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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 seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its...

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...

Netanyahu asks Russia to free imprisoned Israeli woman

Oct. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia. Russia last week sentenced Naama Issachar, 26, to seven and a half years in prison, months after she was stopped in Moscow's international airport...

Tired Medvedev out of Kremlin Cup after Shanghai win

Oct. 15, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Daniil Medvedev has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup because of fatigue, two days after winning the Shanghai Masters. The fourth-ranked Russian was coming into the Moscow tournament as the No. 1 seed after beating Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai final on Sunday. He's reached the final of his...

Moscow says it won't allow Turkish, Syrian government forces to clash, underscoring de facto power broker role in Syria.

Oct. 15, 2019 7:42 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow says it won't allow Turkish, Syrian government forces to clash, underscoring de facto power broker role in Syria.

Legendary Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov buried in Russia

Oct. 15, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

MYTISHCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, has been laid to rest at a memorial cemetery outside the Russian capital of Moscow. The legendary cosmonaut, who died Friday at 85, was buried Tuesday in a lavish ceremony, attended by hundreds of well-wishers and other celebrated...

4 Russian protesters jailed on charges of assaulting police

Oct. 14, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Four more people suspected of assaulting Russian police officers during a July opposition protest in Moscow have been arrested, Russia's top state investigative agency said Monday. The Investigative Committee said the four were accused of pushing and grabbing officers at the July 27 rally. It...

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...