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Campaign promises galore in last day before Turkish election

Jun. 23, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey was awash in campaign promises Saturday as politicians pressed to get voters' attention in the last remaining hours before a ban began ahead of Sunday's critical presidential and parliamentary elections. Speaking at five different rallies in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

A look at candidates running in Turkey's presidential race

Jun. 23, 2018 7:12 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is holding snap presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday — more than a year earlier than scheduled. The elections will usher in a new system of governance giving the president expanded powers that was narrowly approved in a referendum last year. A look at the...

The Latest: Chart shows Turkish candidates' unequal coverage

Jun. 22, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections (all times local): 6 p.m. An opposition member of Turkey's media watchdog has published a chart showing unequal airtimes on the state broadcaster for presidential and parliamentary candidates campaigning for Sunday's...

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

Jun. 22, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus, Israel and Greece must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region, the countries' defense ministers said Friday. Cypriot Minister Savvas Angelides and his Israeli and Greek counterparts Avigdor Lieberman...

A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan's power

Jun. 22, 2018 6:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish voters will vote Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament. The vote will be a game changer, putting into full force constitutional changes transforming Turkey's ruling system into an executive presidency. It will either solidify President Recep Tayyip...

Turkey heads to landmark presidential, parliamentary vote

Jun. 22, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has never lost an election, is taking a gamble that will consolidate his hold on power in Turkey if he emerges victorious from Sunday's landmark presidential and parliamentary vote. But winning the election he called more than a year early might not be as...

Turkey detains 14 suspected IS militants in raids

Jun. 22, 2018 3:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have rounded up 14 suspected Islamic State militants in simultaneous raids in the capital, Ankara. Anadolu Agency says Friday the suspects were allegedly preparing to carry out attacks ahead of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary...

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

Jun. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday the world body is calling on all parties...

German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

Jun. 21, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German lawmaker said Thursday the Turkish government is denying him entry to the country as an international observer in the country's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Andrej Hunko, of the opposition Left Party, said Turkey's ambassador to the Organization for Security and...

Turkey's Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Jun. 21, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Since he took office in 2003, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given a name to each stage in his consolidation of power in Turkey. First he called himself the apprentice; then the journeyman; and latterly the master. Now, he says a new five-year term would elevate him to the role of...