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Smoke rises after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The heavy shelling forced residents of Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, into shelters, as emergency teams rushed to extinguish fires. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said other towns in the region were also targeted by Azerbaijani artillery fire. (AP Photo)

New cease-fire announced in 4-week Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Oct. 25, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region continued Sunday, but Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a peaceful resolution of their decades-old conflict and agreed to a third attempt to establish a cease-fire after four weeks of hostilities. The agreement on a...

Suspected migrant smuggler dies while evading Greek police

Oct. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A man described by Greek police as most likely a migrant trafficker was killed while trying to avoid a police checkpoint in the north of the country, and another was arrested after also fleeing and killing six sheep and a sheepdog with his vehicle. The separate incidents...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Frence ambassador to Turkey Herve Magro, left, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for photographs after the new ambassador presented his letter of credentials, in Ankara, Turkey. France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Erdogan said Saturday, Oct. 24 French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

Oct. 25, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his...

A child holds a photograph of France's President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second attack on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his attitude to Islam and Muslims, which prompted France to recall its ambassador to Ankara, Erdogan took aim at foreign critics. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

France says stop boycott calls; Erdogan ups Macron insults

Oct. 25, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities denounced Turkish “propaganda” against France that they said was aimed at fanning hate at home and abroad, and asked Sunday that calls to boycott French products cease immediately, saying such attacks were the work of a “radical minority.” ...

Turkey extends controversial Mediterranean gas exploration

Oct. 25, 2020 3:19 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey announced late Saturday that it is extending by one week a gas exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean that has caused tensions with Greece. In a fresh notice to shipping in the area, Turkey said the Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel, accompanied by two support ships,...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and French President Emmanuel Macron stand, during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health

Oct. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's...

In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 photo provided by Istanbul Mayor's Office, Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul, right, greets Ipek Kirac of Koc Sistem, after signing an agreement for a mobile system to monitor the city's stray dogs, in Istanbul. A city government spokesman says the mayor of Istanbul has tested positive for COVID-19 and received treatment at a hospital. The city spokesman tweeted Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 that Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu's condition is good. Imamoglu represents the opposition Republican People’s Party and became one of Turkey’s most recognizable politicians after winning office in June 2019.  (Istanbul Mayor's Office via AP)

Istanbul's opposition mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 24, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The mayor of Istanbul has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the Turkish city said Saturday. Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has received treatment at a hospital and his condition is good, spokesman Murat Ongun tweeted. Istanbul, a city of 16 million people, has recorded 40% of...

People try to remove car tyres from a car shop on fire after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Washington for negotiations on settling the neighboring countries' decades-long conflict. (AP Photo)

Fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh goes on despite US mediation

Oct. 24, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over the region. The heavy shelling forced residents of...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Erdogan confirmed the country tested its Russian-made missile defense system, despite objections from the United States. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had every right to test its equipment. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test

Oct. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slammed Turkey for taking a new step toward fielding a Russian-made air defense weapon. The U.S. complaint marked a deepening rift that threatens the future of a security relationship that has been central to the NATO military alliance for seven decades....