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Turkey urges Chinese authorities to protect the cultural rights of minority Muslim Uyghurs

Jun. 05, 2024 12:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has urged Chinese authorities to protect the cultural rights of minority Muslim Uyghurs in China's western Xinjiang province and allow them to “live their values,” a Turkish official said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on...

Greece is buoyed by a Turkish official's comments about Parthenon sculptures taken by Britain

Jun. 05, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — One of the world’s most intractable cultural disputes is back in the spotlight after a Turkish official cast doubt on the existence of proof long cited by Britain that it had legally acquired the Parthenon Marbles, 2,500-year-old sculptures taken from the Acropolis in...

Pro-Kurdish lawmakers stage protest in Turkey's parliament to denounce the ouster of a new mayor

Jun. 04, 2024 14:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — More than a dozen legislators from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party staged a demonstration in parliament on Tuesday to denounce the arrest and expulsion from office of a newly elected mayor, Turkish media reported. On Monday, authorities detained Mehmet Siddik...

Syria says no dialogue with Turkey before Ankara announces plans to withdraw its troops

Jun. 04, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that any dialogue between Syria and Turkey should only take place after Ankara announces that it will withdraw its troops from all Syrian territories it controls. Faisal Mekdad made the comments during a joint news...

Turkey's defense minister says planned elections by Syrian Kurdish groups are 'unacceptable'

Jun. 03, 2024 11:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Plans by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups to conduct local elections in northern Syria are “unacceptable” and a threat to Turkey’s national security, Turkey’s defense minister said Monday. Turkey considers the move as a step by Syrian Kurdish groups toward...

Turkey signals a new military intervention in Syria if Kurdish groups hold local elections

May. 30, 2024 10:43 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey won't hesitate to act against Kurdish-led groups in northern Syria that Ankara accuses of links to outlawed Kurdish militants, if they proceed with plans to hold local elections in the region, Turkey’s president said Thursday. A Kurdish-led autonomous...

The Latest | Iran's president, foreign minister and others die in helicopter crash

May. 20, 2024 15:13 PM EDT

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others were found dead Monday at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region in the country’s northwest, state media reported. State TV gave no immediate cause for...

Turkey's Erdogan pardons elderly generals imprisoned over 1997 'postmodern coup'

May. 17, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pardoned seven former top military officers who were sentenced to life terms in prison over the ouster of an Islamic-led government in 1997. The former generals, who are in their late 70s and 80s, were pardoned...

A look at assassinations and assassination attempts this century

May. 17, 2024 04:10 AM EDT

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously wounded in an apparent assassination attempt just weeks before a Europe-wide election that has been deeply divisive. He was shot multiple times in an attack in the town of Handlova that authorities described as politically motivated, although...

Turkey sentences pro-Kurdish politicians to lengthy prison terms over deadly 2014 riots

May. 16, 2024 13:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced several pro-Kurdish politicians to between nine and 42 years in prison over deadly riots in 2014 by Kurds angered by what they perceived to be government inaction against Islamic State group militants who had besieged the Syrian border...