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England, Czech Republic, France and Turkey reach Euro 2020

Nov. 14, 2019 6:37 PM EST

England qualified in style for the 2020 European Championship, while the Czech Republic, France and Turkey also booked their places Thursday at next year’s tournament. England only needed a draw to qualify but Harry Kane scored a hat trick in a 7-0 win over Montenegro, and the Czech Republic also advanced...

Turkey deports American IS suspect stuck at Greek border

Nov. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An American man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group is being repatriated to the United States after spending three days in a no man's land between Turkey and Greece, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Thursday. The United States agreed to take him in and will...

Body of White Helmets’ founder to be flown to London

Nov. 13, 2019 8:30 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says the body of a former British officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer group in Syria, has been transferred to Istanbul's main airport to be flown to London, following an autopsy. Anadolu Agency said James Le Mesurier's body would be...

Turkey tries to shed light on White Helmets founder's death

Nov. 12, 2019 10:10 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials were performing an autopsy and other procedures Tuesday as they tried to understand how a former British officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer aid group in Syria died. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in Istanbul early Monday by...

Briton who helped found Syria's White Helmets dies in Turkey

Nov. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organization in Syria was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officials and the group said. The cause of death was under investigation. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in the Beyoglu...

Turkish bus driver slams into stop, stabs people; 13 injured

Nov. 3, 2019 12:12 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul say they have detained a driver who rammed his bus into a crowded stop and attacked people who tried to prevent him from escaping with a knife. At least 13 people have been injured. A police statement said the 33-year-old bus driver was detained Sunday after he jumped...

Turkey summons US ambassador, condemns US House resolutions

Oct. 30, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday condemned two resolutions passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that symbolize deteriorating Turkish-American relations. Addressing his ruling party, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wouldn't recognize the nonbinding House resolution to recognize the...

Turkey detains 3 IS militants planning attack

Oct. 29, 2019 5:59 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained three suspected Islamic State group militants who were allegedly scheming a "sensational" attack in the aftermath of the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday the three, who have not been...

'America is running away': Syrian withdrawal turns chaotic

Oct. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The crowd hurled potatoes that thudded on the sides of the hulking U.S. armored vehicles. "What happened to Americans?" one man shouted in English up at the sole U.S. soldier visible on the back of a vehicle. The soldier stared silently straight ahead, away from the show of fury. It was yet...

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

Oct. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so he can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday. The request will top Erdogan's talks next week with Syria's ally,...