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Turkey urges study of its archives over Armenian genocide

Apr. 24, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is challenging nations who label the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide, saying they should inspect Turkey's Ottoman-era archives and "we have nothing to hide." Marking April 24, 1915, considered the start of the massacre of...

The Latest: Iran brushes off US decision on sanction waivers

Apr. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Iran has brushed off the Trump administration's decision to stop exempting countries from U.S. sanctions on its oil exports. In a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency on Monday, the...

Turkey: 9 detained in opposition leader's assault at funeral

Apr. 22, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says nine people have been detained in the assault of an opposition party leader, who was hit during a soldier's funeral. Several protesters threw punches at Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu at the funeral outside Ankara on Sunday....

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Protesters punch Turkish opposition leader at funeral

Apr. 21, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Protesters assaulted the leader of Turkey's main opposition party during a funeral held Sunday for a soldier who was slain during clashes with Kurdish rebels. The politician was not hurt, party officials said. People threw punches at Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu...

Turkey says Russian system no threat to F-35s, seeks panel

Apr. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says the United States has yet to respond to a proposal to set up a technical committee to review possible security threats that Russia's S-400 missile defense system could pose to the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program. Turkey's decision to purchase the advanced...

Erdogan lashes out at Financial Times over report on economy

Apr. 18, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has lashed out at the Financial Times and other western media, accusing them of falsely portraying the economy as being on the brink of collapse. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Thursday after the Financial Times reported that Turkey's Central Bank had bolstered its...

Govt opponent confirmed as Istanbul mayor, objection pending

Apr. 17, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Wednesday confirmed the opposition's candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, as the mayor of Istanbul, ending more than two weeks of recounts of the March 31 vote demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. All eyes however, were turned toward Turkey's top...

Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist

Apr. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,...

Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Apr. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey "expects" the Trump administration to grant it waivers from U.S. sanctions related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defenses, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. Presidential spokesman and senior adviser Ibrahim Kalin told a news...