• Greek PM Tsipras takes on Turkey's Davutoglu on Twitter

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A highly unusual online exchange took place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey late Sunday before the former deleted his tweets - but only from the English version of his account. The official English-speaking account of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (@Tsipras_eu) posted four tweets addressed to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, needling him about Turkey's downing of a Russian jet and Turkey's violations of Greek airspace. "To Prime Minister Davutoglu: Fortunately our pilots are not mercurial as yours against the Russians #EuTurkey" Tsipras tweeted. Both prime ministers attended an EU-Turkey summit on refugees in Brussels Sunday.

  • Countries, investors pledge billions for clean energy tech

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week’s high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging billions of dollars to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will launch a joint initiative on Monday after a diplomatic push in recent weeks ahead of the Paris climate conference. A key goal is to bring down the cost of cleaner energy. At least 19 governments and 28 leading world investors, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaires George Soros and Saudi Prince Alaweed bin Talal, and Jack Ma of China

  • The Latest: Obama visits site of Paris concert attack

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday. All times local: 12:55 a.m. President Barack Obama has paid a late-night tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, shortly after his arrival for climate talks in the French capital. The American president's motorcade went straight from Orly Airport on Sunday to the famed French concert hall, the Bataclan, site of the worst bloodshed when the terrorists struck on Nov. 13. French President Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Obama. Each placed a single flower at a makeshift memorial and Obama bowed his head in silence.

  • EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey's long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis. The 28 EU leaders were leaning hard on Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stem the flow of migrants seeking a better future in Europe's heartland and European Council President Donald Tusk said the latest estimate showed that "approximately 1.5 million people" had illegally entered the bloc this year, a lot coming through Turkey. It left the EU in need of help from Ankara, even if their recent relations have been sown with discord.

  • The Latest: Polish PM against new quota of sharing migrants

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local: 9:25 p.m. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says that she is against any new quota of migrants that the EU might set for its member countries to share. Szydlo spoke to reporters Sunday, following an EU-Turkey summit that focused largely on their response to an influx of migrants through Syrian neighbor Turkey into the 28-member European bloc. Poland, which is not on the migrants' route, has agreed to accept some 7,000 refugees, but is prickly about the figure. "We are against any new quota to be established, and this approach could also be heard in some other (leaders') speeches," Szydlo

  • Iraqis find 3 more mass graves in formerly IS-held Sinjar

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish officials said Sunday three more mass graves have been found in the northern town of Sinjar, where Kurdish forces backed by heavy U.S.-led airstrikes drove out Islamic State militants earlier this month. The discovery brings the total number of burial sites in the area to five and the total number of bodies uncovered to between 200 and 300, according to local officials. While experts say proper excavation and identification of the bodies could take months, Sinjar residents are expressing frustration with the process so far, complaining that their requests from the Kurdish Regional Government for expert help have gone unanswered.

  • Israel suspends contact with some EU groups over labeling

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday suspended contacts with European Union representatives on Mideast peace issues to protest the 28-nation bloc's decision to label Israeli exports from the West Bank. The decision, which deepened a fissure with the EU over the labeling issue, came as a rash of Palestinian attacks showed no signs of relenting. In Sunday's violence, Palestinians carried out two new stabbing attacks — wounding a woman and a police officer. One of the assailants was shot dead. Israel has been up in arms since the EU announced this month that goods produced in Israeli settlements must have special labels and cannot say they were made in Israel.

  • Iran's top leader calls Paris attacks 'blind terrorism'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is quoting the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as calling the recent Paris attacks "blind terrorism." The comments, reported by the IRNA news agency Sunday, were Khamenei's first reaction to the attacks, in which extremist jihadists killed 130 people and injured scores of others. The government had previously condemned the attacks immediately after they occurred. Khamenei said "the bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France" moved him to issue the statement. He said he has also been "disturbed" by bloodshed between Israel and the Palestinians and as well as violence by the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

  • Israel defense minister says Russian plane breached airspace

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Russian jet recently penetrated Israeli airspace but was not shot down thanks to an open communication system between the two countries, Israel's defense minister said Sunday as tensions continued to flare between Ankara and Moscow after Turkish troops downed a Russian warplane. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the plane entered about a mile (1.5 kilometers) into Israeli airspace by "mistake" and immediately turned around back to Syria when the Russians were notified. For two months, Russia has been carrying out airstrikes to support Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Syrian opposition: Russian strikes kill 18, wound dozens

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town of Ariha, killing at least 18 people, including four children, and wounding dozens more. The Local Coordination Committees, an activist collective, said the airstrikes struck a busy market, inflicting heavy casualties. The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the airstrike destroyed three buildings in the center of Ariha.

