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The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

Bipartisan Senate bill would halt arms sales to Turkey

Oct. 9, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill would halt U.S. military assistance to NATO ally Turkey and clamp sanctions on the U.S. assets of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his country's invasion Wednesday of northern Syria. The measure effectively rebukes President Donald Trump's abrupt...

The Latest: Classified briefing on Syria set for Hill staff

Oct. 9, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The Trump administration will hold a classified briefing on Syria for House and Senate staff Tuesday afternoon, according to congressional aide familiar with the meeting....

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

Oct. 6, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic Republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over U.S. sanctions. The South Pars field deal,...

North Korea: No more talks until US ends 'hostile policy'

Oct. 6, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won't meet with the United States for more "sickening negotiations" unless it abandons its "hostile policy" against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden. After their first talks in more...

UN Security Council to meet Tuesday on North Korea launches

Oct. 3, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

UNITECD NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold closed consultations Tuesday on North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches, diplomats said Thursday. Britain, France and Germany called for a council meeting following the recent series of missile launches, which are a violation of U.N....

Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

Oct. 2, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani said the plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,...

North Korea fires missile days before resuming US talks

Oct. 2, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a suggestion that it may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend. The North...

Cuban foreign minister: Warming with US is irreversible

Oct. 1, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba's foreign minister said Tuesday that he believes improvements in relations with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration's hardening of the embargo on the island. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told The Associated Press that while the U.S....