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Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

Turkey gets second S-400 battery, plans to activate in 2020

Sep. 15, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense ministry says Russia has completed delivery of components for a second battery of the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system to an airbase in the Turkish capital. In a statement Sunday, the ministry said it plans to activate the system in April 2020. Turkey went ahead...

Embattled Israeli PM fights for survival in do-over election

Sep. 15, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in...

Afghan government says elections first, peace deal after

Sep. 14, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government will only consider making a "legitimate" peace with insurgents after national elections are held this month, an official told reporters on Saturday, despite the atmosphere of political uncertainty following the sudden halt in U.S.-Taliban peace talks....

Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended 3 games by NHL

Sep. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems and their tale of 2 countries

Sep. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those...

Haney easily beats Abdullaev, bout stopped after 4 rounds

Sep. 14, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Haney has only one opponent on his mind. The 20-year-old dominated from the start Friday night and stopped Zaur Abdullaev after four rounds to win their WBC interim lightweight bout that should catapult Haney to a fight with champion Vasyl Lomachenko. "Lomachenko, this guy doesn't...

Today in History

Sep. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2019. There are 108 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" (later "The Star-Spangled Banner") after witnessing the American flag flying over...

Justice Dept. opposes House request for Mueller materials

Sep. 13, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn't get access to secret grand jury material amassed during the special counsel's Russia investigation, even as it weighs whether to pursue impeachment. The response comes nearly two months after the...

UN chief launches Syria inquiry amid protests over secrecy

Sep. 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected a Nigerian general Friday to lead a U.N. investigation into attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria's last opposition stronghold in the northwest amid protests that its findings will be kept secret. U.N. spokesman Stephane...