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Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Judge: Turkish bank can't deny knowledge of criminal charges

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge cited “extraordinary” and “remarkable” meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by a state-owned bank in Turkey to now feign ignorance of criminal charges...

Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...

Turkey says 2 killed in car bomb attack in northeast Syria

Dec. 5, 2019 12:37 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Defense Ministry says a car bomb explosion in a Turkish-controlled area of northeastern Syria has killed two civilians. In a statement posted on Twitter, the ministry said at least 10 other people were wounded in the attack in the city of Ras al-Ayn on Thursday. The attack...

Fire in refugee camp on Greek island kills a woman

Dec. 5, 2019 8:12 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire that broke out early Thursday in a housing unit at a refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos has left one woman dead, Greek authorities said, as the country’s prime minister met with top European officials to discuss issues related to migration and refugees....

Erdogan warns NATO allies to back its fight against terror

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that Turkey dropped its objection to a NATO plan to bolster the defense of Poland and Baltic states neighboring Russia but warned allies that it expects support in its fight against terrorism. Erdogan made the comments to Turkish...

Trump aims for role of NATO statesman but mars unity message

Dec. 4, 2019 8:49 PM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — Aiming to play the role of global statesman as the impeachment drama was unfolding in Washington, President Donald Trump instead shattered NATO’s professed message of unity at its 70th anniversary celebration in England and put his personal and policy differences with...

The Latest: Greece and Turkey note ‘differences’

Dec. 4, 2019 2:07 PM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — The Latest on the NATO summit near London (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, says differences between Greece and neighbor Turkey “will continue to exist.” Mitsotakis said he had “open talks” with Turkish...

NATO downplays divisions as infighting roils alliance

Dec. 4, 2019 11:45 AM EST

WATFORD, England (AP) — NATO leaders sought Wednesday to paper over differences like the military alliance’s future priorities but insisted they would respond as one in the event of an attack on any of the 29 member countries. Ending a summit just north of London to mark NATO’s 70th...

Trump takes bold stance at NATO as impeachment boils at home

Dec. 3, 2019 5:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Thumping his chest on the world stage as he faces an impeachment inquiry at home, President Donald Trump claimed credit Tuesday for transforming NATO as the military alliance marks its 70th anniversary. But he also clashed with America's NATO allies, especially French President Emmanuel...