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Turks push harder on Kurds in Syria

posted: 01/23/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

HASSA, Turkey -- Turkish troops and their allies advanced Monday against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria, according to the militia and a war monitoring group.

Volcano blows, sends Filipinos back to shelters

posted: 01/23/2018 3:01 a.m. Discuss

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' most active volcano ejected lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion Monday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.

Accusations slanderous, pope reiterates

updated: 01/23/2018 3:01 a.m. Discuss

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis apologized for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show "proof" to be believed, saying he realized it was a "slap in the face" to victims that he never intended.

Pence: Embassy move set for 2019

updated: 01/23/2018 2:56 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Vice President Mike Pence told Israel's parliament on Monday that the U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, receiving a rousing ovation.

Tillerson sees strides in fixing Iran deal

updated: 01/23/2018 2:55 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

The world in brief

updated: 01/23/2018 2:55 a.m. Discuss

N. Korea celebrity sees protest in South

Sea passes futile, China tells U.S.

posted: 01/23/2018 2:55 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING — China has a message for President Donald Trump’s administration: The more ships the U.S. sends to the contested waters of the South China Sea, the more China will bolster its presence.

Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria

updated: 01/22/2018 11:33 a.m. Comment 1

HASSA, Turkey — Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara's offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group.

Pence to Israel: U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem in 2019

updated: 01/22/2018 5:48 p.m. Comment 1

JERUSALEM — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers Monday that the U.S. would put plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on a fast track, drawing angry denunciations from Arabs who were forcibly removed from the hall during his speech before Israel's parliament.

Turks advance on Syria Kurds

updated: 01/22/2018 2:26 a.m. Discuss

HASSA, Turkey -- Turkey pushed ahead with a ground offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in its bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on Turkish towns, killing at least one refugee.

Kabul siege ends after Taliban kill 18 people

updated: 01/22/2018 2:25 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Security forces said Sunday that they had killed the last of six Taliban militants, ending a 14-hour overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 other people dead, including 14 foreigners.

Pope sees backlash over comments

updated: 01/22/2018 2:21 a.m. Discuss

LIMA, Peru -- As he wrapped up his visit to Peru on Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the plague of corruption sweeping through Latin America. But controversy over his accusations that Chilean sex abuse victims slandered a bishop continued to cast a shadow over what has become the most contested and violent trip of his papacy.

Merkel's party nears coalition

updated: 01/22/2018 2:19 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN -- The Social Democratic Party of Germany voted Sunday to open talks on forming a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after party leaders urged members to overcome their apprehensions for the good of the country and stability of Europe.

Jordanian king, Pence meet

updated: 01/22/2018 2:18 a.m. Discuss

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's King Abdullah II appealed to Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after fallout from President Donald Trump's administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

5 Congolese killed in national protests

posted: 01/22/2018 2:18 a.m. Discuss

KINSHASA, Congo — Five people were killed and 33 injured when police in Congo used tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators across the nation Sunday who were calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down, the United Nations said.

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