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Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fear

Oct. 17, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones. The agent in the olive-green uniform freely stepped in and out of the...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony to House impeachment...

The Latest: Trump credits 'tough love' for cease-fire deal

Oct. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is crediting his threat of sanctions on Turkey as "tough love" that led the country to agree to a five-day cease-fire in its battle with Kurds in northern Syria. Talking to reporters in Fort Worth,...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's use of military money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall has survived a Senate effort to overturn the move. Senate legislation would have reversed Trump's move to take money from military base projects. Trump vetoed the legislation, and senators on Thursday...

Pence announces Turkey has agreed to cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish border, in what appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's...

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Oct. 17, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation's strategic forces for a nuclear conflict. The drills featured practice launches of several intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as warships and strategic bombers firing...

Pakistan silences army's critics with raids, terror charges

Oct. 17, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A dozen plainclothes Pakistani security forces attempted Thursday to raid the former home of a human rights activist who recently fled to the United States seeking asylum. Gulalai Ismail's elderly parents said they were ordered to come outside "just to talk," but refused. The security men...

Indonesia arrests 40 militant suspects ahead of inauguration

Oct. 17, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism unit went on a busy 24-hour spree to root out suspected Islamic militants ahead of a presidential inauguration this weekend that will be attended by Asian leaders and Western envoys. At least 40 suspects have been detained by the counterterrorism...

Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

Oct. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister on Thursday promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency, which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promises more money...

The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for...