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Will Turkey upend NATO expansion? US officials seek clarity

May. 18, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, U.S. officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 17, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman said the Russian military was holding more than 3,000 civilians from Mariupol at another former penal colony near Olenivka in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Seven buses carrying an unknown number of Ukrainian soldiers...

Turkish president in UAE to pay respects, deepening detente

May. 17, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey's president visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler and congratulate his successor, deepening a rapprochement between the countries after a bitter rivalry in the wake of the 2011 Arab uprisings. ...

Sweden, Finland push ahead with NATO bids as Turkey objects

May. 17, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden and Finland on Tuesday pushed ahead with their bids to join NATO even as Turkey insisted it won’t let the previously nonaligned Nordic countries into the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

EXPLAINER: Why is Turkey wary of Nordic states' NATO bid?

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says...

Ukraine says mission at Mariupol steel mill is complete

May. 16, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The regiment that doggedly defended a steel mill as Ukraine's last stronghold in the port city of Mariupol completed its mission Monday after more than 260 fighters, including some badly wounded, were evacuated and taken to areas under Russia’s control, Ukrainian officials...

Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

May. 16, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Turkey´s president on Monday complicated Sweden and Finland´s historic bid to join NATO, saying he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled...

Biden praises Greece for leadership after Russia invasion

May. 16, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday thanked Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for his country's “moral leadership” in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine as the two held talks at the White House on Monday about the ongoing conflict. Mitsotakis was...

EXPLAINER: Next steps for Finland, Sweden on NATO membership

May. 16, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Finland and Sweden have signaled their intention to join NATO over Russia’s war in Ukraine and things will move fast once they formally apply for membership in the world’s biggest security alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already made clear that...

McConnell: Finland, Sweden 'important additions' to NATO

May. 15, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that Finland and Sweden would be “important additions” to NATO as he led a delegation of GOP senators to the region in a show of support against Russia's aggression. McConnell also called on President Joe...