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Syria says it captured drone near Israeli-occupied Golan

Sep. 21, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities captured and dismantled Saturday a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said. SANA gave no further details about the drone but posted several photos of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Israel...

Albanian ship rescues 111 migrants in the Aegean Sea

Sep. 21, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Defense Ministry says one of its ships in the Aegean Sea has rescued 111 migrants trying to cross into Greece, and has handed them over to Turkish authorities. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka on Saturday wrote on her Facebook page that the Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian...

Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Turkey gets second S-400 battery, plans to activate in 2020

Sep. 15, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says Russia has completed delivery of components for a second battery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system to an airbase in the Turkish capital. In a statement Sunday, the ministry said it plans to activate the system in April 2020. Turkey went ahead...

Turkey's ex-prime minister resigns from Erdogan's party

Sep. 13, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced his resignation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and plans to form a new political movement. Davutoglu resigned on Friday, days after the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, began proceedings to...

12 slightly hurt in northern Cyprus Turkish army depot blast

Sep. 12, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A pre-dawn explosion at an army munitions depot in breakaway northern Cyprus shattered window panes and slightly injured 12 people while fires ignited by the blast were brought under control, officials said Thursday. In a statement, Turkey's defense ministry said the explosion...

Turkish central bank slashes key interest rate again

Sep. 12, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's central bank, under its new governor, has slashed its key interest rate again, this time by 3.25 percentage points. The bank said Thursday it had lowered the one-week repo auction rate to 16.50% from 19.75%, saying the inflation outlook continued to improve. The bank had cut...

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

Sep. 11, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government's more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a "smear campaign" against Turkey, after the...

Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria 'safe zone' plans

Sep. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

Greece: Turkey 'continues to provoke' over Cyprus

Sep. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Tuesday that Turkey "continues to provoke" in its approach towards ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and that Ankara was becoming isolated internationally. Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the comments during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President...