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The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:40pm

The U.S. and Turkey have agreed 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. After negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is hailing the five-day cease-fire as the way to end the bloodshed.

Pakistan blacklists, expels global journalists' group leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:10pm

Pakistan has blacklisted and expelled the Asia coordinator of global press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trudeau could lose power in Canada's election Monday

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:03pm

Ian Bremmer remembers the first time he met Justin Trudeau, at the annual gathering of elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Gun battles sweep Culiacan after troops locate Chapo's son

AndrÉs Villarreal and MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:08pm

An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

UN: September deadliest for civilians in Yemen but new hope

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 3:33pm

September was the deadliest month for civilians in war-torn Yemen this year but violence has lessened very recently and there are signs of hope, U.N. officials said Thursday.

The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria tells Kurdish TV they will abide by a cease-fire agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:00pm

The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria tells Kurdish TV they will abide by a cease-fire agreement .

Police arrest 2nd suspect in case of isolated Dutch family

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:10pm

Dutch police said Thursday that a group of people discovered on an isolated farm this week may have been kept there against their will for up to nine years, as they arrested a 67-year-old man who says he is the father of the group.

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:55pm

As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region.

Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:43am

Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.

Trump announces "great news" out of Pence-Erdogan talks in Turkey, saying "millions of lives will be saved!"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:37am

Trump announces "great news" out of Pence-Erdogan talks in Turkey, saying "millions of lives will be saved!"

British PM Boris Johnson says he's confident the UK Parliament will vote for his Brexit deal on Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:03am

British PM Boris Johnson says he's confident the UK Parliament will vote for his Brexit deal on Saturday.

The Latest: US envoy blasts Venezuela seat on UN agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:04am

The Latest on voting for the U.N. Human Rights Council (all times local):

Maldives investigates activist group for "slandering Islam"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:56am

The head of a Maldivian activist group says that police have contacted to investigate a report published by her organization that is purported to have slandered Islam.

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:31am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw sweeping war games intended to test the readiness of the nation's strategic forces for a nuclear conflict.

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:03am

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record.

Protesters bar Haiti's president from visiting historic site

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:32am

Haiti's embattled president was forced on Thursday to hold a private ceremony amid heavy security for what is usually a public celebration of one of the country's founding fathers.

Iraqi blogger outspoken about country's corruption detained

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 8:18am

A family member of a popular Iraqi blogger says authorities have detained him, apparently over his coverage of anti-government protests.

German official condemns violence at Kurdish protest rallies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 7:31am

A senior German security official on Thursday condemned violence during protests by Kurds in Germany against Turkey's military operation in northern Syria.

Pakistan silences army's critics with raids, terror charges

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 7:19am

A dozen plainclothes Pakistani security forces attempted Thursday to raid the former home of a human rights activist who recently fled to the United States seeking asylum.