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Prisoners end hunger strike for Kurdish leader in Turkey

May. 26, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Kurdish politician has announced the end of a hunger strike by prisoners demanding improved conditions for Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of an outlawed Kurdish rebel group. In a statement Sunday on the 200th day of the hunger strike, Leyla Guven said they had reached their goal....

Israelis protest proposed Netanyahu immunity bills

May. 25, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv Saturday, protesting proposed legislation granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution on a series of corruption charges. The protesters outside the city's Museum of Art also called for...

Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters said Wednesday they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area. State TV Al-Ikhbariya later...

Cyprus editor hails acquittal over Turkey insult charge

May. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The editor of a Turkish Cypriot newspaper said Wednesday his acquittal on charges he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a triumph of Turkish Cypriot justice. Sener Levent, editor of Afrika newspapers in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, said he's...

Opposition starts campaign for Istanbul mayor in re-run

May. 22, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The opposition's candidate for Istanbul mayor has launched his campaign for the June 23 re-run elections, promising to win again after Turkey's electoral board ruled the initial vote invalid. Ekrem Imamoglu from the secular Republican People's Party is accusing President Recep Tayyip...

Turkey military receiving Russian defense system training

May. 22, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says its military personnel are receiving training to operate the S-400 missile defense system despite U.S. and NATO objections to Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian technology. Hulusi Akar also told a group of reporters late Tuesday that Turkey was...

Turkey seeks 249 suspects over cheating at ministry exam

May. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Authorities in Turkey have issued detention warrants for 249 people as part of an investigation into alleged cheating during exams to recruit staff to the country's foreign ministry between 2010 and 2013. The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office says 91 of the suspects were detained on...

Libyan fighters in Tripoli get armored vehicles from abroad

May. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Fighters allied with the U.N.-recognized government in Libya's capital said they have received armored vehicles and "quality weapons" despite a U.N. arms embargo on the country. A Facebook page linked to the Tripoli government posted photos on Saturday appearing to show more than a dozen...

Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy

May. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly beaten....

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...