• Iraq November 30, 2019 4:12 pm

    Iraqi PM Formally Submits Resignation Amid More Violence

    Three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Saturday, security and medical officials said, as Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament. Lawmakers were expected to either vote or accept outright Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation letter in a parliamentary session Sunday, two members of parliament said. The prime minister announced...

  • Associated Press April 23, 2019 2:46 pm

    Saudi Arabia Beheads 37 for Terrorism Crimes; Most Shiites

    Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shiites, in a mass execution across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes. It also publicly pinned the executed body and severed head of a convicted Sunni extremist to a pole as a warning to others. The executions were likely to stoke further regional and sectarian tensions between rivals...

  • Pennsylvania January 1, 2019 2:02 pm

    Vatican Letter Undermines US Cardinal On Abuse

    The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders failed to sufficiently consult with the Holy See beforehand about legally problematic proposals, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Donald Trump December 27, 2018 5:11 pm

    Iraqi Lawmakers Demand US Withdrawal After Trump Visit

    President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces....
    “Arrogant” and an “a violation of national sovereignty” were but a few examples of the criticism emanating from Baghdad following Trump’s meeting...

  • Business December 17, 2018 5:23 pm

    Flynn's Ex-Business Associates Charged With Illegal Lobbying

    Two business associates of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, were charged Monday with illegally lobbying for Turkey as part of a campaign to pressure the United States to expel a Turkish cleric. Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin are accused in an indictment of conspiring to “covertly and unlawfully” influence U.S. public opinion and politicians, all while...

  • NBC November 15, 2018 1:18 pm

    White House Weighs Booting Erdogan Foe From US to Appease Turkey, Sources Say

    The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests told NBC News. Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways...

  • Pennsylvania October 3, 2018 5:02 pm

    ‘Warning Shot' Fired Outside Wanted Muslim Cleric's Pennsylvania Compound

    A security guard at the Pennsylvania compound of a Turkish-born Muslim cleric fired a shot near an “unwanted person” outside the gate, state police said Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump August 11, 2018 11:57 am

    Erdogan Warns Trump: Turkey Does Not Respond to Threats

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the U.S. on Saturday that his country does not respond to threats, a day after President Donald Trump sent the lira into freefall by announcing he would double the rate of import tariffs on Turkish metals, NBC News reported. The two governments have clashed over a range of issues including the Turkish detention of...

  • Donald Trump August 4, 2018 11:30 am

    Turkey Slaps Sanctions on 2 US Officials in Retaliation

    Turkey will freeze the assets of two U.S. officials in retaliation for U.S. sanctions against Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the detention of an American pastor, Turkey’s president said Saturday in a move that appeared more symbolic than practical. Speaking in Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had been “patient” since the U.S. Treasury sanctions were imposed Wednesday,...

  • Donald Trump August 2, 2018 10:27 am

    Turkey Accuses Trump of Jeopardizing Long-Standing Ties Amid Detention of American Pastor

    A senior Turkish official on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of jeopardizing long-standing close ties between Turkey and the United States, after Washington slapped sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the detention of an American pastor. Turkey called on the United States to reverse its decision to impose financial sanctions on the interior and justice ministers. Ankara however, also...

  • Donald Trump July 25, 2018 4:06 pm

    US Pastor Charged With Espionage in Turkey Released to House Arrest

    An American pastor who has been in custody for nearly two years on terror and espionage charges will be put under house arrest as his trial continues, Turkey’s official news agency said Wednesday. Anadolu news agency said that Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina would be released from a jail in western Turkey...

  • official July 8, 2018 8:30 am

    Turkey Sacks Thousands Through Emergency Decree as Erdogan Cements Power

    Turkey’s government on Sunday issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups. The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. Their passports will be cancelled.

  • CHICAGO June 22, 2018 4:04 pm

    AP: Ex-Priest Who Abused Child Allowed Access to Chicago Schools

    Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation’s third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.

  • NBA June 19, 2018 5:10 am

    Turkey Charges Father of NBA's Enes Kanter as Terror Group Member

    A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday. The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when...

  • Associated Press May 20, 2018 8:26 am

    Iraq's al-Sadr, Promising Reform, Is Constrained by Iran

    Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran’s favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment...

  • Associated Press May 14, 2018 7:00 pm

    Iraqi Shiite Cleric Gained Ground With Nationalist Voice

    In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious for sectarian killings against Sunni Muslims. Now al-Sadr appears set to secure the most significant victory of his political...

  • United States May 12, 2018 5:24 pm

    In First Iraq Elections Since ISIS Defeat, Record Low Turnout

    Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and presaging a long period of deal-making as politicians squabble over posts in a new government. There were no bombings at any polling stations —...

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2018 6:32 am

    Iran's Top Leader, Lawmakers Lash Out at US on Nuclear Deal

    Iran’s supreme leader chastised President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal, while lawmakers lit a paper U.S. flag on fire inside parliament, shouting, “Death to America!” The government backlash reflected broad public anger in Iran over Trump’s decision, which threatens to destroy the landmark agreement. While Iranian officials, including the...

  • lawyer May 1, 2018 6:30 am

    Cardinal George Pell Pleads Not Guilty in Abuse Case

    Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, on Tuesday officially denied charges of sexual abuse spanning decades after his lawyers failed to sway a court to dismiss them. Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic will appear for the first time on Wednesday in the Victoria state County Court where he has...

  • Donald Trump April 15, 2018 8:32 am

    US Pastor on Trial for Alleged Terror Ties, Spying in Turkey

    An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.” The trial...

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