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Turkey holds a tense debate on a bill to control stray dogs. It's raising fears of a mass culling

Jul. 17, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission began a tense debate Wednesday on a bill to manage the country's large stray dog population that animal advocates fear could result in the widespread killing of the animals. The legislation, submitted to parliament by...

Cocked rifles and infrared cameras along Cyprus buffer zone stoke tensions that could spread farther

Jul. 15, 2024 00:58 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The clang of unseen assault rifles being cocked carries across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone in ethnically cleaved Cyprus, ratcheting up concerns that the embers of the island's stagnant conflict could again be rekindled. The rifles are just the...

Turkey proposes bill aimed at managing large stray dog population. Critics say it's inhumane

Jul. 12, 2024 12:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party submitted to parliament Friday a controversial bill aimed at managing the country's large stray dog population. Critics are concerned that the proposed legislation will results in dogs being confined to cramped shelters...

A rapprochement between Syria and Turkey is on the table. Here's what it might mean for the region

Jul. 12, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad have recently signaled that they are interested in restoring diplomatic ties that have been ruptured for more than a decade. Erdogan has said that he hopes to arrange a meeting with Assad soon...

Tehran police close Turkish Airlines office after its employees defy Iran's headscarf law

Jul. 09, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Police in Iran shut down the Turkish Airlines office in the capital of Tehran, Iranian media reported Tuesday, after female employees there apparently refused to wear the mandatory headscarf, or hijab, in an act of defiance of the country’s law. The...

Migrant raft crashes into rocks and sinks off Turkish coast, killing 7. Nineteen others are rescued

Jul. 09, 2024 10:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A life raft carrying migrants crashed into rocks off Turkey’s Aegean coastal town of Cesme on Tuesday, killing seven people on board, the Turkish coast guard said. One person was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat which then alerted the coast guard....

Turkey's Erdogan renews push to restore ties with Syria that were severed over a decade ago

Jul. 07, 2024 09:22 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his willingness to restore ties with Syria and extended an “invitation” Sunday to bring back relations to "how they were in the past." Over 12 years ago, diplomatic ties between Ankara and Damascus were cut off...

UEFA suspends Turkey player Demiral for 2 games for making nationalistic gesture at Euro 2024

Jul. 05, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — UEFA's two-game ban of Turkey player Merih Demiral on Friday for a controversial hand gesture at the European Championship, an incident that led to a diplomatic row between Turkey and host nation Germany. The ban rules Demiral out of the quarterfinal against the...

Erdogan to attend Turkey-Netherlands Euro 2024 quarterfinal amid diplomatic row with host Germany

Jul. 04, 2024 08:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to travel to Berlin to attend the 2024 European Championship quarterfinal game between Turkey and the Netherlands, an official said Thursday, after a controversial gesture by a national team player ignited a diplomatic row between...

Turkey mediates between Somalia and Ethiopia to ease diplomatic tensions

Jul. 01, 2024 17:04 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday mediated talks between Somalia and Ethiopia to ease diplomatic tensions between the east African neighbors, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Tensions between the two African countries have simmered since Ethiopia signed a memorandum of...