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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...

At OIC, Muslim nations condemn Israel and US, call for unity

May. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslim nations on Friday condemned Israel and the inauguration of the American embassy in contested Jerusalem as a "provocation and hostility against" the Islamic world, while Turkey's president called for action, including a peacekeeping force. A final communique from the Organization of...

Turkey slams US sentencing of Turkish banker on Iran scheme

May. 17, 2018 7:35 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has criticized the sentencing of a Turkish banker in the United States over his role in helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions, in a case that has further strained ties between the two countries. In a statement late Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry called the trial against Mehmet...

Turkish banker gets 32-month sentence in Iran sanctions case

May. 16, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a case that strained relations between the United States and Turkey, a judge sentenced a Turkish banker on Wednesday to just over two and a half years in prison, ignoring recommendations that he spend decades behind bars for his role in helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions. U.S....

Hamas says most slain Gaza protesters were its members

May. 16, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Most of the protesters killed this week by Israeli fire along the border with the Gaza Strip were members of Hamas, the militant group said Wednesday, an assertion that deepens the starkly different narratives on both sides over the deaths. Israel, which has faced blistering international...

Israel-Turkey spat escalates over Gaza violence

May. 16, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Turkey exchanged diplomatic barbs Wednesday as the spat between the former allies escalated following deadly violence along Israel's border with Gaza. A day after it expelled the Israeli ambassador, Turkey asked Israel's consul general in Istanbul to leave as well. Israel, in...

The Latest: Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

May. 15, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border...

Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with high casualty toll

May. 15, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza...

Greece changes asylum rules to fight camp overcrowding

May. 15, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament approved legislation Tuesday that is designed to speed up the asylum process for migrants, ease the overcrowding at Greek island refugee camps and to deport more people back to Turkey. Under the new law, staff will be added at the office that handles asylum...

May hails UK-Turkey bond, presses Erdogan on human rights

May. 15, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that Britain is Turkey's "true friend," but urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to uphold democracy and human rights. Erdogan held talks with May at 10 Downing St. on the final day of a three-day trip to the U.K. that included an audience with Queen...