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The Latest: Vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

Apr. 16, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1. He made the announcement Friday, as he unveiled plans aimed at bolstering Alaska’s pandemic-battered tourist industry. ...

Turkey to ban cryptocurrencies for buying goods, services

Apr. 16, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank is banning the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in payments for goods and services, according to a decision published in the country’s Official Gazette on Friday. The decision comes as many in Turkey have turned to...

Greek, Turkish FMs meet to mend ties, trade barbs instead

Apr. 15, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A meeting aimed to improve fraught ties between NATO allies Greece and Turkey quickly descended into a tense exchange of accusations between the two neighbors' foreign ministers on Thursday. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Ankara...

1 killed, 12 wounded in market explosion in Iraq's capital

Apr. 15, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — An explosion rocked a market in east Baghdad on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 12 others, according to Iraq's military. The military said the blast in the capital's Sadr City, in the Habibiya neighborhood, was caused by a car laden with...

Turkish central bank maintains key rate unchanged at 19%

Apr. 15, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank on Thursday kept a key interest rate unchanged at 19%, in its first rate decision since the surprise appointment of a new governor that shook confidence in the country's economy. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month...

Biologists defy Cyprus' ethnic divide to protect environment

Apr. 15, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — There’s something regal in the sprightly step and curious gaze of the long-horn sheep that roam the hills near Varisia, an abandoned village inside a U.N. buffer zone that cuts across ethnically divided Cyprus. The endangered Mouflon sheep...

Rocket attack on base in northern Iraq kills Turkish soldier

Apr. 15, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A rocket attack targeting a Turkish military base in northern Iraq killed one soldier and wounded a child in a nearby village, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said in a statement that three rockets were launched at the base in...

The Latest: California governor says all schools must reopen

Apr. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. Speaking Wednesday, he said: “Money is not an object now. It’s an...

Former Turkish prime minister Yildirim Akbulut dies aged 85

Apr. 14, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yildirim Akbulut, who served as Turkey's prime minister during the First Gulf War and also oversaw an influx of ethnic Turkish refugees from Bulgaria, died Wednesday aged 85, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Akbulut died at Ankara University...

Turkey's Erdogan blasts Draghi for calling him a 'dictator'

Apr. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Italian Premier Mario Draghi of “tactlessness” and “rudeness,” for referring to him as a “dictator.” Addressing a group of youths, the Turkish president, who has won several...