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NATO chief heading to Turkey this weekend in fresh push on Swedish membership

Jun. 02, 2023 08:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials this weekend as pressure mounts on Turkey to lift its objections to Sweden joining the military organization. In a statement on Friday,...

How Turkey's president Erdogan has maintained a tight grip on power in the country

Jun. 02, 2023 03:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a populist with increasingly authoritarian tendencies, is scheduled to take the oath of office and start his third presidential term Saturday following his latest election win. Erdogan, who has led Turkey as prime...

NATO presses Turkey to approve Sweden's membership, eyes Ukraine security plan as summit looms

Jun. 01, 2023 14:05 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — NATO on Thursday ramped up pressure on member nation Turkey to drop its objections to Sweden's membership as the military organization seeks to deal with the issue by the time U.S. President Joe Biden and his counterparts meet next month. The 31-member alliance...

Turkish election body confirms Erdogan's victory in runoff vote

Jun. 01, 2023 06:21 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s election board certified the results of the May 28 presidential runoff election on Thursday, confirming that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been a dominant force in Turkish politics for the past two decades, has won a third term as president. Ahmet...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 31, 2023 07:44 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 28 The Washington Post on the debt limit Finally, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have reached a deal to avert an embarrassing — and potentially...

US says ‘the time is now’ for Sweden to join NATO and for Turkey to get new F-16s

May. 30, 2023 14:53 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday the “time is now” for Turkey to drop its objections to Sweden joining NATO but said the Biden administration also believed that Turkey should be provided with upgraded F-16 fighters “as soon as possible.” ...

With new mandate secured, Turkey's Erdogan likely to continue engaging with both West and Russia

May. 29, 2023 15:38 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — After securing a strong new mandate in a runoff presidential election, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan could temper some positions that have irritated his NATO allies. But observers predicted that the country's longtime strongman leader is unlikely to depart from his policy...

What 5 more years of Erdogan's rule means for Turkey

May. 29, 2023 13:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection in a runoff Sunday, following a nail-biter first round two weeks earlier. Having secured another five years, Erdogan now faces a host of domestic challenges in a deeply divided country, from a battered economy to pressure for...

Turkey's Erdogan wins another term as president, extends rule into 3rd decade

May. 28, 2023 18:36 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won reelection Sunday, extending his increasingly authoritarian rule into a third decade as the country reels from high inflation and the aftermath of an earthquake that leveled entire cities. A third term gives Erdogan,...

Polls close in Turkey’s presidential runoff election, as Erdogan seeks to extend two decades of rule.

May. 28, 2023 10:03 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Polls close in Turkey’s presidential runoff election, as Erdogan seeks to extend two decades of rule.