• US delegation seeking a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey’s position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions.

  • Kurdish commander: Trump approved deal with Russia, Damascus

    CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria on Thursday said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller “safe zone” than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the American-Turkish deal.

  • UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new U.N. report says civilians are dying in record numbers in Afghanistan’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics.

  • Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

    BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them.

  • Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital.

  • Turkey defies its NATO allies in Syria, as Russia steps in

    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 Latest: France looks to Russia in Syria, as US withdraws

    AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

  • Far-right groups protest Ukrainian president’s peace plan

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a story Oct. 14, The Associated Press reported that thousands of far-right and nationalist activists marched through Kyiv, protesting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s leadership and his peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

  • Correction: Mexico-Violence story

    MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about two shootouts between Mexican security forces and suspected drug cartel gunmen, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they took place the same day. One took place Monday, and the other Tuesday.

  • Turkish patriotism on display amid Syria operation

    AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — National soccer team players give military salutes during international matches, Turkish flags flutter from balconies and storefronts, songs extolling the glory days of the Ottoman Empire blare from a border town’s loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional boom of outgoing artillery.