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Syrian activists say airstrikes kill 27 in rebel-held town

Jul. 22, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Multiple airstrikes hit a busy market in a rebel-controlled town in northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least 27 people and turning several buildings into piles of rubble, according to opposition activists and a war monitor. Shortly afterward, state media said rebels shelled a...

Turkish minister says govt will respond to any US sanctions

Jul. 22, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has reiterated that the country intends to respond to any U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. However, Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkey's TGRT television in an interview Monday that President Donald Trump is reluctant...

Turkey steps up drilling activities around Cyprus

Jul. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's vice president said Saturday that his country is dispatching a survey vessel to join two drillships and another research boat to search for hydrocarbons off ethnically divided Cyprus. Turkey will "never submit" to sanctions imposed by the European Union over its drilling in...

Suspect in shooting of Turkish diplomat arrested

Jul. 20, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish security officials say they have arrested the lead suspect in the shooting of a Turkish diplomat in Iraq's semi-autonomous region. The Kurdistan Region Security Council published a picture of the suspect Saturday, saying he was arrested by security and counterterrorism units...

Greek minister says Turkey's drilling tests EU's credibility

Jul. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's new defense minister says Turkey's illegal gas drilling off Cyprus is testing the European Union's credibility as a guardian of its members' energy interests in the Mediterranean. Nikos Panagiotopoulos said after talks with the defense minister of Cyprus on Friday that...

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebels after diplomat's death

Jul. 19, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, after the killing of a Turkish diplomat there, state-run media quoted Turkey's defense minister as saying on Friday. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkish jets on Thursday hit the...

Trial of ex-Flynn business partner allowed to go forward

Jul. 18, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is allowing the trial of a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to go forward even though he says the evidence is weak. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Bijan Kian . He is accused of failing to register as a Turkish...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

Jul. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over its decision to buy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The White House said Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible" while the...

The Latest: Greece: 10 arrested over migrants medical fraud

Jul. 18, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migration flows to Europe (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A doctor, two medical staff members, and a translator have been arrested at a state-run camp for migrants and refugees in Greece, accused of issuing medical notes for non-existent conditions to exempt migrants from...

Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

Jul. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's...