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The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

French firefighters protest working conditions, low pay

Oct. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of French firefighters marched through Paris on Tuesday against low pay for a risky job in a protest that ended in an unusual face-off with police — who held their own protest two weeks ago. Police used tear gas and water cannon when the march diverged from the official route...

The Latest: Scottish party won't accept Brexit plans

Oct. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of the independence-minded Scottish National Party says her party will never accept British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. Nicola Sturgeon told her party conference Tuesday that Scottish voters had opposed leaving...

France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Oct. 15, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France. "It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg...

Removal of Notre Dame's melted scaffold to begin 'in weeks'

Oct. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Melted scaffolding atop fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral will be removed "in the coming weeks" to allow restoration work to begin next year, France's culture minister said Tuesday. It's been six months since an April 15 fire gutted the medieval Paris structure, which was under renovation at...

2020 Tour de France: Mountains galore for pure climbers

Oct. 15, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Like a giant roller-coaster from start to finish over five mountain ranges, next year's Tour de France will feature new summits and only a few time-trial kilometers. That should delight pure climbers like defending champion Egan Bernal. "With just one time trial, and moreover one with a very...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

Today in History

Oct. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2019. There are 77 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48. On this...

Racist abuse, military salutes mar European qualifying

Oct. 14, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

Racism and politics overshadowed results in European Championship qualifying on Monday as England's players were subjected to a barrage of racist abuse in Bulgaria and Turkey celebrated an equalizer against France by lining up to give a military salute. The game in Bulgaria was halted twice because of fans...