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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...

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won't be stopped

Feb. 11, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The speaker of Egypt's parliament appeared to push back Monday at Turkey's opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn't part of, saying cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece sent a message to any countries that tried to stop them. Egypt's Ali Abdel-Aal didn't...

Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria

Feb. 11, 2019 11:14 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Russian and Turkish defense ministers have stressed the need to continue military and intelligence cooperation to ensure stability in Syria's Idlib province despite "provocations" there, Turkey's Defense Ministry said Monday. Russia's Sergei Shoigu held talks with his Turkish...

Death toll at Istanbul building collapse reaches 21

Feb. 10, 2019 4:11 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21. Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on...

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...

Turkey, others to press for UN probe into Khashoggi killing

Feb. 8, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and other countries will soon submit a formal request to establish a U.N. committee to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Turkish foreign minister said Friday. Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after U.N. human rights expert Agnes Callamard...

15 dead in Istanbul building collapse; 9 from one family

Feb. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish emergency services on Friday recovered four more bodies from the rubble of an eight-story building that crashed down in Istanbul, bringing the death toll to 15. One man said he lost nine members of his extended family. Earlier in the day, rescuers pulled a 16-year-old boy out alive...

The Latest: Death toll in Istanbul building collapse now 15

Feb. 8, 2019 11:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Turkey's health minister says the number of dead from the collapsed eight-story building in Istanbul has risen to 15. Fahrettin Koca also told reporters Friday that 13 out of the 14 people...

Istanbul building collapse kills 2; rescuers save 6 others

Feb. 6, 2019 3:14 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — An eight-story building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday, killing at least two people, Turkish officials said. Rescue workers pulled six others out of the rubble and were working to free more who were trapped. The building, which had 43 people living in 14 apartments, had a street-level...