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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Turkey's ex-prime minister resigns from Erdogan's party

Sep. 13, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced his resignation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and plans to form a new political movement. Davutoglu resigned on Friday, days after the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, began proceedings to...

Turkey: 5 opposition newspaper staff released from prison

Sep. 13, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says five jailed journalists and staff members of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have been freed on the orders of an appeals court. Anadolu Agency said cartoonist Musa Kart and four other Cumhuriyet employees were released from their prison in...

Turkish central bank slashes key interest rate again

Sep. 12, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's central bank, under its new governor, has slashed its key interest rate again, this time by 3.25 percentage points. The bank said Thursday it had lowered the one-week repo auction rate to 16.50% from 19.75%, saying the inflation outlook continued to improve. The bank had cut...

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

Sep. 11, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government's more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a "smear campaign" against Turkey, after the...

A look at John Bolton's tenure in Trump administration

Sep. 10, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

John Bolton's tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser included disagreements on several key policy issues, including relations with Iran and North Korea. During his year and a half at the White House, Bolton had particular success in shaping the administration's policies toward the United...

Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria 'safe zone' plans

Sep. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

Charity ship rescues 50 African migrants in sea off Libya

Sep. 8, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — A charity ship run by humanitarian groups in the Mediterranean spent a rainy Sunday searching open waters for a fragile rubber boat overloaded with migrants before finally plucking 50 people to safety not far off Libya's coast. The Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking, which is...

Turkey, US conduct 'safe zone' joint patrols in north Syria

Sep. 8, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AP) — Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria on Sunday as part of a so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile Kurdish-administered region. Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30...

To set up 'safe zone,' US wades into muddled Syria politics

Sep. 7, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AP) — U.S. flags fluttered on the back of coalition armored vehicles as they whizzed past tiny hamlets in northeastern Syria. Once part of the sprawling territories controlled by the Islamic State group, the areas are now under threat of an attack from Turkey, which considers these...