NZ says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation
ISTANBUL (AP) — New Zealand's deputy prime minister said the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South Pacific nation would spend the rest of his life in isolation in prison...
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president showed parts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand to comment on what he called rising...
Turkey’s Erdogan renews verbal attack against Israel
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The war of words between Turkey and Israel continued Friday when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuked the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for...
US report faults Saudi Arabia in killing of journalist
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration used an annual human rights report to call out Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over the October killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
BERLIN (AP) — German public broadcaster ZDF says its Istanbul bureau chief had his media credentials extended following Turkey's initial refusal to renew his press card and those of several other...
BERLIN (AP) — Two German journalists who were stripped of their media credentials to work in Turkey called the government's move an attempt to silence international news organizations and said...
NEW YORK (AP) — Severe turbulence tossed terrified passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin as it passed over Maine on Saturday, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts and...
Armenian patriarch in Turkey, Mesrob II, dies at 62
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Patriarch Mesrob II, the leader of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, has died. He was 62.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said Mesrob Mutafyan, the 84th...
ISTANBUL (AP) — Riot police in Istanbul fired tear gas to disperse thousands of demonstrators who tried to march along the city's main pedestrian avenue to mark International Women's...
ISTANBUL (AP) — Afghanistan has given $1 million to the main U.N. program for Palestinian refugees.
Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey, presented the donation on...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday convicted a former opposition party lawmaker of aiding a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, and sentenced him to more than four...
EU to help finance Turkish rail line to Bulgaria
ISTANBUL (AP) — A top European Union official says the EU will help finance the construction of a railway line connecting Istanbul to the Bulgarian border with a 275-million-euro ($314 million)...
Rights groups say Turkey must end harassment of activists
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish and international human rights organizations have called on Turkey to end what they term an "orchestrated campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil...
As prices soar, Turkey’s Erdogan woos voters with vegetables
ISTANBUL (AP) — In a middle class Istanbul neighborhood shoppers form a long line to an immense tent carrying a sign that reads "Total combat against inflation."
Turkish court upholds Cumhuriyet newspaper convictions
ISTANBUL (AP) — An appeals court in Turkey has upheld the convictions of 14 journalists and senior staff members of a prominent opposition newspaper.
Cumhuriyet newspaper said six staff members were ordered to jail because their appeals are exhausted, while those with longer sentences can appeal further to the supreme court.
An Istanbul court in April convicted the 14 of "aiding a terror group without being a member," handing down jail sentences ranging from 2½ to 7½ years.
Top suspect in Istanbul nightclub shooting denies charges
ISTANBUL (AP) — The main suspect on trial for the New Year's Eve attack that left 39 people dead in Istanbul has denied being the shooter.
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said Abdulkadir Masharipov on Monday rejected all charges against him, including membership in a terror group and murder.
Senate Democrat wants documents related to Khashoggi killing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democratic on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday called on the Trump administration to turn over all documents related to the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting records about whether any senior Saudi official or member of the royal family, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for his death.
Report: Khashoggi’s fiancee could also have been a victim
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency is quoting a police report suggesting that the Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have escaped being a second victim of the killing.
Citing an annual report by Istanbul police on Thursday, Anadolu says Khashoggi's killers were most likely not informed that his fiancee Hatice Cengiz was waiting for him outside the Saudi Consulate, where he was killed on Oct. 2. Cengiz had alerted Turkish authorities over his disappearance.
Turkey: 4 detained over deadly building collapse
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have detained four people in connection with the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul that killed 21.
Anadolu Agency said the building's project officer, construction engineer, safety inspector and a technical officer were taken into custody. They face possible charges of negligence.
Fenerbahce beats Zenit in 1st leg of Europa League last 32
ISTANBUL (AP) — Fenerbahce will take a 1-0 lead to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League last 32 after Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the first leg on Tuesday.
Slimani struck in the 21st minute after being set up by Victor Moses, who is on loan at the Istanbul club from Premier League side Chelsea.
Zenit squandered a chance to equalize before halftime when Robert Mak's penalty was saved by Harun Tekin.
Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul: 4 soldiers killed
ISTANBUL (AP) — A military helicopter crashed Monday in a residential area of Istanbul while trying to make an emergency landing, killing four soldiers on board, Turkish officials said.
The UH-1 type helicopter crashed on the grounds of a housing complex in the Cekmekoy district on Istanbul's Asian side, Gov. Ali Yerlikaya told reporters at the site. No one on the ground was hurt.
It was the second UH-1 crash in a residential area in Istanbul in the past three months.
The Latest: 4 Turkish soldiers on crashed helicopter die
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Turkish military helicopter (all times local):
A Turkish official says four soldiers who were on a military helicopter that crashed in Istanbul have died.
Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said no one else was hurt in Monday's crash.
The helicopter went down in a residential area while trying to make an emergency landing on the grounds of a building complex on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Death toll at Istanbul building collapse reaches 21
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21.
Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.
Rescue workers remain at the site and it is unclear how many more people are missing. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses.
Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster.
The Latest: Death toll in Turkish building collapse up to 18
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the Istanbul apartment building collapse (all times local):
Turkey's interior minister says authorities at one time made contact with a person under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul.
But when asked to clarify, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Saturday that the person was "probably not living" anymore. He also told reporters that another body had been dug up, increasing the official death toll to 18.
15 dead in Istanbul building collapse; 9 from one family
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish emergency services on Friday recovered four more bodies from the rubble of an eight-story building that crashed down in Istanbul, bringing the death toll to 15. One man said he lost nine members of his extended family.
Earlier in the day, rescuers pulled a 16-year-old boy out alive from under the rubble two days after the collapse, raising the number of people who have been rescued to 14.
The Latest: Death toll in Istanbul building collapse now 15
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul (all times local):
Turkey's health minister says the number of dead from the collapsed eight-story building in Istanbul has risen to 15.
Fahrettin Koca also told reporters Friday that 13 out of the 14 people who were rescued alive from the rubble remain hospitalized; seven of them are in serious condition.
Death toll reaches 10 in Turkey building collapse
Turkey: Illegal construction a focus as collapse deaths rise
ISTANBUL (AP) — As emergency teams worked around the clock in search of any more survivors trapped in the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul, its collapse put the spotlight on illegal construction and raised alarms over the scope of possible destruction in the event that a large earthquake hit the city.
The Latest: Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 10
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the apartment building collapse in Istanbul (all times local):
Turkish officials have raised the death toll from the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul to 10.
State-run Anadolu Agency quoted the Istanbul governor's office as saying that the emergency services found four more bodies in the rubble on Thursday.
So far, 13 people have been pulled out with injuries. It was not clear if rescuers hope to find any more survivors.
Istanbul building collapse kills 2; rescuers save 6 others
ISTANBUL (AP) — An eight-story building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday, killing at least two people, Turkish officials said. Rescue workers pulled six others out of the rubble and were working to free more who were trapped.
The building, which had 43 people living in 14 apartments, had a street-level ground floor and seven higher floors, Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said, adding that the top three floors had been built illegally.
Greece calls for reopening of Istanbul’s Orthodox seminary
ISTANBUL (AP) — A potential move by Turkey to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox theology school on the island of Halki, off Istanbul, would help bring the two countries closer together, Greece's prime minister said Wednesday.
During a visit to the site, Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that the seminary at Heybeli Island —known as Halki in Greek — can resume teaching after nearly half a century.
Turkey probes deportation of alleged militant back to Egypt
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has launched an investigation into eight police officers over the deportation of a wanted Egyptian national back to Egypt, where he could face the death penalty.
The Istanbul governor's office said in a statement released late Tuesday that a committee would probe the deportation in January of alleged Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Abdel-Hafiz. Eight officers at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport passport control have been suspended pending the investigation, it said.
Turkey: US Consulate employee who did DEA work has trial set
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is set to go on trial in March on charges of espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government, a court decided Friday.
A court ruled to keep Metin Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, in pretrial detention until trial hearings scheduled for March 26-28, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Topuz has been in custody since October 2017.
