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Turkey's Erdogan bids farewell to Merkel after 16 years

Oct. 16, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Angela Merkel’s final visit to Turkey as German chancellor on Saturday saw two of Europe’s longest serving leaders pay tribute to one another as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted her for farewell talks overlooking the Bosporus. Erdogan...

Turkish court rules to keep leading philanthropist in jail

Oct. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday again ruled to keep a leading Turkish philanthropist in jail in defiance of repeated calls by Europe’s top human rights organization and its judiciary arm for his release. Businessman and civil rights activist Osman...

Hamilton tops both practice sessions at Turkish GP

Oct. 08, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Racing with a new engine on Friday, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in both practice sessions for the Turkish Grand Prix. This season’s narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and...

Refugees in fear as sentiment turns against them in Turkey

Sep. 25, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Fatima Alzahra Shon thinks neighbors attacked her and her son in their Istanbul apartment building because she is Syrian. The 32-year-old refugee from Aleppo was confronted on Sept. 1 by a Turkish woman who asked her what she was doing in...

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 25, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet. The last time the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t...

Turkey's Erdogan looks to Putin after Biden talks disappoint

Sep. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that recent talks with U.S. President Joe Biden had proved disappointing, and that his country, a NATO member, would seek closer ties with Russia. Speaking after prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said he and...

Afghans face hunger crisis, adding to Taliban's challenges

Sep. 01, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations' stockpiles of food in Afghanistan could run out this month, a senior official warned Wednesday, threatening to add a hunger crisis to the challenges facing the country's new Taliban rulers as they try to restore stability after decades of war. ...

Victorious Taliban focus on governing after US withdrawal

Aug. 31, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban reveled in their victory after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, reiterating their pledge Tuesday to bring peace and security to the country after decades of war. Their anxious citizens, meanwhile, are waiting to see what the new order looks...

Taliban celebrate victory as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan

Aug. 30, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters watched the last U.S. planes disappear into the sky over Afghanistan around midnight Monday and then fired their guns into the air, celebrating victory after a 20-year insurgency that drove the world's most powerful military out of one of the...

The Latest: US strikes at IS in retaliation for bombing

Aug. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. ...