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Man accused of using Turkish background to defraud investors

Sep. 27, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators have brought civil charges against a Georgia man they say defrauded investors who shared his Turkish cultural and religious background. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint Friday in federal court in Atlanta...

Syria says doors open to refugees, despite contrary claims

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s top diplomat on Monday said its doors are open for the safe return of refugees, accusing Western countries of taking advantage of the suffering of Syrians while pretending to care for their well-being. Speaking in New York to the United Nations...

Turkey could buy more Russian missiles despite US warnings

Sep. 26, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has said he would consider buying a second Russian missile system in defiance of strong objections by the United States. In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would have to...

Airstrike kills, wounds Turkey-backed gunmen in north Syria

Sep. 26, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes attacked Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria on Sunday, killing and wounding about 20, an opposition war monitor and pro-government media said. The airstrike struck a position in an area near the town of Afrin. It came amid...

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...

Cyprus says Turkey eyes island's control with 2-state deal

Sep. 24, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s new push for separate Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot states on ethnically divided Cyprus shows a desire to control the whole of the east Mediterranean island nation, the Cypriot Cypriot president charged Friday. Addressing the United...

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...

Erdogan says course of US-Turkey ties 'does not bode well'

Sep. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations “does not bode well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. In a wide-ranging briefing to Turkish journalists, Erdogan...

Turkish central bank bows to Erdogan's pressure to cut rates

Sep. 23, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s Central Bank unexpectedly cut the main interest rate by one percentage point on Thursday, bowing to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for lower borrowing rates to boost growth. The bank’s monetary committee cut the policy rate from...