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US, Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border. The arrangement appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's position in the...

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

Oct. 17, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged Thursday that it held up military aid to Ukraine as President Donald Trump pushed the country's new leader to investigate the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a central question in the House impeachment inquiry . Acting...

Coast Guard, Mexican Navy search for plane, Missouri pilot

Oct. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Mexican Navy vessel have been searching the Gulf of Mexico for a small plane that flew far beyond its destination in Louisiana. The Coast Guard says Steven Schumacher was flying alone from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and probably crashed hours after missing...

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

Oct. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 53-36 vote was well short of the two-thirds required to overturn the veto. The vote mirrored...

Trump portrays Mideast as a bloody sandbox, maligns Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people "play" violently because that's "what they do" in that part of the world. "It's unnatural for us, but it's sort of natural for them - to fight," he said. This from...

Coast Guard seizes $92M of cocaine, brings it to San Diego

Oct. 17, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cocaine valued at an estimated $92 million was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard from boats in the Pacific Ocean has been brought to San Diego. About 6,800 pounds (3,084 kilograms) of cocaine were offloaded from the Coast Guard cutter Alert on Wednesday. The Coast Guard says the cocaine was...

The Latest: US airstrikes destroy ammo left behind in Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Syria (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two U.S. fighter jets launched airstrikes Wednesday to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria. The factory had served as a coordination center for...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Trump dismisses Syria concerns; Dems walk out of WH meeting

Oct. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump muddles facts on US Syria withdrawal

Oct. 16, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump muddled the facts Wednesday on America's withdrawal from Syria and the conditions on the ground there, as he distanced himself and the U.S. from the ongoing Turkish invasion into Syria. He suggested incorrectly that the Syrian Kurds who fought alongside U.S. forces...