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Cable car accident in Turkey sends 1 passenger to his death and injures 7, with scores stranded

Apr. 12, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — One person was killed and seven injured Friday when a cable car pod in southern Turkey hit a pole and burst open, sending the passengers plummeting to the mountainside below, officials and local media said. Scores of other people were left stranded late into the night after the...

Turkey seizes its third largest cocaine haul. Experts say the country is becoming a drug transit hub

Apr. 11, 2024 04:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police have seized the third largest haul of cocaine in the country’s history, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced Thursday, as groups monitoring organized crime warned that the country was becoming an entry point for drugs reaching Europe. Some 608...

3 girls found dead and 16 rescued after a boat carrying migrants is lost near a Greek island

Apr. 11, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rescuers on the eastern Greek island of Chios on Wednesday recovered the bodies of three girls who died after a boat carrying migrants from nearby Turkey hit rocks, officials said. Fourteen people, including eight other children, were rescued by the coast...

Eid prayers held in a historic former mosque in northern Greece for the first time in 100 years

Apr. 10, 2024 06:42 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Stars of David adorning the balconies along the top of the building catch the first glimmers of the dawn light as worshipers pass through the gates of the historic Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, for morning prayers. Wednesday marked the first time since...

Turkey and Israel announce trade barriers on each other as relations deteriorate over Gaza

Apr. 09, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Israel announced trade barriers on each other Tuesday as relations deteriorated further amid the war in Gaza. Turkey, a staunch critic of Israel’s military actions in the territory, announced that it was restricting exports of 54 types of products...

Turkey arrests two more people suspected of spying for Israel

Apr. 05, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have arrested two people suspected of providing information to the Israeli spy agency, a top official said Friday, in the latest in a series of such arrests in Turkey. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said the suspects allegedly gathered...

Turkey's top election authority restores newly elected pro-Kurdish mayor's right to hold office

Apr. 03, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s highest electoral authority on Wednesday restored the right of a newly elected mayor from a pro-Kurdish party to hold office, overturning an earlier decision by a lower body that had sparked widespread protests and led to dozens of arrests. The...

Turkey denies newly elected pro-Kurdish mayor the right to hold office in country's east

Apr. 02, 2024 16:11 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s electoral authorities on Tuesday denied the newly elected mayor from a pro-Kurdish political party the right to hold office in an eastern city and replaced him with his runner-up in the race — a candidate from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. ...

After a huge setback in local elections, which way forward now for Turkey's Erdogan?

Apr. 01, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The huge gains made by the opposition in Turkey’s local elections are raising the possibility that the long-serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party could step back from some of the populist leader’s more polarizing policies ahead of the next round of voting...

In setback to Turkey's Erdogan, opposition makes huge gains in local election

Apr. 01, 2024 05:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party retained its control over key cities and made huge gains elsewhere in Sunday's local elections, in a major upset to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had set his sights on retaking control of those urban areas. With more than...