Turkey - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Turkey Memo: Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:17:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:17:00Z Syria denies US allegations of mass killings, crematorium BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Tuesday rejected U.S. accusations it carried out mass killings at a prison near Damascus and then burned the victims' bodies in a crematorium, describing the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications." The allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify U.S. intervention in Syria, Syria's Foreign Ministry said, noting what it called... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:17:00Z Trump: Russian FM Meeting 'Very Successful' President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had a "very, very successful meeting" with the Russian foreign minister last week in the Oval Office, but ignored... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:04:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:04:00Z Trump, Turkish President Meet in Oval Office President Donald Trump is welcoming Turkey's president to the White House for their first face-to-face meeting Tuesday, even as Turkish officials fumed... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:19:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:19:00Z Trump Welcomes Turkish Leader to White House President Donald Trump welcomed Turkey's president Tuesday to the White House for their first face-to-face meeting amid accusations that Trump gave Russian... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:02:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:02:00Z AP Top Stories May 16 A Here are the top stories for Tuesday, May 16th: President Trump defends sharing information with Russia; Cyber experts say pirated software leaves China... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:26:00Z Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East. The Turks are fiercely opposed to the U.S. plans, see... Mon, 15 May 2017 11:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T11:36:00Z Kurdish-led forces advance on IS-held Raqqa, say activists BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:14:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:14:00Z The Latest: Syria military says it seized Damascus suburb BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4 p.m. Syrian State TV is reporting that the military has captured from rebel fighters a major suburb on the eastern edge of Damascus. The opposition Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels remain in control of parts of the Qabo... Sat, 13 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT 2017-05-13T13:00:00Z Kurdish-led forces say they will advance on IS capital BEIRUT (AP) — A Kurdish-led Syrian force backed by the U.S. expects to advance on the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria this summer, a commander said Friday, following a decision by the Trump administration to supply the force with heavier weapons. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been buoyed by this week's capture of the ... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:02:00Z Coalition: Capture of IS-held town undermines militant group BEIRUT (AP) — The capture of a key Syrian town and a nearby dam from Islamic State group militants undermines the extremist group's ability to defend its de facto capital, Raqqa and disrupts its ability to plan attacks in Western countries, the U.S.-led international coalition said Thursday. Tabqa and the nearby dam, Syria's largest, were seized a day ear... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:48:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:48:00Z Senate panel seeks Flynn documents in Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, issued a joint statement saying the panel decided to issue the subpoe... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:27:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:27:00Z The Latest: US-led coalition lauds capture of Syrian IS town BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says the Kurdish-led Syrian opposition forces' capture of a key town and nearby dam in eastern Syria from the militants undermines IS's ability to defend its de facto capital, Raqqa. Thursday's coalit... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:23:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:23:00Z 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 Syrian troops shift focus to IS-held east BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military launched a new assault Tuesday aimed at reasserting its authority in the east of the country, battling U.S.-backed opposition fighters in the remote desert near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. The government forces' ultimate goal is to insert itself in the fight against the Islamic State group in the oil-rich region. The g... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:20:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:20:00Z Syria rejects international forces in safe zones BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground. Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, ... Mon, 08 May 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-05-08T21:53:00Z New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The newly elected leader of Hamas paid tribute in Gaza on Monday to Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, his first appearance in the new role and a sign of the group's internal power shift from the diaspora to the Hamas-ruled territory. Since the Palestinian group's founding 30 years ago, its top leaders had moved betwe... Mon, 08 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-08T17:17:00Z The Latest: Syrian FM describes Kurdish role as 'legitimate' BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Syria's foreign minister is describing the role of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria as "legitimate." The comment at a news conference in Damascus on Monday is one of the strongest signs of support y... Mon, 08 May 2017 10:18:00 GMT 2017-05-08T10:18:00Z Syrian army advances at edge of cease-fire zone BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces seized a village from rebels on the edge of a large cease-fire zone in the northwest on Sunday as warplanes targeted opposition positions farther inside the area, according to activists. A local media activist who goes by the name Obeida Hamawi said the government pushed opposition fighters out of the village of Zala... Sun, 07 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-07T17:17:00Z Syria violence kills 4, wounds child despite safe zones BEIRUT (AP) — Violence left at least four opposition fighters dead and a child wounded in central and southern Syria Saturday despite relative calm prevailing across the war-ravaged country after a deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held areas went into effect, opposition activists and government media outlets said. The casualties w... Sat, 06 May 2017 17:53:00 GMT 2017-05-06T17:53:00Z The Latest: Russia, US restore Syria 'deconfliction' channel BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Russia's Defense Ministry says its military chief of staff and the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff have confirmed their readiness to restore a communications channel aimed at preventing midair incidents between Russian and US warplanes over Syria. ... Sat, 06 May 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-05-06T15:11:00Z A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria, which came into effect Saturday, is the latest in a string of efforts to ease the country's horrendous violence. After past failures, this deal provides for the first time a mechanism to observe the cease-fire: Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops are to monitor compliance on the ground. But the... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:03:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:03:00Z Russia, Iran, Turkey sign on 'de-escalation zones' in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish "de-escalation zones" in Syria, signing on to a Russian plan under which President Bashar Assad's air force would halt flights over designated areas across the war-torn country. The agreement, which a Russian delegate said would go into effect on Saturday, is the latest attempt to reduce violence i... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:42:00Z The Latest: US cautious about Syria deal struck in Astana BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the conflict on Syria and the agreement reached on Russia-led talks in Kazakhstan (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The United States says it has "reason to be cautious" about the chances for success of an agreement signed by Turkey, Iran and Russia calling for "de-escalation zones" in Syria. St... Thu, 04 May 2017 18:10:00 GMT 2017-05-04T18:10:00Z Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said on Wednesday they support the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks with the Damascus government underway in Kazakhstan, citing repeated violations of a similar truce agreed on in December. Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:25:00Z The Latest: Syria 'fully backing' Russia safe zones proposal BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Syria's Foreign Ministry says Damascus is "fully backing" a Russian initiative to establish four areas of cease-fire in the war-torn country. The statement was carried by the state-run SANA news agency late on Wednesday. A Syrian rebel deleg... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:39:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:39:00Z US-backed fighters retake more areas from IS in Syrian town BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed opposition fighters led by Syrian Kurdish forces captured more territory from the Islamic State group in the northern town of Tabqa on Monday, pushing the extremists to northern neighborhoods close to one of Syria's largest dams. Tabqa is an important stronghold for the militants, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast ... Mon, 01 May 2017 13:36:00 GMT 2017-05-01T13:36:00Z Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations intensified into President Donald Trump's ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Thursday as the Pentagon watchdog joined lawmakers in probing payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored TV network. At the same time, documents released by the top Democrat on a House oversight ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:07:00Z The Latest: Trump keeps mum about ousted adviser Flynn WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 2:50 p.m. President Donald Trump won't answer new questions about ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump ignored questions throughout the day Thursday on news that the Pentagon's acting inspector general ha... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-04-27T18:59:00Z As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer. P... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-04-27T06:23:00Z