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Turkish trial against Australian IS suspect postponed

May. 24, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

KILIS, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court has postponed an extradition case against an Australian Islamic State suspect pending the result of a Turkish terror-related investigation. Australia is seeking to extradite suspected IS recruiter Neil Prakash, who has been in Turkish custody since 2016. The former...

Venezuela's Maduro swift to act days after election victory

May. 23, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nicolas Maduro hasn't wasted time consolidating power in the aftermath of his disputed victory in Venezuela's presidential election. He has thrown out U.S. diplomats, arrested alleged military conspirators and cracked down on the nation's last remaining critical major newspaper....

Turkish central bank raises key rate and helps lift currency

May. 23, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Under pressure to act, Turkey's central bank sharply raised its key lending rate Wednesday to try to stem an outflow of capital from the country, control inflation and support the beleaguered currency. The Turkish lira regained some of its value after the bank's monetary policy...

Syrian official rejects US demand for Iranian withdrawal

May. 23, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria on Wednesday dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah militants from the war-torn country. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad told Russia's Sputnik news agency that "this topic is not even on the agenda of discussion, since it...

The Latest: Migrants protest overcrowding at Greek camp

May. 23, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. About 100 asylum-seekers are protesting outside a camp in northern Greece to draw attention to overcrowding and poor housing conditions there. The mostly Kurdish protesters, including many children, held up placards at the entrance...

Godly giants in kilts: Meet Greece's best-known soldiers

May. 23, 2018 6:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It might be the short, pleated kilts, tasseled black garters and pompom-tipped shoes, but there's something more endearing than intimidating about Greece's best-known military unit, the Presidential Guard. Which helps explain why they are one of Athens' most popular tourist...

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Maduro over Venezuelan poll

May. 23, 2018 3:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro on winning Sunday's presidential election. Officials from Erdogan's office said the Turkish leader called Maduro late on Tuesday, making Turkey one of the few countries to recognize the...

France's Total boosts Cypriot gas plan as it eyes Iran exit

May. 21, 2018 8:22 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — French energy company Total says it is looking to expand its search for natural gas off Cyprus' south coast and seeks to secure another exploratory drilling license, days after warning it could exit Iran over renewed U.S. sanctions there. Stephane Michel, Total's Middle East...

Iran names initial squad for World Cup

May. 21, 2018 6:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Jalal Hosseini and Vouria Ghaffouri have both been left off Iran's provisional 24-man squad for the World Cup. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz did not say why Hosseini, a Persepolis defender, and Ghaffouri were not included. There was space for midfielders Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi,...

Turkey's Erdogan seeks expatriate support for re-election

May. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Turkey's president addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Bosnia's capital Sunday to shore up support before his country's snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month. Adapting his domestic campaign speeches to include promises to Turkish citizens living...