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Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting

Oct. 10, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out. Amid...

Australia worried about Turkish offensive, IS resurgence

Oct. 10, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia is worried Turkey's military incursion in northern Syria could galvanize a resurgence of the Islamic State group, and has refused to endorse the close ally U.S. for pulling back its troops from the area. Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground...

Wildfires destroy up to 30 homes in eastern Australia

Oct. 9, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting...

Australian parliamentarian marches with Hong Kong protesters

Oct. 7, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An outspoken Australian parliamentarian on Monday branded the China's Communist Party "oppressive" after marching with protesters in Hong Kong. A former Australian Human Rights commissioner, Tim Wilson of the Liberal party, said he has been inspired by the pro-democracy movement in...

Australian PM balks at giving US internal communication

Oct. 2, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that his country is unlikely to provide the United States with internal government communications with an Australian diplomat who is partially responsible for triggering the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 American...

Pompeo starts Europe trip amid impeachment inquiry

Oct. 1, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a four-nation tour of Europe on Tuesday as he pushed back on an effort to compel diplomats to provide testimony to Congress for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Pompeo arrived in Rome to meet with Italian officials just hours after...

Pompeo, Democrats trade intimidation charges in Trump probe

Oct. 1, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting a defiant tone, the Trump administration resisted Congress' access to impeachment witnesses Tuesday, even as House Democrats warned such efforts themselves could amount to an impeachable offense. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to delay five current and former officials from...

Trump sought Australia's help on Russia probe origins

Oct. 1, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Attorney General William Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that shadowed his administration for more than two years, the Justice Department said Monday. The...

Giuliani subpoenaed as impeachment inquiry accelerates

Sep. 30, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president raged about treason. At the other, the methodical march toward impeachment proceeded apace. Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate...

'A planet full of ifs': Young people express climate angst

Sep. 25, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Around climate-change protests, tears linger. Youthful activists cite all-too depressing science and develop angst. They grieve for a future they worry they'll never have. Many young climate activists say they feel hopeless and overwhelmed. Psychologists say it's good they're talking about...