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Turkish, Armenian envoys meet in bid to end chilly relations

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Special envoys from Turkey and Armenia met in Moscow on Friday for a first round of meetings aimed at ending decades of bitterness between their countries and establishing diplomatic ties. Both countries said the meeting was conducted in a “positive and constructive atmosphere." ...

Defense minister warns Greece not to test Turkey's patience

Jan. 08, 2022 09:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece should refrain from testing Turkey’s patience with provocations, including with a threat to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean, Turkey’s defense minister warned on Saturday. Speaking to a group of journalists in Ankara, Hulusi Akar also...

Turkish, Armenian envoys to meet in Moscow on Jan 14

Jan. 05, 2022 13:00 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Special envoys from Turkey and Armenia will hold their first meeting aimed at normalizing their ties on Jan. 14 in Moscow, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday. The two neighbors, which have no diplomatic ties, agreed last month to appoint...

Turkey: US diplomat arrested, allegedly sold fake passport

Dec. 22, 2021 10:57 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have arrested an American diplomat working for the U.S. Consulate in Lebanon for allegedly providing a fake passport to a Syrian man, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Wednesday. The Anadolu Agency said the suspect, identified by...

Turkey, Armenia to appoint envoys in bid to normalize ties

Dec. 14, 2021 02:48 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Armenia will appoint special representatives to discuss steps to normalize their ties, Turkey’s foreign minister said. Speaking in parliament during a debate over his ministry’s budget late Monday, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said charter flights...

EXPLAINER: Turkey's currency is crashing. What's the impact?

Dec. 03, 2021 09:37 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices. ...

European body to begin disciplinary process against Turkey

Dec. 03, 2021 07:06 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Europe’s democracy and human rights-promoting body said Friday it is initiating a rare disciplinary process against Turkey after it failed to comply with a court's ruling to release jailed businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Last week, a...

A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Dec. 02, 2021 13:35 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Greek Cypriots and the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation, saying threats and shows of force were only prolonging the “terrible laceration” its people have endured for nearly a...

Turkey: opposition politician arrested for alleged espionage

Nov. 30, 2021 04:13 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have arrested a prominent member of an opposition party over accusations that he engaged in “political and military espionage,” Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. Anadolu Agency said late Monday that a court in...

Storm with high winds pounds Istanbul; 4 dead, several hurt

Nov. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A powerful storm pounded Istanbul and other parts of Turkey on Monday, killing at least four people and causing havoc in the city of 15 million people, reports said. The victims included a woman who died in Istanbul's Esenyurt district, where strong...