Middle East

Ex-presidential contender leaves Turkish opposition party

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<p>ANKARA, Turkey &mdash; A politician who once ran as a presidential challenger to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan resigned Monday from Turkey’s main opposition...

UAE sheikh’s investment in Israeli soccer club put on hold

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JERUSALEM — Plans for an Emirati sheikh to purchase a 50% ownership stake in Israel's famed and controversial Beitar Jerusalem soccer club have been...

Turkey: 9 detained over student protests against new rector

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<p>ISTANBUL &mdash; Turkish police on Thursday detained nine people who had gathered outside an Istanbul courthouse to show solidarity with others detained for graffiti...

Turkey says 2-state solution only option for divided Cyprus

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday ruled out discussing a federal system to reunify Cyprus, insisting that a two-state accord...

Israel, Greece sign tourism deal to boost economies

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<p>JERUSALEM &mdash; Israeli and Greek officials agreed Monday to clear the way for vaccinated tourists to travel between their Mediterranean nations in a bid...

Court rules against Arkansas’ Israel boycott pledge law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that Arkansas' law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel is...

Israeli commander says Hamas has amassed vast arsenal

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<p>JERUSALEM &mdash; The Hamas militant group ruling Gaza has replenished its arsenal since a 2014 war with Israel and now has a vast collection...

Gazans hope for vote after years of Hamas rule, isolation

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian poll workers fanned out across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, where they found voters eager to register ahead...

Iran summons Belgium envoy over sentencing of diplomat

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<p>TEHRAN, Iran &mdash; Iran has summoned Belgium’s ambassador in response to the 20-year prison sentence given an Iranian diplomat convicted of planning a thwarted...

Turkish sailors abducted by pirates return home from Nigeria

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ANKARA, Turkey — Fifteen Turkish sailors who were kidnapped by pirates off west Africa last month returned to Turkey on Sunday. ...