Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Dec 15, 2014

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a U.S.-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, ...

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Dec 2, 2014

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for Southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. He said Russia can’t implement the South Stream project because of the European Union’s opposition to ...

Dec 2, 2014

Turkey starts vetting fighters for U.S.-backed force for Syria

Turkish authorities have started vetting candidates for a beefed-up Syrian opposition force under a joint initiative with the U.S., according to a Turkish official with knowledge of the process. The program will train as many as 5,000 fighters, another official said. The training will ...

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Dec 1, 2014

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and U.S.-led airstrikes, monitors said Sunday. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide ...

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Nov 28, 2014

For 700 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece

Hour after hour, the coast guard boats shuttled from the crippled freighter to a concrete pier, discharging a steady flow of humanity: Families with small children, black-clad elderly women, battered-looking youths with backpacks. For more than 700 migrants, most of them fleeing the conflict ...

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

Nov 27, 2014

Obama defends legal authority — to pardon turkeys

President Barack Obama is defending his legal authority to take executive actions — to spare a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. Obama joked that his annual turkey pardon will be his “most talked about executive action this month.” Last week, the president issued a series ...

Nov 27, 2014

Turkish court bans reporting on corruption investigation of ex-ministers

A Turkish court has banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves. Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, has called the corruption scandal this year a plot ...

220 Syrian migrants rescued off northern Cyprus

Nov 24, 2014

220 Syrian migrants rescued off northern Cyprus

Some 220 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, authorities said. Turkish Cypriot authorities were able to rescue the passengers, including a number of children, ...

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Nov 18, 2014

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Islamic State casualties in the Syrian city of Kobani are mounting in a war of attrition with Kurdish fighters, according to a rights monitor and analysts. More than 1,150 people, including at least 712 members of Islamic State, have been killed in clashes there ...