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Greece shuts Acropolis during the hottest part of the day as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

Jul. 17, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Culture Ministry ordered the closure of the Acropolis — the country’s biggest cultural attraction — for several hours in the middle of the day Wednesday, while authorities warned of extreme conditions across much of the country as southern Europe sweltered...

A rapprochement between Syria and Turkey is on the table. Here's what it might mean for the region

Jul. 12, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad have recently signaled that they are interested in restoring diplomatic ties that have been ruptured for more than a decade. Erdogan has said that he hopes to arrange a meeting with Assad soon...

Jens Stoltenberg will wrap up a NATO summit for a final time at the helm

Jul. 11, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Jens Stoltenberg will bid farewell to NATO leaders on Thursday after chairing his final summit as the military alliance’s top civilian official, bringing an unofficial end to a decade at the helm during one of the most tumultuous periods in its history. ...

AP PHOTOS: Oil wrestlers battle for the title in a more than 600-year-old competition in Turkey

Jul. 10, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

EDIRNE, Turkey (AP) — After nearly an hour of grappling with his opponent under the blazing sun, Turkey’s “Tireless Wrestler” was crowned the winner of the 663rd Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Championships. Yusuf Can Zeybek, from the Mediterranean province of Antalya, retained the...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has dismantled an armed group, says state TV

Jul. 09, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard forces have dismantled armed bandits in the northwest of the country, state TV reported Tuesday. The report said ground forces of the Revolutionary Guard, known as IRGC in West Azerbaijan province, dismantled a...

Migrant raft crashes into rocks and sinks off Turkish coast, killing 7. Nineteen others are rescued

Jul. 09, 2024 10:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A life raft carrying migrants crashed into rocks off Turkey’s Aegean coastal town of Cesme on Tuesday, killing seven people on board, the Turkish coast guard said. One person was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat which then alerted the coast guard....

Netherlands into Euro 2024 semifinal against England after beating Turkey

Jul. 06, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Netherlands dug deep to come from behind and beat Turkey 2-1 on Saturday and book its place in the European Championship semifinals. An own goal from Mert Muldur in the 76th minute, only six after Stefan De Vrij canceled Samet Akaydin’s first-half header for...

Netherlands rallies to beat Turkey and will face England in Euro 2024 semifinals

Jul. 06, 2024 17:02 PM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — Netherlands rallies to beat Turkey and will face England in Euro 2024 semifinals.

UEFA suspends Turkey player Demiral for 2 games for making nationalistic gesture at Euro 2024

Jul. 05, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — UEFA's two-game ban of Turkey player Merih Demiral on Friday for a controversial hand gesture at the European Championship, an incident that led to a diplomatic row between Turkey and host nation Germany. The ban rules Demiral out of the quarterfinal against the...

Greek coast guard exchanges shots with a man piloting a migrant smuggling boat. No injuries reported

Jul. 05, 2024 11:41 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek coast guard patrol boat's crew exchanged gunfire Friday with a man piloting a speedboat trying to smuggle migrants from neighboring Turkey to a Greek island, authorities said. No injuries were reported from the shooting off the eastern Aegean Sea...