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UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

US sanctions individuals suspected of human rights abuses

Dec. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on more than a dozen individuals suspected of human rights violations in six countries and banned two others from entering the United States, including a former Saudi official in Turkey for his alleged role in the murder of...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 1:19 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

Erdogan names Trump, Putin among leaders whom he admires

Dec. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires. In a Q&A with university students, Erdogan said he struggles to name a current...

Erdogan says Turkey could send troops to Libya if requested

Dec. 10, 2019 9:16 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey could deploy troops in Libya, if the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli were to request such support. Erdogan's comment came weeks after Turkey signed security and military cooperation agreements, as well as a...

European court rules for philanthropist jailed in Turkey

Dec. 10, 2019 5:53 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey must immediately release a jailed philanthropist who has been held for more than two years for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday. Businessman Osman Kavala, 62, was arrested in November 2017 and accused of...

Concerned EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Brussels (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that some EU countries are concerned over Turkey's controversial maritime border agreement with Libya but that the bloc will continue studying the deal before deciding whether to take action. The maritime deal, endorsed by the Turkish...

Turkey deports 11 French suspected IS members

Dec. 9, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said Monday. A brief ministry statement said 11 "foreign terrorist fighters" were returned to their home country. It didn't provide details or identify the...