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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...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

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...

Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

Oct. 15, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria's Kurdish fighters, America's longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works...

Russia's Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Mideast trip

Oct. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow's political and energy ties across the Mideast. Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted...

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate...

Syria's Kurds: Turn to Damascus or concede to Turkey?

Oct. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country. The Kurdish fighters have few options. They could...

Ukraine leader: Predecessor trying to derail peace process

Oct. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused his predecessor on Thursday of fomenting protests to derail a peace process for the country's separatist-held east and said talks with Russia were the only way to end the five-year war there. Zelenskiy told reporters that Petro...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President...