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Turkey: more steps needed for nod to Nordic states' NATO bid

Nov. 30, 2022 08:51 AM EST

BUCHAREST (AP) — Sweden and Finland have made some progress in meeting Ankara's security concerns but still need to undertake “concrete steps” to win Turkey’s approval for their NATO membership bids, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary...

Turkish strikes harming counter-IS operations, US, Kurds say

Nov. 29, 2022 15:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. and Kurdish military officials said Tuesday that Turkish airstrikes and a threatened ground invasion in northern Syria are impacting their joint operations against the Islamic State extremist group. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

Turkish police detain protesters at anti-violence rally

Nov. 25, 2022 13:52 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Friday broke up a rally calling for an end to violence against women and for Turkey’s return to a treaty aimed at protecting them, detaining dozens of people. The demonstrators tried to march along Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, Istiklal,...

Turkish central bank cuts rates again despite high inflation

Nov. 24, 2022 07:41 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank delivered another outsized interest rate cut Thursday despite inflation running at more than 85% and other countries moving the opposite way to ease the pain of soaring prices. The central bank said its Monetary Policy Committee decided...

Erdogan vows Syria ground invasion, Kurds prepare response

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday to order a land invasion of northern Syria targeting Kurdish groups, amid yearslong border violence and repeated Turkish incursions. Turkey has launched a barrage of airstrikes on suspected militant...

Turkish strikes on Kurds stoke tensions with Syria as well

Nov. 23, 2022 09:58 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia has pushed for years for a reconciliation between its ally, the Syrian government, and Turkey, which stood on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war. Recent weeks saw the first small signs of possible progress. But that could be threatened by this weekend’s...

Turkey hints new Syria offensive; Russia urges restraint

Nov. 22, 2022 15:03 PM EST

ANKARA (AP) — Turkey’s president again hinted at a possible new ground offensive in Syria against Kurdish militants on Tuesday, as Syrian forces denounced new airstrikes and Russia urged restraint and called on Ankara to avoid an escalation. Russian presidential envoy in Syria...

Egypt, Greece sign deals on migrant rescues, agriculture

Nov. 22, 2022 14:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Greece signed two bilateral deals on Tuesday, including a pact to improve cooperation in migrant search and rescue missions across the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. The deals, signed in Cairo, marked the second meeting the two countries’ foreign...

Kurdish militants fire at Turkish border town, 2 killed

Nov. 21, 2022 15:04 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Suspected Kurdish militants in Syria fired rockets across the border into Turkey on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others, Turkish officials said. The attack followed deadly airstrikes by Turkey on suspected militant targets in Syria and Iraq. ...

Turkey summons Swedish envoy over images 'insulting' Erdogan

Nov. 21, 2022 11:43 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned the Swedish ambassador on Monday after images that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and served as Kurdish militant propaganda were projected on the Turkish Embassy building in Stockholm, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. ...