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Correction: Trump-Perry story

Oct. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 19 about Energy Secretary Rick Perry, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of John Bolton, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. A corrected version of the story is below: Impeachment inquiry puts spotlight on Perry, who shunned it...

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...

Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be 'transparent'

Oct. 18, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be "open and transparent" as it looks to persuade the U.S. government that it can be trusted and that national security concerns about its technology are unfounded. "The first thing we need to do is...

Bahrain's King Hamad appoints son national security adviser

Oct. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has appointed his fast-rising son as the island kingdom's new national security adviser. Bahrain's state-run news agency says Friday that the king issued a royal order appointing Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the position....

Pakistan silences army's critics with raids, terror charges

Oct. 17, 2019 11:43 PM 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...

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

Oct. 17, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union told House impeachment investigators Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive. Gordon Sondland spoke to...

The Latest: US, Turkey agree to cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:50 a.m. Friday The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's...

US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional...

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...