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Migrant shot while crossing from Turkey to Greece is hospitalized out of danger

Jun. 08, 2023 16:33 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Moroccan migrant who was injured by gunfire while crossing from Turkey into Greece Thursday is being hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, Greek officials said. A police statement said the 30-year-old man was found trying to cross the river...

Greece seeks assistance from rival Turkey over migration spike along border river

Jun. 07, 2023 13:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials have launched a series of high-level contacts with the newly elected government in Turkey in an effort to counter a surge in attempted crossings by migrants over a river that divides the two countries. Defense Minister Alkiviades Stephanis...

Turkish lira declines to record lows following start of Erdogan's new presidential term

Jun. 07, 2023 11:39 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish lira tumbled to a fresh record low Wednesday, extending its slide against the U.S. dollar since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started his third term. The lira weakened by around 7% on Wednesday, hitting 23.18 against the dollar. The decline took...

10 arrested in North Macedonia in people smuggling raids

Jun. 05, 2023 15:17 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in North Macedonia said Monday that 10 men were arrested as suspected members of an international people smuggling ring following an investigation that lasted nearly two years. In a statement Monday, police described the group as a...

Greek authorities rescue 91 migrants from river islet on border with Turkey

Jun. 04, 2023 15:01 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities rescued 91 migrants from a river islet and transferred them to a processing center near the border with Turkey, police said Sunday. Police said that the group included 32 men, 25 women and 34 children. The Red Cross was present at the...

No breakthrough in NATO-Turkey talks about Sweden joining

Jun. 04, 2023 13:35 PM EDT

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made no breakthrough on Sunday in talks about Sweden’s membership in the military organization with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with officials from the two countries to meet in just over a week to try to bridge their...

Five Greek police officers in custody pending trial for assisting illegal migrant crossings

Jun. 03, 2023 17:00 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Five police officers accused of cooperating with human traffickers to facilitate the entry of at least 100 migrants into Greece are being held in custody pending trial. The five officers had been testifying before an examining magistrate since Saturday...

Turkey's Erdogan takes oath of office, ushering in his third presidential term

Jun. 03, 2023 08:15 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Erdogan takes oath of office, ushering in his third presidential term.

NATO chief heading to Turkey this weekend in fresh push on Swedish membership

Jun. 02, 2023 08:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will hold talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials this weekend as pressure mounts on Turkey to lift its objections to Sweden joining the military organization. In a statement on Friday,...

How Turkey's president Erdogan has maintained a tight grip on power in the country

Jun. 02, 2023 03:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a populist with increasingly authoritarian tendencies, is scheduled to take the oath of office and start his third presidential term Saturday following his latest election win. Erdogan, who has led Turkey as prime...