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NATO to boost rapid reaction force, Ukraine military support

Jun. 27, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies will decide at a summit this week to increase the strength of their rapid reaction force nearly eightfold to 300,000 troops as part of their response to an “era of strategic competition," the military alliance's secretary-general said Monday. The NATO...

Heavy rains and floods hit northwest Turkey, no casualties

Jun. 27, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy rains in northwest Turkey caused rivers to overflow and bridges to collapse Monday as authorities worked to evacuate stranded locals. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said there were no reports of deaths or missing people. Turkey’s coast guard...

Greece says 1,130 migrants turned back at sea in 3 days

Jun. 27, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard on Monday said it had prevented more than a thousand migrants and refugees crossing to its islands in boats from the nearby coast of Turkey over the past three days. The agency said it had turned back boats in 24 separate incidents...

Detained LGBTQ activists in Istanbul Pride being released

Jun. 27, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul’s LGBTQ Pride organizers said 373 people detained by police following a ban on all Pride events were being released Monday. Kaos GL, a leading LGBTQ rights association, said all the people detained Sunday were being freed after giving their police...

Live updates | 50 protesters let within sight of G-7 venue

Jun. 27, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in the Bavarian Alps in Germany; and on the summit of NATO leaders that will start on Tuesday in Madrid: ___ A small group of...

Arrests in Istanbul as LGBTQ marchers try to defy Pride ban

Jun. 26, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of people were detained in central Istanbul after city authorities banned an LGBTQ Pride march, organizers said Sunday. Turkey's largest city has banned the march since 2015, but large crowds nonetheless gather every year to mark the end of Pride Month....

Turkish president: Sweden hasn't alleviated NATO concerns

Jun. 25, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Sweden's prime minister that he has not seen any “tangible” moves to address Turkey’s concerns about her country joining NATO, Erdogan’s office said Saturday. Erdogan called in a phone conversation with Prime...

Turkish state media: Detained Greek spied on border defenses

Jun. 25, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish security forces have detained a Greek citizen accused of spying for Athens’ intelligence service, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. The man, identified as Muhammed Amar Ampara, was allegedly involved in gathering information about the...

Qatar's emir in Cairo for 1st time since Arab spat resolved

Jun. 24, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Qatar’s emir arrived in Cairo late Friday for talks with Egypt's president, his first visit to the country following years of frayed ties and a boycott of Doha by four Arab states, including Egypt. With Qatari and Egyptian flags flowing over the tarmac, Sheikh Tamim...

Solidarity behind Ukraine's Russia fight atop summit agendas

Jun. 24, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back-to-back world leader summits in Europe opening this weekend will focus on uniting Western nations behind Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invasion and overcoming Turkey's opposition to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. The Group of Seven leading...