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The Latest: US forces leave Manbij, as Syrian forces move in

Oct. 15, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A U.S. military spokesman says American troops have left the town of Manbij as part of their withdrawal from northeast Syria. Col. Myles B. Caggins tweeted: "We are out of Manbij." He added that the...

The Latest: UK says it wants to nail down a Brexit deal ASAP

Oct. 15, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1:45 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman says the U.K. wants to nail down a Brexit deal "as soon as possible and we want to make progress ahead of the EU council (summit) on Thursday." Spokesman James Slack said Tuesday: "We are...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

German security services want more powers to fight extremism

Oct. 15, 2019 2:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's security services said Tuesday they're seeking greater powers to fight the kind of far-right extremism behind last week's synagogue attack, including requiring internet companies to report illegal hate speech to police. A 27-year-old German man previously unknown to police confessed...

The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

The Latest: UN council to say well done in person to Ahmed

Oct. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says its 15 members will be delivering a message in person in 10 days to Nobel peace laureate Abiy Ahmed: "Well done! You made us proud." South Africa's U.N. Ambassador Jerry Matjila,...

Ethiopia's reformist PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize

Oct. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful counterpoint to strongman movements far beyond it. Now the task for...

Putin says he doubts Ukraine can deliver on peace process

Oct. 11, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented Friday the inability of his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to ensure a pullback of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine as the first step toward peace settlement. Putin's remarks on Friday came a week after Ukraine, along with Russia...

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

Shooting latest indication of increasing anti-Semitism

Oct. 9, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

The shooting that left two dead and several injured in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday — when Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for their faith — has shined a spotlight on the worldwide rise of anti-Semitic incidents. The attack in Germany, where investigators are pursuing...