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{FD} Austria calls for new EU relationship with Turkey

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Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern says Turkey should not be allowed to join the European Union, with membership talks between the EU and Ankara at a standstill. Continue reading

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{FD} Report: Turkish military convoy moves closer to Syrian Kurds

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A convoy of Turkish military vehicles has relocated to a base near the Syrian border as tensions with U.S.-backed Kurdish militants escalate. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Security tight at stadium where pope holds mass

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The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt (all times local): 9 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} UAE’s battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast

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The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis to celebrate Mass in Cairo on 2nd day of trip

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Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Egypt’s tiny Catholic community and meet with its priests and seminarians before returning to Rome. Continue reading

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{FD} Iraqi officials: Car bomb kills 4 and wounds 8

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Iraqi police and hospital officials say a car bomb at a police station in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late Friday night. Continue reading

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{FD} Opposition lawmaker applies to European court for referendum

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A lawmaker from the main opposition party in Turkey has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights to annul the results of April’s referendum on expanding presidential powers. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran: Tehran’s mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

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Tehran’s mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani’s administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential can… Continue reading

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{FD} Erdogan: ‘Fresh page’ for US relations with Trump

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Turkey’s president says a “fresh page” in Turkish-American relations can be opened with President Donald Trump’s administration, as high-level dialogue has intensified since January. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Apartheid’ furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

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Labeling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid” is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Death penalty described as red line for Turkey

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The Latest on Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Palestinians say 3 wounded at protests for prisoners

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The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least three protesters were wounded at West Bank demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel. Continue reading

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{FD} German leader to call on Gulf states to do more for refugees

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this weekend with a message that they should do more to help refugees. Continue reading

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{FD} Italy arrests man with alleged links to Berlin terror cell

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Italian police said Friday they have arrested a Congolese man suspected being part of a Berlin-based terror cell and of having had contacts with the man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in the city, authorities said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Israeli PM: German FM crossed line; Berlin defends NGO talks

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Germany’s Foreign Ministry is defending a decision by the country’s top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel’s prime minister said the move crossed a “red line.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told German daily Bild in a… Continue reading

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{FD} AP Explains: Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians?

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Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world’s most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority. Continue reading

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{FD} Seen as a setback to justice, Egypt ratifies judges’ law

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country’s courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies. Continue reading

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{FD} Erdogan to return to Turkey’s governing party on May 2

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Turkey’s prime minister says the governing party will be inviting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rejoin its ranks on May 2. Continue reading

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{FD} Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured

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The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says his team of experts is ready and willing to travel to the site of a deadly nerve gas attack in Syria if their safety can be assured. Continue reading

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{FD} Israeli media: US businessman questioned in Netanyahu probe

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Israeli media are reporting that police have questioned an American businessman as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Security tight in anticipation of pope in Cairo

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The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey arrests American entering from Syria

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A Turkish official says an American man has been arrested after crossing the border from Syria and handing himself over to the authorities. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran summons Pakistani envoy over attack on borders guards

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Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s foreign ministry has summoned the Pakistani envoy to protest an attack on Iranian guards near the border with Pakistan that left nine dead. Continue reading

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{FD} EU foreign ministers assess way ahead for Turkey relations

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European Union foreign ministers are assessing the bloc’s relations with membership candidate Turkey as ties between the two have sunk to their lowest level in years. Continue reading

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{FD} In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

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Pope Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God’s name. Continue reading

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{FD} Jerusalem mayor: City’s diverse residents ‘all my children’

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Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city’s mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city. Continue reading

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{FD} Yemen’s president fires minister, Aden governor

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Yemen’s internationally backed president has fired a Cabinet minister and the governor of the southern port city of Aden, two figures known to be close to the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen s… Continue reading

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{FD} Israel’s Patriot missile defense system knocks down drone from Syria

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A missile from Israel’s Patriot Aerial Defense System knocked down a drone that was about to enter Israeli airspace from Syria Thursday, military officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Gulf Arab royals meet in Saudi capital to unify Iran stance

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Royals from Gulf Arab countries have met in Saudi Arabia to discuss the region’s security and try and formulate a unified voice on Shiite rival Iran. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Turkey releases official referendum results

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The Latest on Turkey’s referendum on boosting presidential powers (all times local): 9 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkey’s electoral board defends unstamped ballot decision

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Turkey’s electoral authority has justified its decision to validate unstamped ballots cast during the country’s referendum on boosting presidential powers, citing a duty to protect citizens’ right to vote. Continue reading

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{FD} US envoy accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is accusing Russia of providing cover for the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons and its denial of desperately needed aid for hundreds of thousands of besieged people, and is urging international pressure on Moscow “to … Continue reading

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{FD} Israel strikes arms depot near Syrian capital

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Israel on Thursday reportedly struck an arms depot near Damascus airport over its policy to “act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran.” Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: EU on track to meet $3B commitment to Turkey

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The Latest on Europe’s response to the large number of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent: (all times local): 5 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Cyprus crossing point toured by Greek, Turkish officials

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Greek and Turkish politicians have been taken on a tour of work being done on a new crossing point linking the ethnically divided Cyprus’ breakaway north with the internationally recognized south. Continue reading

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{FD} Bob Levinson’s wife asks Trump to make a deal with Iran to free her husband

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Christine Levinson – the wife of a former FBI agent who disappeared on an Iranian island – has waited 10 years, one month and 20 days, through three presidential administrations, for someone to help her bring Bob Levinson home. Continue reading

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{FD} Palestinians strike in support of prisoners’ protest

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Palestinians across the West Bank are observing a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel. Continue reading

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{FD} British man, wife detained on Turkish-Syrian border

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An official says a British man and his wife have been detained on the Turkish border after arriving from an area of Syria held by the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} Bouchard: ‘Cheater’ Sharapova should be banned for life

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If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Russia navy ship sinks off Istanbul; all rescued

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The Latest on Russia navy ship damaged near Istanbul (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian navy ship collides with freighter near Istanbul

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All 78 crew members involved in a Russian navy ship’s collision with a freighter on Thursday have been rescued, the Turkish coast guard announced, saying the ship collected intelligence for Moscow. Continue reading

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{FD} Report: 15 Russian soldiers missing after ship collision

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Turkish media reports say 15 Russian soldiers are missing after their warship collided with a freighter off Istanbul, in the Black Sea. Continue reading

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{FD} Boris Johnson says UK likely to strike Syria if asked by US

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the U.K. will probably join the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so, whether or not Parliament gets a vote on it. Continue reading

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{FD} Germany: Turkey must answer reports of election fraud

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Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is closely watching to see how Turkey will respond to reports from international election monitors who noted a series of irregularities in a referendum to increase powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Continue reading

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{FD} Angry Turkey protests Czech parliament’s genocide vote

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Turkey is protesting the Czech Parliament’s vote that recognizes the killing of Armenians a century ago as genocide. Continue reading

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{FD} Abbas to stop funding electricity in Hamas-run Gaza: Israel

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Israel says it was told by the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank that it will stop paying for electricity Israel sells to the Gaza Strip. Continue reading

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{FD} UAE’s first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

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A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country’s first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. Continue reading

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{FD} 25 detained in southeast Turkey for links to US-based cleric

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Twenty-five people have been detained in southeastern Turkey for suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears

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Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt’s Muslim leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Israeli minister says strike in line with policy

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The Latest on Syria (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Continue reading

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