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UAE welcomes regional rivals at major natural gas conference

Sep. 21, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Energy officials from Qatar and Turkey, long-standing foes of the United Arab Emirates, descended on Dubai along with hundreds of other executives on Tuesday, flocking to the world's largest gas expo and the industry’s first in-person conference since...

US targets 5 al-Qaida operatives in Turkey with sanctions

Sep. 16, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Thursday against five men in Turkey suspected of providing financial services and travel assistance to al-Qaida. The five are a mix of Turkish and Egyptian nationals who Treasury said provided various...

Austrian minister: Turkey uses migrants to pressure EU

Sep. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Austria’s minister for the European Union on Thursday accused Turkey of using migrant flows as a means to pressure the 27-member bloc for its own purposes and warned that the EU won’t be “blackmailed” by any country. Karoline Edtstadler...

Cyprus recovers looted 18th century church doors from Japan

Sep. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church formally took charge Thursday of two ornately decorated 18th century doors stolen from a church in the ethnically divided island's breakaway north and reclaimed from a Japanese art college after a long legal battle. ...

Germany indict 4, including US citizen, for supporting Nusra

Sep. 16, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Germany said Thursday they have indicted four men on suspicion of supporting the Islamic extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra. Prosecutors said in a statement that one the men — who were indicted last month — is also accused of...

Egypt’s leader meets with Libyan officials to push for vote

Sep. 14, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Tuesday with Libya’s parliament speaker and a powerful military commander as Cairo pushes for the withdrawal of foreign forces and the holding of elections as scheduled in December. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Speaker...

Group: Turkish drones in Cyprus endanger commercial flights

Sep. 14, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Turkish drone base in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus could increase safety risks for thousands of commercial flights that cross the airspace around the eastern Mediterranean island, a flight safety group warned Tuesday. ...

Turkey says it lacks capacity to handle new refugee influx

Sep. 14, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey does not have the capacity to deal with a possible new refugee wave from Afghanistan, the Turkish president told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a telephone call on Tuesday. During the call, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Germany...

Turkey talks with UN over returning Syrian refugees

Sep. 12, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is working with the U.N.’s refugee agency to repatriate Syrians to their home country, the Turkish foreign minister said Sunday. His comments are at odds with the UNHCR’s overall policy towards returning migrants to Syria, a country that it...

Greek leader vows crackdown against migrant traffickers

Sep. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has promised to “break and smash” the human trafficking networks that smuggle migrants across the border from Turkey. Mitsotakis, in a news conference Sunday following his Saturday keynote speech...