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Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, third right, attends a funeral ceremony for Halil Ibrahim Akkaya, one of Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, in Bahce, Osmaniye, Turkey, Turkey, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. NATO envoys were holding emergency talks Friday at the request of Turkey following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, as scores of migrants gathered at Turkey's border with Greece seeking entry into Europe. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

Feb. 28, 2020 7:46 PM EST

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after at least 33 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike blamed on the Syrian government, and a new wave of refugees and migrants headed for the Greek land and...

Men pass by an election poster picturing leader of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party, Igor Matovic in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Slovaks vote Saturday Feb. 29 in parliamentary elections widely expected to unseat the country's long-dominant but scandal-tainted center-left party that governed on an anti-immigration platform, in favor of a coalition headed by center-right populists. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Center-right opposition leads polls ahead of Slovakian vote

Feb. 28, 2020 11:30 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovaks vote Saturday in parliamentary elections widely expected to unseat the country's long dominant but scandal-tainted center-left party that governed on an anti-immigration platform, in favor of a coalition headed by center-right populists. And an extreme far-right party whose members...

FILE - In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Taliban fighters gather with residents to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Many Afghans view Saturday's expected signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal with a heavy dose of well-earned skepticism. They've spent decades living in a country at war -- some their whole lives — and wonder if they can ever reach a state of peace. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

Feb. 28, 2020 9:22 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Many Afghans view Saturday's expected signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal with a heavy dose of well-earned skepticism. They've spent decades living in a country at war — some their whole lives — and wonder if they can ever reach a state of peace. The deal expected...

Migrants react as they walk to the border gate of Pazarkule in Edirne, near Turkey-Greece border, early Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. An air strike by Syrian government forces killed scores of Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016. (AP Photo/Ergin Yildiz)

NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move

Feb. 28, 2020 8:43 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO on Friday called on Syria and Russia to halt their airstrikes following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeastern Syria, as scores of migrants seeking entry into Europe gathered at Turkey's border with Greece With Turkey signalling that it would let migrants leave, Greece and...

Turkish backed Syrian rebels enter the own of Saraqeb, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters Thursday retook a strategic northwestern town iof Saraqeb, opposition activists said, and cut off the key highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

29 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

Feb. 27, 2020 10:16 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An air strike by Syrian government forces killed 29 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016. The deaths were a serious escalation in the direct conflict between...

9 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

Feb. 27, 2020 4:29 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Nine Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike in northeast Syria late Thursday, a Turkish official said. Hatay Governor Rahmi Dogan said other soldiers were severely wounded in the attack by Syrian government forces and were being treated at hospitals in Turkey. Hatay borders the...

Albin Kurti, 43, newly elected prime minister of Kosovo waves after new government was elected in capital Pristina on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.  Kosovo's parliament convened on Monday to vote in a new prime minister after four months of talks between the country's two main parties. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo offers to ease tariff on neighboring Serbia's goods

Feb. 27, 2020 2:32 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's new prime minister said Thursday his government will partially lift a 100% tariff imposed on Serbian goods, in a goodwill move aimed to help restart suspended talks with Serbia on normalizing relations. Albin Kurti said the measure would come into effect from March 15 and...

A British and an United States soldier stand side by side after a press conference on the military exercise 'Defender 2020' in Brueck, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The exercise with 37000 participants from a total of 18 nations will take place in Europe between January and about June 2020. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

Russian military chief voices concern about NATO activities

Feb. 27, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's chief military officer met with his French counterpart Thursday and raised concern about NATO's activities near the Russian border. Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov said Moscow has become increasingly worried about the western military alliance's moves, including...

Kosovo: 2nd former fighter refuses war crimes court summons

Feb. 25, 2020 11:20 AM EST

VLORA, Albania (AP) — A former independence fighter in Kosovo said Tuesday that he would not submit to questioning by a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Faik Zogaj is the second former fighter out of 270 summoned so far to refuse...

A municipality worker hangs Kosovo's flag to decorate the main street, during the 12th anniversary of the country's independence in the capital Pristina, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 recognized by more than 100 countries but not by Belgrade. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo court takes step toward indicting suspects

Feb. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia took a significant step Monday toward charging suspects for the first time when a prosecutor notified the court's president of his intent to start proceedings. The...