Ankara - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Ankara Senators warn of fiscal fallout after Erdogan visit violence WASHINGTON (AP) — The senators who oversee the U.S. foreign aid budget have warned the Turkish government there could be fiscal repercussions if Ankara fails to punish the bodyguards responsible for a violent incident in Washington. In a letter to the Turkish ambassador to the United States, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy say there could be "poten... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:11:00Z US risks a backlash for its growing role in Syrian conflict BEIRUT (AP) — With the Trump administration's decision to supply Syria's Kurdish fighters with heavier weapons, U.S. troops inside Syria are in the crossfire between Turkey, a powerful NATO ally, and the Kurdish fighters that Ankara deems as terrorists. In only a few months under President Donald Trump, the U.S. has almost doubled the number of troops in ... Wed, 10 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-10T18:06:00Z Turkey votes to expand president's powers; critics cry fraud ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office, although opposition parties questioned the outcome and said they would challenge the results. With nearly all ballots counted, the "yes" vote stood at 51.41 percent, while the "no" vote was 48.59 percent, according to ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-04-17T00:02:00Z The Latest: Turkish leader says Syria government blame clear BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Turkey's president says it's clear that Syria's government carried out Tuesday's chemical attack in northern Syria and called on Russia to stop supporting Bashar Assad's government. In a live interview on 24 TV Saturday night, President Recep... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:05:00 GMT 2017-04-08T21:05:00Z Turkish FM: 50,000 return to areas Ankara controls in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians and refugees have returned to an area controlled by Turkey and Turkish-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, and U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters pressed their offensive in the north near a town held by the Islamic State group. Turkish Foreign Minister Me... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:30:00 GMT 2017-04-01T13:30:00Z The Latest: French candidate Macron condemns Turkey ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands (all times local): 8:05 p.m. French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron "strongly condemns" what he calls provocations from the Turkish government. Macron has called on France to support its European partners and "rej... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-03-12T19:07:00Z Dutch PM: Red line drawn because of Turkey's 'blackmail' ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he was forced to keep two Turkish ministers from traveling within the Netherlands and to bar them from campaigning among Turkish voters because Ankara had threatened sanctions against his government. Rutte said Sunday, "We can never do business under this kind of blackmail." The prime mini... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:21:00 GMT 2017-03-12T09:21:00Z Turkey's determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey achieved a milestone in its goals in Syria: It established a foothold in the heart of the country's north after driving Islamic State militants away from its borders and seizing al-Bab, one of the extremist group's major strongholds and a major supply route. But Turkey's determination to also push back the Kurds is alienating the othe... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:28:00 GMT 2017-03-11T10:28:00Z Backed by US troops, SDF confident can capture IS 'capital' BEIRUT (AP) — The main Syrian Kurdish force fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria said Friday that it has enough fighters to take the extremists' de facto capital of Raqqa with the help of the U.S.-led coalition — remarks that reflect a veiled warning to Ankara and also to rival, Turkey-backed opposition forces making headway toward the city. ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:01:00 GMT 2017-03-10T15:01:00Z Merkel: Turkish comments about Nazis trivialize to victims. BERLIN (AP) — Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" cannot be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament on Thursday. In her strongest comments so far about Erdogan's statement, Merkel said the Nazi comparisons were "sad" and "so incredibly misplaced ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-03-09T15:49:00Z Turkey warns US relations at risk if Kurds help retake Raqqa ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United States risks major damage to its relationship with NATO ally Turkey if the U.S. includes Kurdish forces in the fight to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday. Turkey and the U.S. are locked in a heated dispute about U.S. plans to liberate Raqqa, with ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:56:00 GMT 2017-03-09T12:56:00Z Turkish, US, Russian military chiefs discuss Syria tensions BEIRUT (AP) — 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 cease-fire between rebels and the government in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Russian military said a cease-fire has been in p... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-03-07T18:50:00Z The Latest: Belgian minister: Erdogan's comments 'nonsense' BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic rift between Turkey and EU nations (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Belgium's foreign minister is dismissing as "nonsense" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there. ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:47:00 GMT 2017-03-06T14:47:00Z Attacks near Syria town captured from IS kill 60 BEIRUT (AP) — At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60, mostly civilians and including two Turkish soldiers, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said. ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:00 GMT 2017-02-24T19:25:00Z US chief of staff to visit Turkey for talks on Raqqa ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says the U.S. chief of staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, will arrive in Turkey on Friday for talks on a possible joint operation to recapture the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Fikri Isik told reporters in Brussels that Dunford's visit to Ankara would help Washington assess whether Turkey and the U... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:14:00 GMT 2017-02-16T11:14:00Z Police disperse protests against Turkish university purges ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse protesters trying to enter Ankara University to denounce a government decree that dismissed 330 academics. At least five protesters were detained. The academics were among some 4,500 civil servants that were sacked Tuesday under the state of emergency declared following a failed coup attempt in J... