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Lebanese go back to blocking roads, demand sweeping change

Oct. 31, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters went back to blocking roads and thousands packed into public squares on Thursday, insisting their revolution was far from over despite the resignation of the prime minister earlier this week. Banks, schools and many businesses have been shuttered since mass protests...

The Latest: German FM fears 'political vacuum' in Lebanon

Oct. 29, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Germany's foreign minister has expressed concern about the political turmoil in Lebanon, warning of a "political vacuum." Heiko Maas told reporters in Cairo Tuesday that: "It is of paramount importance that the...

The Latest: EU Council president will recommend Brexit delay

Oct. 22, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:35 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that the EU grant Britain's request for an extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Tusk tweeted Tuesday that he will urge the other 27 EU nations to approve Britain's delay....

Boris Johnson inches toward securing Brexit but delay likely

Oct. 22, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — For a brief moment Tuesday, Brexit was within a British prime minister's grasp. Boris Johnson won Parliament's backing for the substance of his exit deal but lost a key vote on its timing, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading his country out of the European Union —...

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 03:15 a.m. Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too...

FM: Iraq will only repatriate IS fighters who are Iraqis

Oct. 17, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will only take back its own citizens and their families who fought with the Islamic State group in Syria, not those from other countries, Iraq's foreign minister said Thursday. Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said the home countries of other former IS members and their families should take the...

The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

In Iraq, concern that Syria chaos would bring back IS

Oct. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

RABIAA, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's defense minister on Wednesday expressed concerns that the Islamic State group could take advantage of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria to destabilize Iraq, saying that a number of militants have been able to escape detention in Syria amid the chaos and cross into Iraq....

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

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...