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Cyprus sees surge in migrants crossing from breakaway north

Dec. 10, 2018 1:24 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — On the final leg of his journey from Iraq to Europe, Hawye Rasool Saleh paid 400 euros ($457) borrowed from his best friend to a smuggler who would help him across the cease-fire line of ethnically split Cyprus. The transaction was sealed in anonymity. "You don't know me, I don't...

Saudi refusal to extradite Khashoggi's killers vexes Turkey

Dec. 10, 2018 11:05 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says it is disappointed by Saudi Arabia's rejection of its request for the extradition of the killers of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The State-run Anadolu news agency on Monday quoted Fahrettin Altun, the communications director of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,...

Turkey seeks 15-year prison terms for prominent journalists

Dec. 10, 2018 8:27 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking maximum 15-year prison terms for five journalists of an opposition newspaper, intensifying concerns over authorities' crackdown on news coverage critical of the government. Anadolu Agency reported Monday that prosecutors are...

Turkish economy slowed to 1.6 percent in 2018 third quarter

Dec. 10, 2018 3:45 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Statistics show Turkey's economy slowed in the third quarter of 2018, hit by high inflation and a currency crisis. Turkish Statistical Institute figures released on Monday showed that the economy grew by 1.6 percent in the period from July to September compared with the previous year....

Armenia premier's bloc winning vote, early returns show

Dec. 9, 2018 3:49 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Early returns from Armenia's snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country's new prime minister's bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would help further consolidate his power. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading...

Cyprus police detain 40 Syrian migrants after boat arrival

Dec. 9, 2018 9:02 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have detained 40 Syrian migrants after a boat dropped them off along the ethnically split island nation's northwestern coast. Police said Sunday authorities had initially located the boat about 25 kilometers (15 miles) off the island's coast late Saturday. The...

Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds

Dec. 9, 2018 3:53 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English she learned as a top student in Syria to keep the bullies in place. Hassan Husseini didn't speak German...

Rouhani warns weakened Iran less able to fight trafficking

Dec. 8, 2018 3:56 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday warned Western countries that they will face a massive influx of drugs if Iran becomes weakened by U.S. sanctions. Rouhani spoke in Tehran at a six-nation conference on fighting terrorism attended by parliament speakers of Afghanistan, Iran,...

Armenians set to cast ballots in snap parliamentary vote

Dec. 7, 2018 4:13 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians are set to vote in a snap parliamentary election this Sunday that is expected to cement the rule of the new prime minister who spearheaded the massive protests earlier this year that forced the resignation of his predecessor. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian,...

Russia and Greece say spat over diplomats expulsions is over

Dec. 7, 2018 12:09 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Greece have overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that strained their traditionally friendly ties, the countries' leaders said Friday. Greece in July expelled two Russian diplomats amid allegations they helped fund protests against a deal between Greece and its northern...