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:06:00 GMT 2017-02-10T12:06:00Z Russian 'friendly fire' kills 3 Turkish soldiers in Syria ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Russian warplane on Thursday accidentally hit a building in northern Syria with Turkish soldiers inside, killing at least three troops and wounding 11, Turkey's military said. Russia immediately apologized for the bombing near the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, which came amid warming ties between Turkey and Russia after they were strained by Turk... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-02-09T19:51:00Z The Latest: Trump says he's sleeping 4-5 hours a night WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:55 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's working "long hours" and frequently only gets about four or five hours of sleep a night. Trump says in an interview with Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that he typically works until midnight or 1 a.m. He... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T02:00:00Z Merkel and Erdogan hold tense meeting in Turkish capital ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged Turkey to uphold democracy as the country heads toward a critical referendum on boosting the powers of the presidency, comments that ended up being part of a tense exchange with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Merkel was in Ankara for talks with Erdogan and other Turkish offic... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-02-02T19:17:00Z British PM May visits Turkey, reaches $125M fighter jet deal ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Britain signed a deal to jointly build fighter jets during Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Ankara on Saturday, even as the British leader called on Turkey's government to uphold democracy and abide by human rights standards. Britain's BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace industries signed the 100 million-pound (nearly $... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-01-28T17:33:00Z Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgement of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey's offensive in the area. It is also the first incident of indirect coordination bet... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT 2017-01-18T18:45:00Z Maintenance stems clashes over Syrian capital water source BEIRUT (AP) — Maintenance workers arrived in Syria's rebel-held valley near Damascus Friday to fix the water facility there, signaling an end to the violent standoff that has dried out the capital for weeks and threatened a fragile cease-fire, activists and the government said. For days, negotiations stalled, failing to restore the water flow to the capit... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-01-13T19:50:00Z Turkey bogged down in Syria as it realigns with Russia BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly two months into the assault, Turkey has become bogged down in an unexpectedly bloody fight to retake the Islamic State group's last stronghold in northern Syria. It has been forced to pour in troops, take the lead in the battle from its Syrian allies and reach out to Russia for aerial support. The fight for al-Bab underscores the prec... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:50:00 GMT 2017-01-12T00:50:00Z UN backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile country-wide cease-fire wavered. The resolution also calls for the "rapid, safe and unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Syria.... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:28:00 GMT 2016-12-31T21:28:00Z The Latest: Russia envoy urges settlement of Syria conflict The latest on the conflict in Syria, and the Russia and Turkey brokered cease-fire agreement between Syria's government and opposition rebels. All times local. 10:30 p.m. Russia's U.N. ambassador is urging the international community to ensure that a political settlement of the conflict in Syria is reached in 2017. ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:48:00 GMT 2016-12-31T20:48:00Z Russia-Turkey cease-fire deal offers new hope for Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The cease-fire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey and approved by the Syrian government and some of its most powerful rebel opponents is a potential turning point in the Syrian civil war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and laid waste to huge parts of the country over the past six years. Thursday's announcement comes da... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:07:00 GMT 2016-12-29T18:07:00Z Aleppo evacuations in heavy snow end brutal war chapter BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of rebel fighters and civilians, including small children swaddled in thick blankets, were bused out of war-ravaged Aleppo in heavy snow on Wednesday as the evacuation of former rebel strongholds entered its final phase. Scenes of buses slowly driving out of Aleppo in a shroud of white offered an evocative finale to what has been on... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:54:00 GMT 2016-12-22T00:54:00Z Russia, Iran, Turkey ready to guarantee Syria settlement BEIRUT (AP) — Russia, Iran, and Turkey are ready to act as guarantors to a future settlement between the Syrian government and the opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday, as hundreds more residents left the opposition's last foothold in eastern Aleppo. The announcement from Moscow underscored Turkey's position as a key broker in t... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:30:00 GMT 2016-12-20T20:30:00Z Russia, Turkey could grow even closer after envoy's slaying The assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey could actually bring the two regional powers closer together, with Russia reaping political benefits by arguing that it has paid a high price for fighting terrorism as Turkey, embarrassed by its security breaches, increasingly coordinates with Russia in neighboring Syria. The two nations were already tryi... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:16:00 GMT 2016-12-20T19:16:00Z UN approves Aleppo monitors as evacuations from city proceed BEIRUT (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Iran, military allies of Syria's president, talked Monday about joining forces to reach a quick political settlement in Syria, as the country's largest city, Aleppo, was poised to return to full government control. Syrian state TV said it expected the evacuation of thousands of civilians and fighters from the last o... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:38:00 GMT 2016-12-20T04:38:00Z