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Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

Jul. 30, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The death toll in wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four as fire crews on Friday battled blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate villages and beach resorts. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 14 locations in...

Greece: Dinghy with migrants sinks; 3 missing, 10 rescued

Jul. 30, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation is underway Friday near Greece’s island of Lesbos along the maritime border with Turkey, after an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants apparently sank, authorities said. Ten people had been rescued and another three...

UN demands Turkey, Turkish Cypriots reverse Varosha action

Jul. 29, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday again demanded that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots immediately reverse all actions to reopen the abandoned resort of Varosha and backed further talks “in the near future” on reunifying the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Southeast Europe heat wave set to be among worst in decades

Jul. 29, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave scorched southeast Europe on Thursday, intensifying wildfires and sending residents flocking to the coast, public fountains and air-conditioned locations to find some relief. Temperatures rose above 40 C (104 F) in parts of Greece and...

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

Jul. 29, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey's Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as...

The Latest: Filipino leader says unvaccinated may be shut in

Jul. 28, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant. Duterte said in televised remarks...

Homes evacuated in Turkey as fire rages near southern town

Jul. 28, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Authorities evacuated homes in southern Turkey on Wednesday as a wildfire fanned by strong winds raged through a forest near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat. Security forces helped move residents of four neighborhoods out of the fire's...

Seeking Mediterranean allies, Greece hosts Jordan's king

Jul. 28, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — King Abdullah II of Jordan was meeting Wednesday in Athens with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus as part of regular high-level contacts launched between the three Mediterranean countries in 2018. Greece is seeking to expand its economic and...

Turkey arrests man behind app linked to 2016 failed coup

Jul. 28, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish-born American believed to be behind a secret messaging application that has been linked to Turkey’s failed 2016 military coup arrived in Istanbul last month where he turned himself in to authorities, the state-run news agency reported Wednesday. ...

Activists: Morocco arrests Uyghur man at China's request

Jul. 27, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China. Activists fear...