  • AP Interview: Iraqi envoy: Paris attack marks new global war

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — The wave of suicide bombers and gunmen who terrorized Paris marked a new stage in the war against extremism that will leave no country in the world untouched, Iraq's foreign minister said Sunday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Iraq has long known that Islamic State extremists posed a fundamental danger and the Nov. 13 attacks on innocent people enjoying a night out were a demonstration to the West of the Islamic State group's determination to sow fear by killing as many people as possible. A total of 130 people died and hundreds were injured in the attacks on the Bataclan concert venue, bars and restaurants, and the national stadiums. "The world took too long

  • AP Interview: Ban asks Turkey, Russia to de-escalate tension

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's deeply concerned about tensions between Russia and Turkey after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane last week. Ban told The Associated Press in an interview in Paris on Sunday that he had urged "the leadership of the two countries first to de-escalate the tension" while they're fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria. Ban said that when there is "division and tension between coalition partners," it will not be beneficial in mobilizing global commitment to fight terrorism and extremism. Turkey shot down the Russian plane on Tuesday after it entered Turkish airspace from Syria and ignored several warnings to leave. Ban is in Paris for the U

  • Kuwait appoints deputy prime minister as new oil minister

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's named a new oil minister on Sunday after disputes arose between his predecessor and top executives at state-owned firms. The official Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported that a royal decree had named Anas Al-Saleh, the deputy prime minister and finance minister, to also lead the oil ministry. He replaces Ali Al-Omair, who was appointed to lead the ministry of public works and who also serves as state minister for parliamentary affairs. Al-Omair was facing resistance from the head of Kuwait Petroleum Corp., who refused to implement the minister's order to replace the chief executives for two of the company's subsidiaries, Kuwait Oil Co. and Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co.

  • Thousands of Syrian refugee children left in legal limbo

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ZAWERGOSK, Iraq (AP) — Aria is stateless. Like thousands of other children born to Syrian refugees living in Iraq, the 10-month-old girl is beginning her life in legal limbo. Some 240,000 refugees who fled the fighting in Syria now live in Iraq, where among many other hardships, they are often unable to get their children citizenship in either country. "It's required to have a nationality," said Azad Khalil, the girl's father. "She doesn't exist in any records (in Syria) because she was born here." Syrian refugees who have children in Iraq's Kurdistan region are entitled to apply for official birth certificates from local authorities, but many families don't.

  • Thousands in Turkey attend funeral of human rights lawyer

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Several thousand people are attending the funeral of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who was killed in a shooting along with two policemen. Tahir Elci, 49, was shot in Diyarbakir city Saturday while making a press statement. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said authorities are investigating whether the attack directly targeted Elci or whether he died in the crossfire during shooting between the assailants and police. Addressing mourners on Sunday, Pro-Kurdish party leader Selahattin Demirtas said Elci was the victim of a "political murder." He said the lawyer dedicated his life to peace, freedoms, and brotherhood. Elci, who was Kurdish, advocated peace between Kurdish rebels and Turke

  • Turkey says pilot's body to be flown back to Russia

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish prime minister says Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane. Ahmet Davutoglu says the pilot's body was brought to the border province of Hatay "through Turkey's initiatives" early on Sunday and will be flown back to Russia. He said the local Orthodox church in Hatay performed religious rites for the pilot. Turkey shot down the plane on Tuesday after it entered its airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings. The two pilots parachuted out of the plane but were shot at by Syrian rebels on the ground. One of the pilots, Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, died. Turkey's action drew strong reaction from Moscow.

  • Carson after tour: Syrian refugees don't want to come to US


    AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — After touring Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries. "I did not detect any great desire for them to come to the United States," Carson told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Jordan. "You've got these refugee camps that aren't completely full. And all you need is the resources to be able to run them. Why do you need to create something else?" The retired neurosurgeon toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson's campaign also limite

  • IS group claims killing of 4 Egyptian police


    CAIRO (AP) — An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a shooting near a historic site just outside Cairo that killed four police. A statement circulated online by supporters of the group on Sunday vowed to continue targeting the "soldiers of the tyrant," referring to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. It was not possible to confirm the authenticity of the statement, but it resembled previous claims issued by the group. Militant attacks have spiked since Morsi's overthrow, as the government has waged a sweeping crackdown on his supporters and other activists.

  • Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

    Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border attacked police with stones Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man. Authorities said 18 Macedonian officers were injured in the brief but intense clashes. Most of them received minor injuries but two were hospitalized in the nearby town of Gevgelija, Macedonia's Interior Ministry said. There was no official tally of injured migrants, although Macedonian police targeted them with stun grenades and plastic bullets. Doctors from the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations said they treated 20 people for head injuries and breathing problems.

  • Putin orders sanctions against Turkey after downing of jet

    Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane. The decree published on the Kremlin's website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event and wished it hadn't occurred. It includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia as of Jan. 1. It doesn't specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that woul