- EU moves on visa offer to win Turkey's help with migrants Updated: May-04-16 1:11 pm
BRUSSELS - The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc.
- German comedian bashes Merkel's response to his Erdogan poem Updated: May-03-16 12:35 pm
BERLIN - A German comedian has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for "serving me up for tea" to the Turkish president in a heated dispute over a poem he read on German TV.
- Press Freedom Day: Journalists keep working despite threats Updated: May-03-16 12:09 pm
MOGADISHU, Somalia - For Abdiqadir Dulyar, simply reading messages sent to his phone can be chilling.
- Turkey's Kurdish MP's closer to trial after parliament brawl Updated: May-03-16 10:07 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish parliamentary committee has approved a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip legislators of their immunity from prosecution despite punches being thrown and water bottles hurled during the debate.
- EU to move on ending visas for Turkish citizens Updated: May-03-16 9:23 am
BRUSSELS - The European Union is set to take a big step Wednesday toward ending visa requirements for Turkish citizens, as a widely criticized deal to get Turkey to stop migrants entering the EU gathers pace.
- Turkish columnist on trial on World Press Freedom Day Updated: May-03-16 8:09 am
ISTANBUL - A Turkish columnist has appeared in court on World Press Freedom Day, accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Fighting erupts in Turkish parliament over contentious bill Updated: Apr-28-16 12:25 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish lawmakers on Thursday fought and threw punches at each other as they debated a contentious ruling-party proposal to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution - a move that could pave the way for the trial of pro-Kurdish legislators on terrorism-related charges. Five people were hurt in the fighting, a news agency reported.
- Turkey's Erdogan chases critics at home and abroad Updated: Apr-26-16 7:13 am
ISTANBUL - Ebru Umar was sleeping in her summer residence on Turkey's Aegean coast when police arrived at her door and took her away for questioning about two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Clooney joins Armenians to mark anniversary of massacre Updated: Apr-24-16 2:32 pm
YEREVAN, Armenia - Actor George Clooney presented a $1.1 million award on the 101st anniversary of a massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks to a Burundi woman who offered sanctuary to thousands of orphans in the middle of a civil war there.
- Turkish-Dutch journalist detained over Erdogan tweet Updated: Apr-24-16 12:21 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities on Sunday released a Turkish-Dutch journalist from police custody but barred her from leaving Turkey as they continue to investigate tweets she posted about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey hails 'effective' migrant deal as EU leaders visit Updated: Apr-23-16 5:06 pm
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday the number of migrants crossing into Greece illegally has dropped considerably, as proof that a much criticized migration deal between Turkey and the European Union is working.
- 4 Turkish academics charged with terror propaganda released Updated: Apr-22-16 1:15 pm
ISTANBUL - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of four academics accused of spreading "terrorist" propaganda at the opening hearing of one of several trials that have raised concern over Turkey's continuing crackdown on dissenting voices.
- Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings 'genocide' Updated: Apr-22-16 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declined Friday to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.
- NATO: Efforts to stem migrant flows making a difference Updated: Apr-21-16 3:02 pm
ABOARD THE FGS BONN - Efforts to stem the tide of migrants seeking the shores of Europe are working, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.
- German reported denied entry to Turkey back in Egypt Updated: Apr-19-16 5:47 pm
ISTANBUL - A German reporter was prevented from entering Turkey on Tuesday and was held in a deportation room at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport before he was sent back to Cairo, according to a Turkish official and a German broadcaster.
- Turkey wants EU visa changes by June or migrant deal is off Updated: Apr-19-16 9:10 am
PARIS - Turkey could easily call off the migrant deal struck with the European Union if visa rules for Turks aren't relaxed within the next two months, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday, sounding a warning over a controversial deal which has stemmed much of the human tide across the Aegean Sea.
- Turkey: 38 arrested for 'framing' Fenerbahce officials Updated: Apr-19-16 5:10 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained 38 people suspected of "framing" soccer team Fenerbahce's players and directors in a match-fixing investigation in 2011, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown on supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.
- Turkey and Iran seek closer economic cooperation Updated: Apr-16-16 1:15 pm
ISTANBUL - Turkey and Iran agreed Saturday to boost economic cooperation between their neighboring nations, aiming to triple their trade to reach $30 billion annually, Turkey's president said.
- Islamic leaders pledge to combat terrorism, sectarianism Updated: Apr-15-16 3:32 pm
ISTANBUL - A two-day summit bringing together leaders of the Islamic world concluded in the Turkish city of Istanbul with a pledge to combat terrorism and overcome sectarian divide.
- Putin seeks to charm, insists Russian economy on the mend Updated: Apr-14-16 12:30 pm
MOSCOW - Mixing wry jokes with economic statistics, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure the nation during his annual marathon call-in TV show Thursday, promising that its troubled economy will rebound and vowing to make other countries take account of Russia's interests.
- The Latest: Putin: Russia considers trade for Ukraine pilot Updated: Apr-14-16 9:57 am
MOSCOW - The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's marathon call-in TV show (all times local):
- Turkey decorates Saudi King Salman for building close ties Updated: Apr-12-16 7:54 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey has decorated Saudi Arabia's King Salman with the country's highest state medal in recognition of the close ties between the two countries.
- Correction: Turkey-Data Leak story Updated: Apr-06-16 11:56 am
ISTANBUL - In a story April 4 about a leak of personal information in Turkey, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a breach of sensitive personal information of U.S. federal employees and others in 2015 included classified documents. It did not. The article also incorrectly stated the month that the U.S. government revealed that leak. It was June, not April, 2015.
- Turkey won't tolerate insults to Erdogan Updated: Apr-05-16 8:40 am
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister says his country will not tolerate any insults directed toward President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "honor," following German television programs that mocked him.