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2 Turkish soldiers killed in north Syria; 2 others wounded

Jul. 25, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in northern Syria, Turkey’s defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry tweeted that a Turkish armored vehicle was attacked. The assault occurred Saturday in the so-called...

Search continues off Greek island for missing migrants

Jul. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation continued into the night Friday off the coast of the Greek island of Crete for several people believed missing a day after a sailboat carrying dozens of migrants sank in high winds. Greece’s coast guard said 37...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

Jul. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided...

Concern mounts about possible Turkish law on media funding

Jul. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Press freedom groups expressed concern Friday about comments by Turkish officials about possible legislation to regulate foreign funding for media and the dissemination of fake news, saying it could further curtail independent journalism in Turkey. A top...

Turkey: Boat carrying 45 migrants sinking in Aegean Sea

Jul. 23, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A boat carrying 45 migrants was sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat ran into trouble about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) south of the Greek...

Syrian government shells in rebel area kill 7 of same family

Jul. 22, 2021 06:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government artillery shells struck a village in the last rebel enclave in the country on Thursday, killing seven members of the same family, including four children, rescue workers and a war monitor said. The shelling is part of an ongoing military...

Draft UN statement urges Turkish reversal of Cyprus action

Jul. 21, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and avoid any unilateral actions that could raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Cyprus protests opening of ghost-suburb's residential area

Jul. 20, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The government of ethnically split Cyprus lodged formal protests with the United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday over a decision by Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned, military-controlled suburb. ...

Greek police prepare criminal case on migrant smuggling

Jul. 20, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos say they are drawing up a criminal case, including on charges of espionage, against 10 people, all foreign nationals, for allegedly helping migrants enter the country illegally. Police in...

Turkey aims for dialogue with Taliban on Kabul Airport plan

Jul. 20, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Tuesday his country will talk with the Taliban regarding Turkey’s bid to operate and secure the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Speaking after Eid al-Adha prayers in northern Cyprus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...