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Deaths mount in Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes amid truce calls

Death and injury tolls rose Tuesday as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces raged for a third week over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the United States urged both sides to adhere to a cease-fire reached over the weekend.

‘How long will it last?’ Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages on

 The intense shelling in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh is taking its toll on the civilian population as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces showed no signs of abating Wednesday, with one resident hunkered down in a shelter exclaiming “How can one stand it? How long will it last?”

Azerbaijan, Armenia no closer to ending clashes after 4 days

Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, with statements from both sides indicating that the flare-up of a decades-old conflict that has killed dozens of people since Sunday was no closer to an end.

Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia brushed off the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing each other of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy fighting.

Turkey’s president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

Turkey: Khashoggi’s fiancee appears at absent Saudis’ trial

The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi told a Turkish court Friday that the Washington Post columnist was lured to his death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul through “a great betrayal and deception,” and she asked that all persons responsible for his killing be brought to justice.

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status

In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year.

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

PARIS — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya.

Turkey accuses five nations of forming ‘alliance of evil’

Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an “alliance of evil” after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya.

Liere: Now that’s civilized!

Wednesday, I participated in my 30th consecutive turkey opener, but this time I didn’t take a gun. Instead, I walked out the door at 5 a.m., crossed the creek, and set up my decoy 300 yards away from the house near a rough blind I had constructed last week.

Turkish president rejects minister’s resignation over virus

Turkey’s president has rejected the resignation of the country’s interior minister who took responsibility for a poorly timed announcement of a weekend lockdown that prompted thousands of people to rush into the streets to stock up on supplies.

Washington cancels youth turkey hunts

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife canceled the youth turkey hunt, scheduled for April 4-5. The cancellation is the latest in a long string of cancellations in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing

Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday.