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The Latest: Merkel calls on Turkey to end Syria offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:33am

The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

Kurdish commander: Trump approved deal with Russia, Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:55am

The commander of the Syrian Kurdish-led forces says U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose a deal his group made with Russia and the Syrian government to protect against a Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria.

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, going on trial in Hamburg

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:13am

From his post as a young SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily sight.

Cyprus police pick up 21 migrants who crossed dividing line

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:37am

Cyprus police say they have rounded up 21 people believed to be migrants who crossed over from the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation.

Indonesia arrests 36 militant suspects ahead of inauguration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:23am

Indonesian police say they have arrested 36 suspected militants ahead of the presidential inauguration that will be attended by Asian leaders.

Philippine president bruised, scratched from motorcycle fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:09am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fell off his parked motorcycle on the palace grounds, suffering bruises and scratches, but the minor injuries won't affect his schedule, his spokesman said Thursday.

Opposition protests suspend Hong Kong assembly session

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 10:56pm

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was again forced from the legislative chamber because of protests Thursday by opposition members following a bloody attack on a leader of the nearly 5-month-old protest movement.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 10:40pm

A senior U.S. delegation on its way to Turkey is facing a herculean task _ to pressure Turkish officials to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria just hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending its Kurdish allies. Vice President Mike Pence is heading the delegation that includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They are set to arrive in Turkey Thursday afternoon, a day after Trump dismissed the very crisis he sent his aides on an emergency mission to douse.

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas, royal parade may be delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 10:33pm

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting towns devasted by the deadly typhoon to meet residents to assess damage and their needs.

Mexico deports 311 Indian migrants back to South Asia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 9:19pm

Mexican immigration authorities say they have deported 311 Indian citizens in an unprecedented repatriation to that South Asian nation.

Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 9:06pm

A government minister has promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism.

Landslide, building damage from Philippine quake kills 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 8:46pm

A landslide and building damage caused by a strong earthquake in the southern Philippines has killed four people and injured dozens.

Bus near Saudi holy city of Mecca crashes, killing 35 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 7:24pm

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Africans fail to get UN support for AU-UN envoy for Libya

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 5:02pm

African members of the Security Council tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to appoint a joint African Union-United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Libya, in an apparent attempt to replace current U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame.

Buses collide in central Sudan, killing 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:19pm

Sudan's state-run news agency says a head-on collision between two buses has killed 21 people in a central province.

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Joseph Krauss and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:11pm

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.

Obama endorses Trudeau in unprecedented endorsement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 1:11pm

Barack Obama is urging Canadians to reelect Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president.

New European Commission delayed, to take office in December

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:48am

Ursula von der Leyen will have to wait a bit longer before she takes over as the next European Commission president after the European Parliament delayed a vote on the appointment of her team on Wednesday.

In Iraq, concern that Syria chaos would bring back IS

Hadi Mizban, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 16th - 11:45am

Iraq's defense minister on Wednesday expressed concerns that the Islamic State group could take advantage of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria to destabilize Iraq, saying that a number of militants have been able to escape detention in Syria amid the chaos and cross into Iraq.