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Activists: Morocco arrests Uyghur man at China's request

Jul. 27, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China. Activists fear...

Turkish operation on Iran border halts over 1,450 migrants

Jul. 19, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Security forces in eastern Turkey have conducted a major operation against people traffickers bringing migrants across the Iranian border, the provincial governor’s office said Monday. More than 1,450 migrants were found in abandoned buildings around...

Turkey protests testing of soccer team at Greek airport

Jul. 13, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish government summoned the Greek ambassador to complain Tuesday after players and coaches from Turkish soccer club Galatasaray canceled a friendly game in Greece and returned to Turkey over a COVID-19 testing disagreement. The Galatasaray...

12 killed as bus carrying migrants overturns in east Turkey

Jul. 11, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A minibus carrying migrants overturned and caught fire in eastern Turkey, killing 12 people and injuring 20 others, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Sunday. The vehicle tumbled into a ditch while traveling overnight near Yumakli in Van...

Turkey officially withdraws from treaty protecting women

Jul. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey formally withdrew Thursday from a landmark international treaty protecting women from violence, and signed in its own city of Istanbul, though President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted it won’t be a step backward for women. Hundreds of women...

Turkey lifts most pandemic restrictions as new cases plateau

Jul. 01, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Men are playing cards and backgammon at their local coffeehouses again, movie theaters are being cleaned before their first evening screening and bars are serving beer and chips in Istanbul’s famous pedestrian avenue. Turkey has eased nearly all...

Big Pride parade in Paris; Turkish police stop marchers

Jun. 26, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police in riot gear on Saturday blocked streets to try to thwart gay Pride marchers in Istanbul, while thousands turned out joyfully in Paris and elsewhere in Europe after pandemic privations — although setbacks against LGBT rights tempered some of the celebratory air. ...

Turkey's Erdogan takes first step in 'crazy' canal project

Jun. 26, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday took the first step in the construction of a ship canal skirting Istanbul that the government says will ease marine traffic in the Bosporus Strait. “Today we are opening a new page in the history of...

Greek priest charged over acid attack on 7 senior bishops

Jun. 24, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A defrocked Greek Orthodox priest was charged Thursday with multiple counts of causing grievous bodily harm over an acid attack that injured seven senior bishops and three other people. The 37-year-old Greek man was led to court in lay clothing,...

Turkey welcomes back tourists, hopes to recoup losses

Jun. 24, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — At the Ananas Hotel on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, the rooms were cleaned, the pool filled and the sun loungers distanced, as staff prepared to welcome back Russian tourists after nearly 20 months of pandemic-induced closure. Hotels in...