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Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

Jun. 18, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group," the country's official news agency reported Monday. The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a...

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Jun. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi Shiite forces and Syria accused the United States on Monday of targeting their troops inside Syria with an airstrike, a charge the U.S. denied but that ratcheted up tensions in the area. Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a...

Turkey: Presidential candidate makes TV speech from prison

Jun. 17, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state broadcaster aired a campaign speech by a jailed presidential candidate Sunday, a week before snap parliamentary and presidential elections. Selahattin Demirtas asked voters in the June 24 elections to prevent the "one-man regime" of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He called...

The Latest: Top teams have trouble winning at World Cup

Jun. 17, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil...

The Latest: Croatia beats Nigeria on own-goal, penalty kick

Jun. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 12 a.m. Luka Modric scored on a penalty kick after Croatia went ahead on an own-goal by Nigeria in a 2-0 victory in their World Cup match on Saturday night. Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo deflected the ball into his own net in the 32nd...

Germans put up united front at World Cup after Erdogan photo

Jun. 16, 2018 7:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany is trying to look united ahead of its World Cup opener after a photo put the team at the center of a national debate over culture and identity. Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, both of Turkish decent, posed with Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the Turkish president's visit to Britain last...

First gas arrives in Turkey through pipeline from Azerbaijan

Jun. 12, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish and Azerbaijani presidents on Tuesday inaugurated a key pipeline carrying natural gas from Azerbaijan's gas fields to Turkish markets and eventually to Europe, part of a wider Southern Gas Corridor project that aims to diversify gas supplies and reduce countries'...

Questions of loyalty cast shadow over German World Cup squad

Jun. 12, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The public backlash over players mixing sport and politics ensured the Germany squad left for its World Cup defense under a cloud of its own making. Debate over issues of integration, national pride, and what it means to represent the country has damaged the German soccer federation (DFB)'s...

Turkey's president says jets have struck rebel bases in Iraq

Jun. 11, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president says Turkish jets have struck Iraq's Qandil mountains, where outlawed Kurdish rebels maintain their headquarters. Speaking at an election rally Monday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said some 20 warplanes had hit Qandil, destroying 14 "important targets" of the Kurdistan...

Unimpressive Germany beats S. Arabia 2-1 in World Cup warmup

Jun. 8, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Defending World Cup champion Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Friday for a timely but unimpressive win just over a week before its title defense begins in Russia. Having failed to win any of its previous five friendly games since wrapping up qualification with a perfect 10...