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EU aims for deal with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Cyprus

Sep. 28, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union could work out ways to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to Cyprus and other EU nations when it holds high-level talks in Ankara next month, a top EU official said Tuesday. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said...

Syria says doors open to refugees, despite contrary claims

Sep. 27, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s top diplomat said Monday that his country's 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 U.N....

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...

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...

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...

The Latest: Kenya's president outlines his UN priorities

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

The Latest on the UN General Assembly: ___ UNITED NATIONS — With Kenya poised to assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, the country’s president outlined his priorities. Uhuru Kenyatta said...

Turkish warship warns Greek ship not to enter its waters

Sep. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish warship issued a warning to a Greek research vessel to prevent it entering what Turkey considers its territorial waters, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The showdown came a year after tensions in the eastern Mediterranean threatened to escalate into...

'The future is raising its voice': A dire mood at UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, climate change and worsening divisions among nations and cultures topped the agenda Wednesday as leaders from China to Costa Rica, from Finland to Turkey to the United Nations itself outlined reasons why the world isn't working as it should — and what must be...