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

Oct. 14, 2019 4:38 PM 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...

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Turkey says it is acting in self-defense in Syria

Oct. 14, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turkey has justified its ongoing invasion of northeast Syria to the United Nations by saying it's exercising its right to self-defense under the U.N. Charter, according to a letter circulated Monday. Ankara said the military offensive was undertaken to counter an "imminent terrorist...

Ex-National Security Council official testifying to Congress

Oct. 14, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Hill wouldn't comment as she...

Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 22 suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a counterterrorism crackdown following last week's assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded Indonesia's top security minister, police said Monday. National police spokesman...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

Indonesia nabs 2 accused of planning to attack Bali police

Oct. 12, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's counterterrorism squad has arrested two suspected militants accused of plotting an attack on police on the tourist island of Bali, police said Saturday. Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja said the man and his son were arrested Thursday, just hours after a militant...

Tunisia: Post-debate handshake hailed as pro-democracy sign

Oct. 12, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...

Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump's presidency

Oct. 12, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were dozens of ears listening to President Donald Trump's 30-minute phone call with the leader of Ukraine that is at the center of a House impeachment inquiry , and as many eyes that saw what he said. White House staffers, working in the secure, soundproof Situation Room in the West...

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Oct. 11, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own terms...