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Attack in restaurant in northern Iraq kills Turkish diplomat

Jul. 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Turkish-owned restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate, Turkey's state-run news agency and Iraqi media said. The rare shooting in broad daylight jolted the normally...

Turkey: EU sanctions over gas drilling 'worthless'

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday rejected as "worthless" an initial set of sanctions approved by the European Union against Ankara, and vowed to send a new vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to reinforce its efforts to drill for hydrocarbons off the island of Cyprus. EU foreign ministers on Monday...

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The ministers said in a statement that in light of Turkey's...

Trial of former Flynn business partner begins in Virginia

Jul. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to hide the fact that he and Flynn were secretly working on behalf of the Turkish government to advance its agenda, prosecutors said Monday. A federal jury in Alexandria heard opening statements in the...

European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus.

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

Jul. 15, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site. Residents set fire to tires, mattresses, and garbage to try and deter the police in riot gear. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the...

Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

Jul. 15, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russia in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, further defying its NATO ally the United States, which has warned the country of possible sanctions over its purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system....

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Turkey marks 3rd anniversary of failed coup

Jul. 15, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is marking the third anniversary of the July 15 failed coup attempt against the government with prayers and other events remembering its victims. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday attended a prayer recitation at a mosque on the grounds of the presidential complex,...

Turkey begins second wave of operations against PKK in Iraq

Jul. 13, 2019 4:36 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says it has launched a new military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The ministry, in a statement Saturday, announced the start of "Operation Claw-2" to destroy caves and shelters used by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the...