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UN: $39 million needed for Syrians in northwest this winter

Jan. 24, 2022 20:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Heavy snow and freezing rain have seriously affected about 250,000 displaced Syrians living in camps in the last major opposition stronghold in northwestern Syria, with tents collapsing and children having to walk in the snow in sandals, a senior U.N. humanitarian official...

Snow blankets Athens, Greek islands and Turkey's Istanbul

Jan. 24, 2022 16:34 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A severe snowstorm disrupted road and air traffic Monday in the Greek capital of Athens and in neighboring Turkey's largest city of Istanbul, while snow blanketed most of Turkey and Greece, including several Aegean islands. The Greek government declared a...

Turkish film actress and ex-mayor Fatma Girik dies aged 79

Jan. 24, 2022 07:48 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Fatma Girik, a beloved Turkish screen actress of the 1960s and 1970s and one-time district mayor, has died. She was 79. Girik died Monday in a hospital in Istanbul of multiple organ failure while being treated for COVID-19-related pneumonia, according to a...

Turkish journalist jailed before trial for Erdogan insult

Jan. 23, 2022 05:57 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A well-known Turkish journalist has been jailed pending a trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her lawyer said. Sedef Kabas was taken into custody after she cited a proverb on television and social media referring to an ox. Under the insult law, tens...

US, Russia to try more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Jan. 21, 2022 22:08 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. and Russian diplomats agreed Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the crisis that has seen Moscow mass tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West ramp up supplies of weapons to Kyiv. ...

US academics use radar to help seek missing in split Cyprus

Jan. 21, 2022 11:36 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — U.S. academics who help locate Holocaust mass graves and execution sites in Eastern Europe have used ground-penetrating radar to seek burial sites on Cyprus of people missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and earlier interethnic strife. Team leader Harry M....

Groups: 6 killed in rocket attack on northern town in Syria

Jan. 20, 2022 17:09 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A rocket attack on a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed six civilians and wounded over a dozen people on Thursday, Syrian rescuers and a war monitor said. Both blamed U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish forces for the attack. The town...

Turkey's central bank ends string of interest rate cuts

Jan. 20, 2022 09:42 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank kept a key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, halting a string of rate cuts that triggered a currency crisis and sent consumer prices skyrocketing. The bank’s Monetary Policy Committee said it decided to keep its policy rate...

US, allies pledge unity on Russia; to do what isn't as clear

Jan. 19, 2022 15:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden largely has rallied European allies to pledge as one that they will take tough measures against Russia if it rolls troops into Ukraine. But when it comes to what exactly the United States and Europe are willing to do, the allies haven't looked as united. ...

Impoverished Lebanese, Syrians struggle to survive cold

Jan. 19, 2022 13:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A snowstorm in the Middle East has left many Lebanese and Syrians scrambling to find ways to survive, burning old clothes, plastic and in some cases even sheep manure to keep warm as temperatures plummet and poverty soars. The storm, dubbed “Hiba” in Lebanon,...