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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...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, right, makes a statement with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias after their meeting in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Greece asks EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey

Oct. 20, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has asked fellow European Union countries to halt military exports to Turkey, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a deepening dispute between the two neighbors over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean. Nikos Dendias also said he has written to...

The newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar talks to his supporters after winning the Turkish Cypriots election in the Turkish occupied area in the north part of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Ersin Tatar, a hardliner who favors even closer ties with Turkey and a tougher stance with rival Greek Cypriots in peace talks has defeated the leftist incumbent in the Turkish Cypriot leadership runoff. (AP Photo/Nedim Enginsoy)

Hardliner wins Turkish Cypriot leadership election

Oct. 18, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A hardliner who won a Turkish Cypriot leadership election said Sunday he's ready to resume dormant talks aimed at ending Cyprus' 46-year ethnic division, as long as rival Greek Cypriots come to grips with Turkey's regional might. Ersin Tatar, who favors fully aligning Turkish Cypriot...

A neighbour comforts home owner, Lida Sarksyan, left, near her house destroyed by shelling from Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The latest outburst of fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces began Sept. 27 and marked the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994. (AP Photo)

Armenia, Azerbaijan announce new attempt at cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday announced a new attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from midnight, a move that comes a week after a Russia-brokered truce frayed immediately after it took force. The new agreement was announced...

Turkey's Black Sea gas find reaches 405 billion cubic meters

Oct. 17, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has announced the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea. Speaking aboard the drill ship Fatih on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said explorations in the Tuna-1 well were complete after reaching a depth...

Official: Turkey holds man suspected of spying for UAE

Oct. 16, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish intelligence has arrested a man suspected of spying on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, a senior Turkish government official said Friday. The suspect, who has not been identified, allegedly infiltrated expatriate Arab dissident and journalist...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy pose for photographs after they signed agreements, in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. President Zelenskiy is in Istanbul for a one-day working visit. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreements

Oct. 16, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw...

Men look at the damage in a house a day after four Azerbaijani Turks were killed and several others were wounded in a shelling in a cemetery by Armenian forces, in the city of Tartar, Azerbaijan, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues for a third week despite a Russia-brokered cease-fire deal, as both sides exchanged accusations and claims of new attacks over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. (Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP)

Azerbaijan, Armenia trade accusations on Caucasus conflict

Oct. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijani authorities on Friday accused Armenia of expanding the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a claim rejected by Armenian officials. Armenia, in turn, charged that the Azerbaijani troops executed two Armenian war prisoners —...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the mmbers of his ruling party at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill

France warns Turkey of EU sanctions over 'provocations'

Oct. 15, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — France warned Turkey on Thursday that it could face European Union sanctions for its “provocations,” after Ankara redeployed its search vessel on a new energy exploration mission in the eastern Mediterranean. Speaking in Paris after a meeting of the French-German-Polish...