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Sunday 10/20/2019
US defense chief in Afghanistan to assess the way ahead
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 7:03 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, where stalled peace talks with the Taliban and persistent violent attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration's pledged to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops.

UK's Johnson asks for a Brexit delay that he doesn't want
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 6:31 am

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed ahead Sunday with plans to try to win parliamentary backing for his new Brexit deal even as the European Union began considering his grudging request to extend the looming Brexit deadline.

German cabin crew union strikes at Lufthansa subsidiaries
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 4:37 am

BERLIN (AP) — A German union representing cabin crew has called members at several Lufthansa subsidiaries out on strike — a walkout that was extended by 13 hours at short notice.

1 Turkish soldier killed, amid shaky cease-fire in Syria
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 4:36 am

AKCAKALE (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says one soldier has been killed amid sporadic clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 3:31 am

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.

UK's Johnson asks for a Brexit delay that he doesn't want
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 3:16 am

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pressing ahead to try to win parliamentary backing for his new Brexit deal as the European Union considers his grudging request to extend the looming Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

The Latest: Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border
Updated: October 20, 2019 - 2:15 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

Saturday 10/19/2019
The Latest: Johnson sends EU request for Brexit delay
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 10:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 9:02 pm

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so he can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday. The request will top Erdogan's talks next week with Syria's ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

UK's Johnson asks for Brexit delay, but argues against it
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 9:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson grudgingly asked the European Union late Saturday to delay Brexit after the British Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his divorce deal. But the defiant Johnson also made clear that he personally opposed delaying the U.K.'s exit, scheduled for Oct. 31.

Egypt reveals details of 30 ancient coffins found in Luxor
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:46 pm

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities authorities on Saturday revealed the details of 30 ancient wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the southern city of Luxor.

Japan's team takes on South Africa in World Cup knockout
Posted: October 19, 2019 - 5:28 am

TOKYO (AP) — Before each match, Michael Leitch and his Japan squad have left the field in a battle-like formation after their warmup, each man in widening ranks behind the captain and with his right hand gripping the shoulder of the teammate in front.

Friday 10/18/2019
Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 10:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters differed over what it required and whether combat had halted.

Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 9:02 pm

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday.

Asylum-seeking Mexicans are more prominent at US border
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:55 am

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Lizbeth Garcia tended to her 3-year-old son outside a tent pitched on a sidewalk, their temporary home while they wait for their number to be called to claim asylum in the United States.

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 5:15 pm

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest.

'Only God is with us': A Syrian family feels betrayed by US
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 6:16 am

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — For months, every time Turkey threatened to invade northern Syria, Salwa Hanna told her husband they should take their children and flee from the border town of Kobani. And every time, he told her not to worry, because the Americans were there.

Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 8:32 pm

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara.

The Latest: UN chief strongly condemns mosque attack
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 3:45 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on mosque attack in eastern Afghanistan (all times local):

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 3:15 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

The Latest: Johnson seeks support for Brexit deal
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 3:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave the European Union in two weeks.

Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 10:01 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country's 18-year war.

NBA says Chinese wanted Morey's firing; China denies claim
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued.

German air crew union plans strike at Lufthansa subsidiaries
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 11:46 am

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing cabin crew in Germany says it's calling on members to walk out Sunday at several Lufthansa subsidiaries but is nixing a planned strike at the mother company.

Yes or No? Vital vote on Brexit plan set for Saturday in UK
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 9:01 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament is set to vote Saturday on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote.

In protest clouds, Hong Kong tourists see silver lining
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 10:32 am

HONG KONG (AP) — No tiresome wait for hugs and kisses from Mickey and Minnie Mouse. No queue at all for Hyperspace Mountain, where thrill-seekers are so scarce that Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar speaks to himself in the dark.

Correction: South Sudan-Fragile Peace story
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 3:02 am

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about South Sudan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the opposition's deputy chairman, Henry Odwar, said a 3,000-member force was for opposition leader Riek Machar's protection.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Trudeau could lose power in Canada's election Monday
Posted: October 17, 2019 - 11:07 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Ian Bremmer remembers the first time he met Justin Trudeau, at the annual gathering of elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Asian shares fall back after China reports economy weakened
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 11:17 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Share prices retreated in Asia after China reported Friday that its economy grew at an annual rate of 6.0% in the latest quarter.

Protests spread across Lebanon over proposed new taxes
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 9:45 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in Beirut early Friday after they tried to push through security barriers around the government headquarters amid some of the largest demonstrations the country has seen in years. The riots left two people dead and dozens wounded.

The Latest: US, Turkey agree to cease-fire in Syria
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 9:15 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 7:45 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 6:47 pm

MADRID (AP) — This month's Spanish league "clásico" match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.

US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions.

Syrian Kurdish-led force says it will abide by cease-fire
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 7:45 pm

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria on Thursday said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller "safe zone" than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the American-Turkish deal.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 8:12 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.

The Latest: EU lawmakers might not OK Brexit deal by Oct. 31
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:47 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:04 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 11:46 am

MILAN (AP) — European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with.

Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital
Posted: October 17, 2019 - 10:20 am

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team wants to play its Spanish league "clásico" match against Real Madrid at home despite a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital on the same day.

Ex-soccer star Gascoigne cleared of sexual assault on woman
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 9:47 am

MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman on a train after he kissed her on the lips.

UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 9:15 am

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 9:00 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai.

European Commission president says there will be no extension to Britain's departure from the European Union.
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 8:47 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission president says there will be no extension to Britain's departure from the European Union.

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 5:00 pm

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily sight.

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 7:30 am

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them.

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 6:31 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai.

London commuters scuffle with climate activists
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 6:03 am

LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital.

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 4:16 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital.

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