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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a joint statement with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Tentative start to Turkey-Greece talks after year of strife

Jan. 25, 2021 9:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first high-level talks aimed at reducing tensions between Turkey and Greece in five years took place behind closed doors on Monday. The summit of senior officials came after a year that saw the two NATO members come to the verge of conflict in the eastern Mediterranean — a...

Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes Cyprus; no injuries, damage

Jan. 21, 2021 11:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 shook Cyprus on Thursday, frightening some people who fled from their homes. No injuries or damage was reported. The temblor struck at 4:27 p.m. (1427 GMT or 9:27 a.m. EST), Cyprus' Geological Survey said, and was felt across the...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell give a joint statement prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey launches charm offensive to ease tensions with EU

Jan. 21, 2021 8:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey on Thursday launched a new effort to get its strained relations with the European Union back on track, as the country’s foreign minister visited Brussels looking to talk about migration and plan a series of high-level talks with the 27-nation bloc. Turkey has been a candidate...

Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou arrives at the prosecutor's office in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd act” after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss team preparations in 1998. Multiple claims by other female athletes of sexual misconduct from sporting administrators followed over the weekend. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Olympic champion's abuse claim triggers debate in Greece

Jan. 20, 2021 12:36 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou appeared before a public prosecutor in Athens Wednesday in relation to sexual assault accusations she made that have ignited a nationwide debate on misconduct and encouraged multiple victims to make their claims public. Bekatorou, who won...

UN chief intends to invite Cyprus rivals to meet soon

Jan. 19, 2021 10:06 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he intends to invite the rival leaders on Cyprus to an informal meeting “as soon as practicable,” but he warns that this meeting must be different and help clarify “the true extent" of their common vision “and...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020 file photo, people enjoy a glass of mulled wine in the street before the curfew in Strasbourg, eastern France. Trying to fend off the need for a third nationwide lockdown that would further dent Europe’s second-largest economy and put more jobs in danger, France is instead opting for creeping curfews. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

At a glance: Europe's coronavirus curfews and lockdowns

Jan. 14, 2021 1:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Across Europe and beyond, countries have a patchwork of curfews and lockdowns of varying strictness to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Here, at a glance, are the measures in place in the European Union's 27 member nations and some neighboring countries: —- Austria: In a third...

Cyprus: Brawl at overcrowded migrant camp injures 25

Jan. 12, 2021 3:51 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — More than two dozen migrants were injured during a large brawl between nationals from Syria and several African countries at an overcrowded migrant reception camp outside of Cyprus’ capital, a government official said Tuesday. Interior Ministry spokesman Loizos Michael told...

Cyprus, UAE sign first military cooperation agreement

Jan. 12, 2021 2:43 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed their first military cooperation agreement as the eastern Mediterranean island nation seeks to bolster relations with nearby countries in the Middle East. Cyprus already had military agreements with Egypt, Israel and Jordan, and...

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, shows the the scene of the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Interpol issued a wanted notice for two Russians and a Portuguese man over explosive material that had been shipped to Beirut and stored at the city’s port for six years until it exploded in August. The state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, that the Interpol-issued Red Notices were for the owner and captain of the Rhosus, the ship that carried the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to Lebanon in 2013, as well as a Portuguese nitrate trader who visited the port’s warehouse in Beirut in 2014 where the material was stored. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Interpol issues notices over Lebanon's massive port blast

Jan. 12, 2021 6:53 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol has issued a wanted notice for two Russians and a Portuguese man over explosive material that had been shipped to Beirut and stored at the city’s port for six years until it exploded in August, the state-run National News Agency reported Tuesday. The Aug. 4 explosion killed...

In this photo released from Cyprus' Press and Information Office, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, right, and United Nations Secretary General advisor Jane Holl Lute talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Lute is meeting both leaders separately in order to prepare the ground for reunification talks. (Stavros Ioannides/Cyprus' Press and Information Office via AP)

UN chief to gauge next month possible Cyprus talks restart

Jan. 11, 2021 1:25 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to meet next month with ethnically split Cyprus’ rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to gauge whether conditions are ripe to resume dormant peace talks, the Cypriot government spokesman said on Monday. Kyriakos Koushos...