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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of Gaza's misery

Apr. 10, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday Wednesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But events were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in Gaza and Israel’s expected military offensive in Rafah city after six months of war. “We...

Turkey and Israel announce trade barriers on each other as relations deteriorate over Gaza

Apr. 09, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Israel announced trade barriers on each other Tuesday as relations deteriorated further amid the war in Gaza. Turkey, a staunch critic of Israel’s military actions in the territory, announced that it was restricting exports of 54 types of products...

The Latest | Netanyahu vows to carry out Rafah invasion, which US says would be a mistake

Apr. 08, 2024 14:18 PM EDT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has escalated his pledge to invade the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which is filled with around 1.4 million Palestinians, most of whom are displaced from other parts of the Gaza Strip. “It will happen. There is a date,” Netanyahu...

Turkey's top election authority restores newly elected pro-Kurdish mayor's right to hold office

Apr. 03, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s highest electoral authority on Wednesday restored the right of a newly elected mayor from a pro-Kurdish party to hold office, overturning an earlier decision by a lower body that had sparked widespread protests and led to dozens of arrests. The...

Deadly Istanbul nightclub fire was likely caused by welding sparks, Turkish media reports say

Apr. 03, 2024 07:20 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A fire that spread through an Istanbul nightclub during renovations, killing 29 people, was likely caused by welding sparks igniting combustible material, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing fire department officials. The fire engulfed the popular Masquerade...

Turkey denies newly elected pro-Kurdish mayor the right to hold office in country's east

Apr. 02, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s electoral authorities on Tuesday denied the newly elected mayor from a pro-Kurdish political party the right to hold office in an eastern city and replaced him with his runner-up in the race — a candidate from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. ...

After a huge setback in local elections, which way forward now for Turkey's Erdogan?

Apr. 01, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The huge gains made by the opposition in Turkey’s local elections are raising the possibility that the long-serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party could step back from some of the populist leader’s more polarizing policies ahead of the next round of voting...

Greek islands launch special visa program for Turkish visitors in diplomatic effort to calm region

Apr. 01, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials on the Greek island of Rhodes opened a new vacation visa terminal for Turkish visitors Monday as part of a diplomatic effort to ease long-standing tensions between the two countries. The limited-access visa will allow Turks to visit 10 Greek islands...

In setback to Turkey's Erdogan, opposition makes huge gains in local election

Apr. 01, 2024 05:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party retained its control over key cities and made huge gains elsewhere in Sunday's local elections, in a major upset to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had set his sights on retaking control of those urban areas. With more than...

Turkey's high-stakes mayoral races are expected to be close. Volunteer monitors will be key

Mar. 28, 2024 01:19 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — With local elections across Turkey days away, legal experts are coaching thousands of volunteer election monitors on the rules they'll need to watch for fraud and ensure a fair vote. The vote across Turkey’s 81 provinces Sunday will determine who controls...