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Turkey's Erdogan faces mounting criticism over wildfires

Aug. 03, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — As Turkish fire crews pressed ahead Tuesday with their weeklong battle against blazes tearing through forests and villages on the country's southern coast, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faced increased criticism over its apparent poor response and...

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Aug. 02, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows loose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey's beach resort of Bodrum, one of thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze....

Turkey evacuates panicked tourists by boat from wildfires

Jul. 31, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean Sea resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. Coast guard units led...

Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

Jul. 30, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in...

UN demands Turkey, Turkish Cypriots reverse Varosha action

Jul. 29, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday again demanded that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots immediately reverse all actions to reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and backed further talks “in the near future” on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Turkey arrests man behind app linked to 2016 failed coup

Jul. 28, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish-born American believed to be behind a secret messaging application that has been linked to Turkey’s failed 2016 military coup arrived in Istanbul last month where he turned himself in to authorities, the state-run news agency reported Wednesday. ...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

Jul. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided...

Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding

Jul. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Press freedom groups expressed concern Friday about comments by Turkish officials about possible legislation to regulate foreign funding for media and the dissemination of fake news, saying it could further curtail independent journalism in Turkey. A top...

Draft UN statement urges Turkish reversal of Cyprus action

Jul. 21, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and avoid any unilateral actions that could raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Cyprus protests opening of ghost-suburb's residential area

Jul. 20, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The government of ethnically split Cyprus lodged formal protests with the United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday over a decision by Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned, military-controlled suburb. ...