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US troops in Syria going to Iraq, not home as Trump claims

Oct. 20, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — While President Donald Trump insists he's bringing home Americans from "endless wars" in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren't...

Caught up in Trump impeachment, US diplomats fight back

Oct. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats are...

Trump scraps plan to host G-7 at his Doral golf resort

Oct. 20, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next year's Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral golf resort in Florida. "I think he knows," his acting chief of staff said Sunday, "people think it looks lousy." Trump...

South Sudan's opposition leader warns of return to civil war

Oct. 20, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar warned Sunday that the country could return to civil war if a coalition government is formed by a Nov. 12 deadline and he asked for another months-long delay for the crucial step in a fragile peace deal. Machar made an impassioned plea to...

Mogherini rues 'historic mistake' over EU membership talks

Oct. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc's leaders have made "a historic mistake" when they failed to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia earlier this week. Mogherini said Sunday in her blog that she regretted that European...

Boris Johnson faces frenzied week as Brexit deadline nears

Oct. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has...

The Latest: Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town

Oct. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A spokesman for the main Kurdish-led group in Syria says their fighters have evacuated the northern town of Ras al-Ayn, saying they have no armed presence there anymore. Kino Gabriel of the Syrian...

US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

Oct. 20, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State...

Canada's Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau's flash

Oct. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Even members of his own party say Canada's Conservative leader is bland. They tout it as a virtue, the antidote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's flash and star power, and they're counting on this very quality to help Andrew Scheer defeat Trudeau's Liberal Party in national elections...

Pelosi in Jordan for 'vital discussions' amid Syria crisis

Oct. 20, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of American lawmakers on a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria amid a shaky U.S.-brokered cease-fire. The visit came after bipartisan criticism in Washington has slammed President Donald Trump for his decision to...