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IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Feb. 14, 2019 5:39 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts in and...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close camps

Feb. 10, 2019 2:49 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has called China's treatment of its minority Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity." In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it's "no longer a secret" that China has arbitrarily detained more than a million Uighurs in "concentration camps." He said...

Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse

Feb. 9, 2019 1:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster. As the overall death toll rose to 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

The Latest: Death toll in Turkish building collapse up to 18

Feb. 9, 2019 10:55 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the Istanbul apartment building collapse (all times local): 6:44 p.m. Turkey's interior minister says authorities at one time made contact with a person under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul. But when asked to clarify, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu...

Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul's Orthodox seminary

Feb. 6, 2019 9:45 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, would help bring the two countries closer together, Greece's prime minister said Wednesday. During a visit to the site, Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that the seminary at...

Turkey probes deportation of alleged militant back to Egypt

Feb. 6, 2019 4:11 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has launched an investigation into eight police officers over the deportation of a wanted Egyptian national back to Egypt, where he could face the death penalty. The Istanbul governor's office said in a statement released late Tuesday that a committee would probe the...

Venezuela's dueling political movements each push elections

Feb. 5, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-dominated congress on Tuesday said it will hold new elections as soon as possible within a year — once embattled President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power. Meanwhile, Venezuela's socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early...

Turkey, Greece stress need for dialogue

Feb. 5, 2019 3:49 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey and the prime minister of Greece agreed Tuesday on the need to keep "channels of dialogue" open between their countries, which have come to the brink of war three times since the early 1970s and remain divided over an array of issues. Greek Prime Minister...