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Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Court orders new sentencing for Alabama death row inmate

Oct. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alabama man condemned to die for a killing more than 30 years ago should get a new sentencing hearing because of questions over his mental competence. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released the decision Tuesday in the case of James...

Romanian president asks Ludovic Orban to form new government

Oct. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Tuesday nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis' mandate to build support in the Romanian Parliament,...

Sudan's government, rebels start peace talks in Juba

Oct. 14, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new transitional government met with rebel leaders on Monday, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan's army and its pro-democracy movement. That deal was reached after the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...

Energy executive pushed by Perry padded his military record

Oct. 11, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive that Energy Secretary Rick Perry recommended as an adviser to the Ukrainian government exaggerated his military credentials, according to U.S. veterans who said he scrubbed the false information from online profiles after learning they were investigating...

Trump picks new US ambassador to Russia

Oct. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating the No. 2 official at the State Department to be the next U.S. ambassador to Russia. Trump announced Friday that he's picked John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state, for the post. He'll replace John Huntsman who announced in August that he was...