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UN envoy: Military escalation in Syria is `dangerous'

Nov. 29, 2022 22:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the current military escalation in Syria is dangerous for civilians and regional stability, and he urged Turkey and Kurdish-led forces in the north to de-escalate immediately and restore the relative calm that has...

Turkish strikes harming counter-IS operations, US, Kurds say

Nov. 29, 2022 15:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. and Kurdish military officials said Tuesday that Turkish airstrikes and a threatened ground invasion in northern Syria are impacting their joint operations against the Islamic State extremist group. Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

Russian army chief in Syria meets Kurds over Turkey tensions

Nov. 28, 2022 15:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Russian forces in Syria has met with a Kurdish commander over threats by Turkey to launch a new incursion into northern Syria, a Kurdish spokesman and an Arab TV station said Monday. Siamand Ali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces,...

Qatari fans hit back at Germany by recalling Özil in protest

Nov. 28, 2022 05:17 AM EST

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Qatari soccer fans hit back at Germany’s World Cup protest on Sunday by holding pictures of former Germany player Mesut Özil while covering their mouths during the match against Spain. A group of fans held copies of a hand-drawn sketch of Özil, while...

US official urges 'de-escalation' as Turkey strikes Syria

Nov. 25, 2022 14:10 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official in Syria on Friday called for an “immediate de-escalation” following days of deadly airstrikes and shelling along the Syria-Turkey border, saying the actions destabilize the region and undermine the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey...

Turkish police detain protesters at anti-violence rally

Nov. 25, 2022 13:52 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Friday broke up a rally calling for an end to violence against women and for Turkey’s return to a treaty aimed at protecting them, detaining dozens of people. The demonstrators tried to march along Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, Istiklal,...

Turkish central bank cuts rates again despite high inflation

Nov. 24, 2022 07:41 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank delivered another outsized interest rate cut Thursday despite inflation running at more than 85% and other countries moving the opposite way to ease the pain of soaring prices. The central bank said its Monetary Policy Committee decided...

Erdogan vows Syria ground invasion, Kurds prepare response

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday to order a land invasion of northern Syria targeting Kurdish groups, amid yearslong border violence and repeated Turkish incursions. Turkey has launched a barrage of airstrikes on suspected militant...

Turkish strikes on Kurds stoke tensions with Syria as well

Nov. 23, 2022 09:58 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia has pushed for years for a reconciliation between its ally, the Syrian government, and Turkey, which stood on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war. Recent weeks saw the first small signs of possible progress. But that could be threatened by this weekend’s...

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwest Turkey, 68 injured

Nov. 23, 2022 09:35 AM EST

DUZCE, Turkey (AP) — A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwestern Turkey early Wednesday, causing damage to some buildings and widespread panic. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes. The quake was centered in the town of Golkaya, in Duzce...