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Turkish policeman convicted in 2014 death of teenager

Jun. 18, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish police officer has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison for the murder of a teenager who was hit in the head with a tear-gas canister in 2013. Police officer Fatih Dalgali was on trial for causing the death of Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old...

Afghan peace envoy fears pullout will embolden Taliban

Jun. 18, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — The Afghan government’s chief peace envoy expressed fears on Friday that the Taliban will have no interest in a political settlement with the U.S.-supported administration in Kabul after the scheduled departure of American and NATO forces. ...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

Turkey: 1 dead in Bosporus Strait container ship collision

Jun. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A container ship and a fishing boat collided in Istanbul’s Bosporus Strait, killing one person Thursday. Turkey’s Directorate General of Coastal Safety said the ship AS ROSAILA hit a 7-meters-long (23-foot-long) fishing boat under Istanbul’s Yavuz...

Turkey: Attack on pro-Kurdish party offices leaves 1 dead

Jun. 17, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A gunman killed one person Thursday during an attack on the office of a pro-Kurdish party in western Turkey, authorities said.. The Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, said a gunman entered the building in Izmir province, fired shots and attempted to...

Turkey's central bank keeps interest rate unchanged at 19%

Jun. 17, 2021 08:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s central bank left its key benchmark interest rate unchanged at 19% on Thursday. The bank said in a statement that the interest rate would be determined at a level about inflation and a “tight” monetary policy would continue “to maintain...

The Latest: Ramsey leads Wales over Turkey 2-0 at Euro 2020

Jun. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship: ___ Aaron Ramsey scored the first goal to give Wales a 2-0 victory over Turkey at the European Championship. Gareth Bale played a lobbed pass over the opposing defense and Ramsey...

Arab League backs calls for UN intervention in dam dispute

Jun. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Arab foreign ministers on Tuesday backed calls for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a lingering dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on Nile River’s main tributary. The move, announced at...

Leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan hold talks in recaptured city

Jun. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Azerbaijan Tuesday for a two-day visit and, with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, traveled to Shusha, a city that Azerbaijan recaptured from Armenian forces in last autumn’s war. Shusha, a center...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...