows before their talks, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 6, 2020. Cavusoglu and Borrell have discussed Turkey-EU relations, regional issues, Libya and Syria. (Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey calls on EU to be 'honest' in dispute with members

Jul. 6, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish foreign minister on Monday called on the European Union to be an “honest broker” in disputes between Ankara and EU member states France, Greece and Cyprus. Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that Turkey would be forced to “reciprocate” against any...

Airstrikes hit Libya base held by Turkey-backed forces

Jul. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

Cairo (AP) — Libyan officials in the capital of Tripoli said Sunday that overnight airstrikes hit a key military base on the city’s outskirts that was recently retaken by Turkey-backed forces. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based forces, Col. Mohamed Gnounou, said the strikes were carried out by...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. A festering row between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO's struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms exposes NATO's limits

Jul. 5, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. The dispute has also...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas greet each other by using their elbows before a meeting, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Cam Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey demands French apology over Med naval incident

Jul. 2, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France over its depiction of a standoff between ships from the two countries in the Mediterranean Sea that prompted Paris to suspend its involvement in a NATO naval operation. France says its frigate Courbet was “lit...