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AP PHOTOS: In 2023, calamities of war and disaster were unleashed again on an unsettled Middle East

Dec. 07, 2023 00:24 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — War and natural disasters ravaged an increasingly unsettled Middle East throughout 2023, further straining countries already hit by worsening economic conditions and affected by extreme weather fueled by climate change. By the end of the year, a...

Turkey's Erdogan tends to strained relationship with EU with 'win-win' trip to neighbor Greece

Dec. 06, 2023 07:18 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will fly to Greece on Thursday on a visit designed to set the historically uneasy neighbors on a more constructive path. Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will oversee joint Cabinet talks and trade...

NATO member-to-be Sweden and the US sign defense deal, saying it strengthens regional security

Dec. 06, 2023 06:48 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — On the brink of joining NATO, Sweden has signed a defense cooperation agreement with Washington that will allow the United States access to all of the military bases across the Scandinavian country, saying the deal would bolster regional security. Swedish Defense...

Iran arrests a popular singer after he was handed over by police in Turkey

Dec. 06, 2023 04:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian authorities have arrested a popular singer who had criticized the government after he was handed over by police in Turkey, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. Amirhossein Maghsoudloo, better known as Tataloo, has been...

AP PHOTOS: An earthquake, a shipwreck and a king's coronation are among Europe's views in 2023

Dec. 06, 2023 00:16 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two men play with a ball in the placid sea; a woman practices yoga where the water meets the hot sand. No one looks back — at the hellscape that starts a few beach-towel lengths away. The black bones of pine trees and scrub stretch inland as far as the eye...

NATO chief tells Turkey's Erdogan that 'the time has come' to let Sweden join the alliance

Dec. 01, 2023 09:59 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he has told Turkey’s president that “the time has come” to let Sweden become a member of the military alliance. Turkey and Hungary are the only NATO countries that have not yet formally approved...

Live updates | Hamas and Israel free more hostages and prisoners as deadline to extend truce nears

Nov. 29, 2023 23:30 PM EST

Ten Israeli women and children and four Thai nationals held captive in Gaza were freed by Hamas, and Israel followed with the release of a group of Palestinian prisoners Thursday. It was the latest exchange of hostages for prisoners under a temporary cease-fire in the Gaza war. Two Russian-Israeli...

Latvia's chief diplomat pursues NATO's top job, saying a clear vision on Russia is needed

Nov. 28, 2023 13:55 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia’s foreign minister on Tuesday staked his claim to the top job at NATO, saying that the military organization needs a consensus builder who is committed to higher defense spending and has a clear vision of how to deal with Russia. NATO is likely to name a...

Erdogan to visit Budapest next month as Turkey and Hungary hold up Sweden's membership in NATO

Nov. 28, 2023 08:37 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Hungary's capital in December, his second trip to Budapest this year at a time when both countries remain the only NATO members not to have ratified Sweden's accession into the trans-Atlantic military alliance. ...

Live updates | An Israel-Hamas deal for hostages and a four-day cease-fire has been approved

Nov. 21, 2023 23:54 PM EST

Israel’s Cabinet approved a cease-fire agreement with the Hamas militant group that would bring a temporary halt to the devastating war that is now in its seventh week. The Israeli government said that under an outline of the deal, Hamas is to free at least 50 of the roughly 240...