A woman’s brutal killing shocks the Arab world

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi and Cairo CNN – The brutal killing of a young woman in broad daylight on an Egyptian street has shocked the Arab world, bringing the … Read more

Why Turkey, Greece remain on collision course over Aegean islands | Conflict

The Eastern Mediterranean and the islands of the Aegean, where Greek and Turkish claims overlap, are once again in focus amid the latest dispute between Greece and Turkey. The complexity of the issue under international law is now further exacerbated by a lack of diplomacy. The two NATO allies are still in dispute over the … Read more

Former Kurdish rebel has key role in Sweden’s NATO bid

STOCKHOLM (AP) – When Turkey’s president rails against “terrorists” in the Swedish Parliament, Amineh Kakabaveh is convinced he is talking about her. The former Kurdish rebel fighter turned Swedish lawmaker has emerged as a central figure in the drama surrounding Sweden and Finland’s historic bid to join NATO. Turkey opposes NATO membership for the two … Read more

Russia, export grains to Turkey back plan; Ukraine doubtful

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Russia and Turkey voiced support Wednesday for a safe corridor in the Black Sea that would allow them to export grain, but Kyiv rejected the proposal, saying it was not credible. The European Union considers Moscow’s “weaponizing” food supplies to gain an advantage. Russia is also demanding that Ukraine remove mines … Read more

EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey’s Syria incursion threats?

BEIRUT (AP) – In northern Syria, residents are bracing for a new fight. With the world’s attention focused on the war in UkraineTurkey’s leader says he’s planning a major military operation to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters and create a long sought-after buffer zone in the border area. Tensions are high. Hardly a day passes … Read more

Live updates | Turkish company donates drone for Ukraine

VILNIUS, Lithuania – Inspired by the generosity of an act by Lithuanians, a Turkish manufacturer is donating a drone that will go to a war-torn country of Ukraine, Lithuania’s defense minister said Thursday. Last week, Lithuanians raised 5.9 million euros in several days to buy a drone for Ukraine. Liturgical authorities had traveled to Turkey … Read more

EXPLAINER: What Turkey’s Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Within a two-week span, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a stir by throwing a wrench in Sweden and Finland’s historic request to join NATO, lashing out at fellow alliance member Greece and announcing plans for a new incursion into Syria. Erdogan appears to be using Turkey’s role as a mediator … Read more

Why Turkey does not want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy. The … Read more

Why Turkey does not want Sweden, Finland to join NATO

When Finland and Sweden announced their interest in joining NATO, the two Nordic states were expected to be swiftly accepted as members of the defense alliance. But joining NATO requires consensus approval from all existing members, and Turkey – one of the group’s most strategically important and militarily powerful members – is not happy. The … Read more

Rebutting Turkey, Biden lauds NATO bids of Sweden, Finland

WASHINGTON (AP) – Flanked by the leaders of Finland and Sweden, President Joe Biden forcefully supported their applications to join NATO on Thursday as Russia’s war in the heart of Europe challenges the continent’s security. The US president rejected Turkey’s opposition, insisting the two countries “meet every NATO requirement and then some.” Biden walked to … Read more