ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry says Turkey has agreed to allow U.S.-led coalition forces to use its air bases in the southern part of the country for operations targeting Islamic State group extremists.
A ministry statement says Friday that Turkey's air force will also be taking part in the operations. It says it expects Turkey's cooperation to "make a difference" to the campaign against the IS group.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — High-level talks between Greece and its European creditors on a third bailout for the cash-strapped country have been delayed until logistical matters are sorted out.
Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili sought to downplay talk that security concerns are a reason why European negotiators won't now arrive in Athens until Saturday at the earliest. They had been expected Friday.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric has called on the government in Baghdad to do all it can to protect the families of Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group, saying they are an "easy prey" for extremists bent on revenge attacks.
In his Friday sermon, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani also said authorities should implement tough policies to catch and punish those who attack innocent civilians.
Al-Sistani's appeal comes amid mounting pressure on...
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seismologists in Greece have reported a 5.0-magnitude earthquake near islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, but authorities say there were no immediate reports of any injury or serious damage.
The Geodynamic Institute of Athens said the quake occurred at 12:58 p.m. (0958 GMT) on Friday near the holiday island of Kos.
Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved the 15.6 billion-euro ($17 billion) acquisition of ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent by Finland's Nokia Corporation following an investigation into whether the deal broke competition rules.
The EU's executive Commission said Friday that there was enough difference between the two firms to not raise major competition concerns.
The Commission said the overlap between the two is very limited...
ROME (AP) — Did Russian President Vladimir Putin offer former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi a job as economy minister? Berlusconi says it was just a joke and Putin says any support was "metaphorical."
A boast by Berlusconi that his old friend Putin had offered to make him economy minister made headlines around the world this week.
But Berlusconi spokeswoman Deborah Bergamini says he was just joking, and Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Putin...