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US delegation seeking a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against Islamic State...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

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. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

The Latest: Russia's Putin raises Syria concerns with Turkey

Oct. 17, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Kremlin says Russia's President Vladimir Putin will discuss humanitarian problems stemming from Turkey's military operation into northern Syria when he meets with his Turkish counterpart next week. Putin...

The Latest: Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to meet Erdogan

Oct. 17, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. delegation's trip to Turkey (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) have arrived in Turkey to mount an improbable push for a cease-fire in Syria. Their visit to Ankara on Thursday to meet with...

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS DIES AT 68 The Maryland congressman became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated Trump and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor....

Greece: 12 detained in Turkey protest

Oct. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece have detained 12 people who evaded security and staged a protest against Turkey's attacks in Syria at the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. The protesters entered the grounds of the Ataturk Museum in the northern city of...

Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to push Syria cease-fire hours after Trump suggests US has no stake in defending Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 6:19 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to push Syria cease-fire hours after Trump suggests US has no stake in defending Kurds.

Kurdish commander: Trump approved deal with Russia, Damascus

Oct. 17, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose a deal struck between the Syrian Kurdish-led forces, Russia and the Syrian government in Damascus to protect against a Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, the commander of the force said as his fighters battled a new push by...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

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. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Cyprus police pick up 21 migrants who crossed dividing line

Oct. 17, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have rounded up 21 people believed to be migrants who crossed over from the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation. Police said the migrants hail from countries including Congo, Mali, Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They...