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Ethnic Armenian soldiers fire an artillery piece at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Armenia's prime minister has urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to help defend the country amid the conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as intense fighting has raged for a fourth week with no sign of abating. (Sipan Gyulumyan, Armenian Defense Ministry Press office/ PAN Photo via AP)

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of escalation

Oct. 22, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh continued Thursday with Armenia and Azerbaijan trading blame for new attacks, hostilities that raised the threat of Turkey and Russia being drawn into the conflict. Speaking in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that according to the...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fourth left, and his wife Emine Erdogan attend a funeral ceremony for Markar Esayan, a Turkish lawmaker from Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party, who died of cancer at 51, at the Armenian Patriarchate Church, in Istanbul, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish-Armenian ruling party lawmaker laid to rest

Oct. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish-Armenian ruling party lawmaker was laid to rest Thursday following a ceremony in the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, which was attended by Turkey’s president. Markar Esayan, 51, died on Oct. 16 after battling stomach cancer. He was a former journalist and a politician,...

Turkish drilling ship Kanuni is seen docked for maintenance before heading to the Black Sea for drilling operations, at the port of Haydarpasa in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.  Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Oct. 17, the discovery of 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves off the Black Sea coast, in addition to the August's announcement of the discovery of 320 billion cubic meters as Turkey increased its maritime search for hydrocarbon resources. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey slams joint declaration by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt

Oct. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and numerous “provocations” that they maintain are threatening regional peace. The Foreign Ministry said in...

Turkey central bank keeps rate on hold despite currency drop

Oct. 22, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s Central Bank kept its key interest rate on hold at 10.25% on Thursday, despite market expectations for an increase that would help support the currency. The bank surprised last month with a 2 percentage point rate increase, its first hike in two years, as it tried to contain...

An ethnic Armenian soldier smiles as he speaks to journalists at a fighting position on the front line, during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Armenia's prime minister has urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to help defend the country amid the conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh as intense fighting has raged for a fourth week with no sign of abating. (Sipan Gyulumyan, Armenian Defense Ministry Press office/PAN Photo via AP)

Armenian PM sees no way to settle conflict through diplomacy

Oct. 21, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister said Wednesday that Azerbaijan's aggressive stance in the 25-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh leaves no room for diplomacy, and urged citizens to sign up as military volunteers to protect their country. In a live video address on Facebook, Nikol Pashinian...

A pedestrian wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in front of the Greek parliament in central Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Greece has been experiencing a resurgence of the virus, with the number of new daily cases, most in the Greek capital, often topping 400, and both deaths and the number of those in intensive care units rising. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece sells 15-year bond to bolster reserves amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has raised 2 billion euros in a 15-year bond issue, the country’s finance minister said Wednesday, taking advantage of low interest rates to bolster cash reserves amid the coronavirus pandemic and continuing tension with neighboring Turkey. Finance Minister Christos...

Greece's Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talks during a press conference with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after their meeting at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece meet in the Cypriot capital for talks on forging closer ties and boosting cooperation on issues including energy following the discovery of gas deposits in the east Mediterranean. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou Pool via AP)

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt to Turkey: drop the rancor, join us

Oct. 21, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece on Wednesday renewed an invitation to Turkey to become a partner in reaping the potential benefits of offshore gas deposits, while urging Ankara to end its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean. Their one-day regional...

Turkey: Police on trial for killing of prominent lawyer

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three police officers went on trial Wednesday in southeastern Turkey over the killing of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender nearly five years ago. Lawyer Tahir Elci was fatally shot in the head after making a press statement on the destruction of a historic mosque in the Sur...

Buffett's firm to pay $4.1M fine for subsidiary's Iran sales

Oct. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has agreed to pay a $4.1 million fine because one of its subsidiaries improperly sold equipment that was destined for Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. The Treasury Department announced the settlement with Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on Tuesday. The fine...

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, attends the 16th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)

Family of slain Saudi journalist sues Saudi Crown Prince

Oct. 20, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of personally ordering Khashoggi's brutal execution in order to silence the high-profile government critic. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C.,...