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Aid group fears hundreds of migrants drowned off Libya

A Spanish aid organization said Friday that it feared hundreds of migrants may have died off Libya’s coast, while Turkish media reported that 11 migrants died and a further four …


The race to Raqqa could cost Trump Turkey

The United States and Turkey are on a collision course in Raqqa, as Turkish officials warn that Washington’s reliance on Kurdish forces to liberate the Islamic State’s de facto capital …


Germany’s Merkel renews demand that Turkey drop Nazi swipes

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her demand that Turkey cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies “without ifs or buts,” and pointed to a government threat last …


Analysis: Five myths about Turkey

Americans understand very little about Turkey. What they do know seems to be based on gauzy notions that were either never accurate or have become false over time. Here are …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Turkey threatens to end migrant deal with EU amid spat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Thursday to scrap a deal with the European Union to readmit migrants who have crossed illegally into Europe, amid a standoff with European …


Turkey’s Erdogan renews war of words on Netherlands

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday directed fresh verbal attacks at the Netherlands amid their growing diplomatic spat, holding the country responsible for Europe’s worst mass …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017

Turkey-Dutch relations take dip after Turkish visit banned

The escalating dispute between Turkey and the Netherlands spilled over into Sunday, with a Turkish minister unable to enter her consulate after the Dutch had already blocked a visit by …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017

Trump transition, but not Trump, knew Flynn might register as foreign agent, White House says

President Donald Trump was not aware that former national security adviser Michael Flynn previously acted as an agent of the Turkish government, the White House said Friday while sidestepping questions …


White House: Trump unaware of Flynn’s foreign agent work

President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, the White …


Former Trump aide Flynn says his lobbying may have helped Turkey

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired from his prominent White House job last month, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017

Movie review: ‘Kedi’ examines the romance between Turkey and its street cats

In “Kedi” (Turkish for “cat”), director Ceyda Torun profiles seven kitties across the city – each one a fixture in the community – and the residents who have developed relationships …


Turkey tells Oregon-based Mercy Corps to stop its program that helps Syrians

Turkey has ordered Portland, Oregon-based Mercy Corps, one of the largest humanitarian organizations delivering aid to Syria, to immediately shut down its Turkish operations, ending a program that provides regular …


Turkish, U.S., Russian military chiefs discuss Syria tensions

The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday in Turkey to discuss mutual suspicions over northern Syria military operations, as Russia’s military announced a two-week long …


5.5 earthquake hits southeastern Turkey, injuries reported

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit southeastern Turkey on Thursday, causing wide panic in one town, damaging buildings and injuring five people, officials and news reports said.


Turkey said to seek U.S. support to attack IS Syria bastion

Turkey is seeking U.S. support to lead a ground offensive against Islamic State’s main stronghold in Syria, a Turkish official said, a move that could give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …


Syria war seethes despite cease-fire

Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a cease-fire reached in December between the rebels and the government. Though the two sides sat face-to-face in the Kazakh capital of Astana a …


Trump talks with Turkey’s president in anticipated call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump had their first telephone call late Tuesday, a highly anticipated conversation in which Erdogan was expected to press the new U.S. …


Russia urges caution on US plan for safe zones in Syria

The Trump administration’s expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in Syria was greeted Thursday with caution by Russia and Turkey, which have taken the lead in the …


Intensive negotiations ahead of Russia-led Syria talks

Delegates from Russia, Turkey and Iran held hours-long talks in Kazakhstan Sunday on the eve of negotiations between Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad’s government, trying to forge common ground …


U.S. airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria

U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama’s presidency, a …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017

Reports: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 caught

A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday.


Turkey’s tourism takes big hit after extremist attacks

The once bustling Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is astonishingly quiet. The shops and restaurants in the city’s trendy Istiklal Street are all but empty of foreign customers and the hotels …


Turkey detains 18 in connection with attack near courthouse

Police detained 18 people on Friday in connection with an attack near a courthouse in the western city of Izmir which killed a policeman and a courthouse employee. Justice Minister …


Two killed in car bombing in Turkish city; two attackers dead

Suspected Kurdish militants on Thursday opened fire at police who stopped them at a checkpoint in the western city of Izmir before detonating their explosives-laden vehicle and escaping, the province’s …


Istanbul on alert as hunt for gunman reaches 4th day

Police increased security around Istanbul on Wednesday and detained some 20 people with suspected links to the deadly New Year’s Eve night club attack as the hunt for the gunman …


Turkey says truce violations put Syria talks in jeopardy

Turkey warned on Wednesday that repeated cease-fire violations by Syrian government forces threaten to derail peace talks scheduled for later this month.


Turkey detains 5 IS suspects linked to nightclub attack

Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained five suspected Islamic State group militants believed to be linked to the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack.


IS makes unusual claim of responsibility for Turkey attack

The Islamic State group on Monday made an unusual claim of responsibility for a major terrorist attack in Turkey, saying a “soldier of the caliphate” carried out the mass shooting …


WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says

A handful of WNBA players, including Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender of the Los Angeles Sparks, were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul …


Gunman in New Year’s Eve slayings at Istanbul club still at large

Turkish police struggled Sunday to track down a gunman who attacked New Year’s Eve revelers at a popular Istanbul nightclub, killing at least 39 people, most of them foreigners. Close …