Official: UN team to listen to Khashoggi murder audio
ISTANBUL (AP) — An advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a United Nations human rights expert will listen to the audio recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as part of an investigation.
Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts met Tuesday with advisor Yasin Aktay, a friend of Khashoggi's. He told reporters the team would have access to the audio, according to Turkish media.
Turkey: US Consulate translator convicted of terror charge
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish citizen who worked as a translator for the U.S. Consulate in Adana was convicted on terror charges Wednesday but will be freed from prison, Turkey's official news agency reported.
UN rights envoy at Saudi consulate in Istanbul for Khashoggi
ISTANBUL (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert visited the vicinity of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Tuesday as part of an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She has yet to be allowed to enter the premises.
Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts said they were waiting for permission from Saudi officials to go to the consulate and meet with Saudi authorities in Istanbul.
UN rights envoy comes to Turkey to study Khashoggi killing
ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert has arrived in Turkey for a weeklong visit over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Monday.
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said they are also expected to meet Turkey's justice minister and the Istanbul prosecutor heading the investigation.
UN human rights expert to visit Turkey over Khashoggi murder
ISTANBUL (AP) — The United Nations is dispatching a human rights expert to Turkey over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The U.N., in a statement Friday, said Agnes Callamard will head an international inquiry, starting with a weeklong visit to Turkey on Monday.
The Washington Post columnist, who wrote critically about the Saudi crown prince, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Turkish employee of US Consulate indicted for espionage
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a local employee of the United States consulate in Istanbul accused of attempting to overthrow the government and espionage.
A 78-page indictment seen by The Associated Press on Sunday against Turkish national Metin Topuz, jailed since October 2017, said he was in "very intense contact" with police officers who led a 2013 anti-corruption investigation that implicated top government officials.
Dutch prosecutors: Reporter expelled by Turkey is a suspect
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey deported a Dutch journalist on Thursday after receiving information about her from prosecutors in the Netherlands involved in a terrorism investigation. A Dutch prosecutor's office spokeswoman said the reporter is a suspect in an investigation, but not for terrorism offenses.
The spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the nature of the suspicions against the reporter, Ans Boersma.
Train crash on test run on Istanbul suburban route injures 2
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish media says two people were injured after a train hit a construction vehicle on an Istanbul suburban route.
The official Anadolu news agency said the crash on Saturday happened on a test run on the route near Istanbul's international airport. The train crashed into a vehicle laying out the power line. Photographs from the scene showed the front of the electricity construction car destroyed.
Amnesty wants international probe for Saudi writer slaying
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Amnesty International has renewed a call for an international investigation into the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — a slaying that has implicated some members of the Saudi crown prince's entourage.
The group made the call outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Thursday while marking the 100th day since his Oct. 2 killing by Saudi agents there.
The Latest: Hundreds of thousands in Polish Epiphany parades
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on Epiphany celebrations (all times local):
Organizers say that hundreds of thousands of people have participated in colorful Epiphany processions in more than 700 locations across predominantly Catholic Poland.
Around 40,000 people of all ages, wearing paper crowns, walked in the procession in downtown Warsaw that included actors richly dressed as the three wise men, and a paper dragon.
Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishop
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Sunday presented a decree of independence to the head of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing it from the Russian Orthodox Church.
In Istanbul, Patriarch Bartholomew I presented the Tomos, a scroll containing the decree, in a symbolic ceremony sanctifying the Ukrainian church's independence. He signed the decree a day earlier.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence
ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686.
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the "Tomos" in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Saudi Arabia says 5 face death penalty in Khashoggi killing
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it will seek the death penalty against five suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a killing that has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage implicated in the writer's assassination.
Erdogan picks ex-prime minister to run for Istanbul mayor
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has nominated a former prime minister to run for mayor of Istanbul next year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Binali Yildirim would be the ruling Justice and Development Party's candidate to lead Turkey's biggest city.
Erdogan served as Istanbul's mayor for four years before founding the party in 2001.