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Blinken confident in Finland, Sweden accession to NATO

Dec. 08, 2022 13:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday the United States is confident that Finland and Sweden will be approved soon for membership in NATO despite ratification delays in allies Turkey and Hungary. After meeting his Finnish and Swedish counterparts on...

French Nobel Laureate says men must change attitudes now

Dec. 06, 2022 09:54 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — French author Annie Ernaux who won this year's Nobel Prize for literature, said Tuesday that men need to change their attitudes now, before women attain full equality with them. “Because if men do not become aware of their body, their way of life, their way of...

Turkey says Finland must end arms embargo to join NATO

Dec. 06, 2022 08:36 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Finland must publicly declare that it's lifting an arms embargo on Turkey to win Ankara’s approval for its membership to NATO, the Turkish foreign minister said Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments ahead of visit by Finland’s Defense Minister Antti...

Turkey welcomes Sweden's extradition of wanted convict

Dec. 05, 2022 09:34 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday welcomed Sweden’s extradition of a convicted member of an outlawed militant group, calling it a “start” that showed Stockholm's sincerity in assuaging Turkey's security concerns. NATO-member Turkey has been holding up bids by Sweden and...

Report: Ukraine war ups arms sales but challenges lie ahead

Dec. 05, 2022 06:45 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Global arms sales increased by nearly 2% in 2021, the seventh consecutive year of increases, an international arms sales watchdog noted Monday. It added that the war in Ukraine had increased demand for weapons this year, but the conflict may also lead to a supply...

Turkish strikes on US Kurd allies resonate in Ukraine war

Dec. 03, 2022 12:48 PM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Biden administration officials are toughening their language toward NATO ally Turkey as they try to talk Turkish President Recep Erdogan out of launching a bloody and destabilizing ground offensive against American-allied Kurdish forces in neighboring Syria. ...

Sweden extradites to Turkey man convicted of terror links

Dec. 03, 2022 12:06 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities on Saturday arrested and jailed in Istanbul a convicted member of an outlawed militant group who was extradited from Sweden where he had fled, Turkey’s state-run news agency said. The move comes as the NATO member continues to hold up Sweden...

Elton John to play Glastonbury as epic tour draws to close

Dec. 02, 2022 03:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Elton John is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in June, in what organizers say will be his farewell show in Britain. The festival announced Friday that the star will play the 2023 festival’s final night on June 25. The festival...

Swedish police make large drug seizure in Stockholm area

Dec. 01, 2022 04:18 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police said Thursday that they have seized around 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of narcotics in Stockholm, with a total street value of about 80 million kronor ($7.6 million). Three men have been arrested on suspicion of serious drug offences in connection...

Turkey: more steps needed for nod to Nordic states' NATO bid

Nov. 30, 2022 08:51 AM EST

BUCHAREST (AP) — Sweden and Finland have made some progress in meeting Ankara's security concerns but still need to undertake “concrete steps” to win Turkey’s approval for their NATO membership bids, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary...