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White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics

Dec. 15, 2019 3:16 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get...

Fighting rages near Libya's capital amid push by rebel army

Dec. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said...

Libyan PM unfazed by commander’s zero hour Tripoli push

Dec. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The prime minister of Libya's U.N.-supported government Friday shrugged off threats by his rival, the commander of a self-styled army waging a months-long offensive to capture the capital Tripoli that the “zero hour” of the battle has begun. Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj called on...

UN: Greece still in violation of some norms for detention

Dec. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of United Nations experts on arbitrary detention said Friday that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention presented a preliminary report...

Turkey protests US Senate vote recognizing Armenian genocide

Dec. 13, 2019 10:03 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned the ambassador from the United States on Friday to protest the U.S. Senate's approval of a resolution that recognizes as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago, an official said. U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield was summoned to the...

Ex-Turkish PM pledges return to parliamentary democracy

Dec. 13, 2019 5:26 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former Turkish prime minister who has launched a splinter party to rival President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Friday a return to a parliamentary democracy and to expand rights and freedoms. Ahmet Davutoglu made the commitment a day after he formally established the breakaway...

Senate backs measure affirming century-old Armenian genocide

Dec. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally. The Senate action follows a...

Hifter to begin 'decisive' battle to capture Libyan capital

Dec. 12, 2019 2:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army declared Thursday that his troops will embark on a new "decisive" battle to capture the capital Tripoli. Khalifa Hifter's forces have been trying to wrestle control of the city from the internationally recognized government for nearly...

EU leaders set to reject Turkey-Libya maritime border deal

Dec. 12, 2019 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set to reject a maritime border agreement between Turkey and Libya as invalid and insist that the pact interferes with the rights of other Mediterranean Sea countries, according to a draft summit statement. The border deal, endorsed by the Turkish parliament last...

Ex-Turkish prime minister forms party challenging Erdogan

Dec. 12, 2019 8:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former Turkish prime minister established a new political party on Thursday, in a move that represents a challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. Ahmet Davutoglu submitted a formal application to register his breakaway “Future Party" with the Interior...