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An Armenian serviceman fires a cannon towards Azerbaijan positions in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Armenian and Azerbaijani forces accused each other of attacks on their territory Tuesday, as fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a third straight day following the reigniting of a decades-old conflict. (Sipan Gyulumyan/Armenian Defense Ministry Press Service/PAN Photo via AP)

Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks

Sep. 29, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia brushed off the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing each other of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy fighting. In the latest incident, Armenia...

Turkey seeks arrest of Kurdish politicians over 2014 riots

Sep. 25, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants Friday for 82 people, including pro-Kurdish former lawmakers, as part of an investigation into deadly riots that were sparked by anger over the government’s perceived inaction against Islamic State group militants who had besieged a...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talks in a televised address, following a cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Erdogan, who has long called for a reform of the United Nations, says the world body has failed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Erdogan claimed the UN was late in

Turkey, Greece soon to resume talks on resolving disputes

Sep. 22, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks aimed at resolving long-festering disputes, following a weeks-long standoff between the neighbors over maritime boundaries and rights to exploit offshore oil and gas resources. The Greek Foreign Ministry said in a brief statement Tuesday...

Turkey accuses EU of rewarding aggressor in Libya

Sep. 22, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused the European Union of “rewarding the aggressor” after the 27-nation bloc slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm which operates a vessel that was at the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens.  Libya’s U.N.-supported government Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, announced a cease-fire across the oil-rich country and called for demilitarizing the strategic city of Sirte, which is controlled by rival forces.  Fayez Sarraj, head of the Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli, also announced parliamentary and presidential elections would be held in March. Both administrations said they want an end to an oil blockade imposed by the camp of military commander Khalifa Hifter since earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Libya's east-based commander promises end of oil blockade

Sep. 18, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Libya's commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital, Tripoli, said Friday that oil production would restart soon, ending a months-long blockade of the nation's vital oil fields. The...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: NYC teachers union will block school reopening

Sep. 11, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The New York City teachers union warns it won’t let the nation’s largest school district reopen for in-person classes this month if the city doesn’t issue protective equipment, conduct testing and clean schools properly. Union leader Michael Mulgrew in a Friday video...

From left to right, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela , attend a media conference after an emergency summit in Porticcio, Corsica island, Thursday Sept.10, 2020. Leaders of EU countries on the Mediterranean Sea are holding an emergency summit in Corsica on Thursday amid fears of open conflict with Turkey stemming from mounting tensions over oil and gas drilling. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Southern EU leaders urge Turkey to end "unilateral" actions

Sep. 10, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of seven southern European countries on Thursday urged Turkey to end “unilateral and illegal activities” in the eastern Mediterranean and resume dialogue to ease tensions in the region. Heads of states and government of France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain and...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides talk to the media during a press conference at the foreign ministry house in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Lavrov is paying an official visit to Cyprus amid heightened tensions over Turkey's search for energy resources in east Mediterranean waters where Greece and Cyprus claim as having exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Lavrov: Russia ready to help ease Turkey-Greece tension

Sep. 8, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Moscow is ready to help ease rising tensions over Turkey's search for energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, and rejected any actions that could lead to further escalation. Sergey Lavrov said Moscow could help start talks if...

In this photo provided by the Greek Defense Ministry on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, air force jets participate in a joined training drill with armed forces from Greece and the United Arab Emirates near the Greek island of Crete, southern Greece. Turkey's president on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, has warned Greece to enter talks over disputed eastern Mediterranean territorial claims or face the consequences. Ankara is currently facing off against Greece and Cyprus over oil and gas exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. All sides have deployed naval and air forces to assert their competing claims in the region. (Greek Defense Ministry via AP)

Greece to boost military amid tensions with neighbor Turkey

Sep. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will bolster its military with new arms, more personnel and by developing the country’s defense industry, the government said Monday, as a tense standoff with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two NATO allies. Ankara is facing off...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a hospital's opening ceremony, in Istanbul, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Erdogan on Saturday warned Greece to enter talks over disputed eastern Mediterranean territorial claims or face the consequences.

Erdogan raises rhetoric in Greece standoff in Mediterranean

Sep. 5, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Greece to enter talks over disputed eastern Mediterranean territorial claims or face the consequences. “They’re either going to understand the language of politics and diplomacy, or in the field with painful...