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Kurds to be key swing vote in Turkey's local elections

Mar. 24, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Millions of Kurdish votes will be crucial in determining the fate of Turkey's March 31 local elections, as a pro-Kurdish party has made the strategic decision to send votes to an opposition rival to challenge the ruling party in key races in Istanbul and Ankara. The Peoples' Democratic...

Cyprus arrests Turkish Kurd terror suspect wanted by Germany

Mar. 23, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman says authorities have arrested a Turkish Kurd against whom Germany has launched criminal proceedings for "terrorist activities." Prodromos Prodromou said in a written statement Saturday that the individual had been recognized by Cyprus as a political...

US-allied Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Mar. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The...

Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

Mar. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international...

NZ says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation

Mar. 22, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison and called for solidarity to eradicate "hate-filled ideologies." Winston Peters was speaking at an emergency...

Cyprus seeks EU intelligence access for migrant screening

Mar. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus wants access to the European Union's security intelligence network so it can screen arriving migrants more thoroughly for signs of radicalization by extremist groups, the Mediterranean island nation's interior minister said Thursday. Rising numbers of migrants enter ethnically...

Austrian court rejects complaint by expelled Turkish imams

Mar. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's Constitutional Court has thrown out a complaint by two Turkish imams expelled under a 2015 law that prevents religious communities from getting funding from foreign nations. The court said Thursday the so-called "Islam Law" didn't constitute a disproportionate restriction of...

Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

Mar. 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand, which is trying to stop its use, is due to visit Turkey. Erdogan broadcast the video at an election rally Thursday in Eskisehir, central...

Turkish, Greek ministers meet with 'positive agenda'

Mar. 21, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the announcement during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart...

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Mar. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context. A diplomatic dispute flared over Erdogan's comments...