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Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

Turkey gets second S-400 battery, plans to activate in 2020

Sep. 15, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says Russia has completed delivery of components for a second battery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system to an airbase in the Turkish capital. In a statement Sunday, the ministry said it plans to activate the system in April 2020. Turkey went ahead...

Syrian activists: Car bomb in northern town; several wounded

Sep. 13, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say a car bombing in a town in northern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters has wounded several people. There were no reports of deaths in the explosion. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said Friday's...

Turkey's ex-prime minister resigns from Erdogan's party

Sep. 13, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced his resignation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and plans to form a new political movement. Davutoglu resigned on Friday, days after the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, began proceedings to...

Turkey: 5 opposition newspaper staff released from prison

Sep. 13, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says five jailed journalists and staff members of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have been freed on the orders of an appeals court. Anadolu Agency said cartoonist Musa Kart and four other Cumhuriyet employees were released from their prison in...

Explosion on a road in southeast Turkey kills 4, wounds 13

Sep. 12, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have detonated an improvised explosive device on a road in southeast Turkey, killing four people and wounding 13 others. The local governor's office said the explosion Thursday on a road near the town of Kulp hit a vehicle carrying villagers who...

Lawyer: Client to pursue EU money in human rights case

Sep. 12, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot lawyer said Thursday he's going to the European Union's Court of Justice to get the bloc's executive arm to use money earmarked as assistance to Turkey to compensate a client who won a human rights case against the Turkish state. Attorney Achilleas Demetriades says his...

12 slightly hurt in northern Cyprus Turkish army depot blast

Sep. 12, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A pre-dawn explosion at an army munitions depot in breakaway northern Cyprus shattered window panes and slightly injured 12 people while fires ignited by the blast were brought under control, officials said Thursday. In a statement, Turkey's defense ministry said the explosion...

Turkish central bank slashes key interest rate again

Sep. 12, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's central bank, under its new governor, has slashed its key interest rate again, this time by 3.25 percentage points. The bank said Thursday it had lowered the one-week repo auction rate to 16.50% from 19.75%, saying the inflation outlook continued to improve. The bank had cut...

Saudis condemn Israeli PM's West Bank annexations plans

Sep. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election vow to annex parts of the West Bank as a "very dangerous escalation," adding to a chorus of international condemnations and injecting the issue of Palestinian statehood into an election campaign...