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The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 10:40pm

U.S. troops have stepped up their exit from northern Syria. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin to withdraw "as safely and quickly as possible." The U.S. appears to be moving toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war."

Ecuador government, indigenous leaders agree to cancel austerity package and end street protests that left 7 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 8:47pm

Ecuador government, indigenous leaders agree to cancel austerity package and end street protests that left 7 dead.

Japan looks for missing after typhoon, warns of mudslides

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 8:02pm

Rescue crews in Japan dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 36 dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan.

Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico

Benjamin Alfaro and Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 4:47pm

Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States.

Thousands join protest called by Haiti's art community

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 2:06pm

Thousands of Haitians have joined a protest in the capital called by the art community to demand President Jovenel Moïse resign, increasing pressure on the embattled leader after nearly a month of marches that have shuttered schools and businesses.

Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 1:09pm

Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race.

Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with Damascus to fend off Turkish invasion, are deploying along borders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 1:06pm

Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with Damascus to fend off Turkish invasion, are deploying along borders.

The Latest: Hungary opposition parties win big in Budapest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 11:27am

The Latest on local elections in Hungary (all times local):

Syrian TV says government troops moving to the north to confront ongoing Turkish offensive, no further details

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 11:16am

Syrian TV says government troops moving to the north to confront ongoing Turkish offensive, no further details.

Ukraine's president calls for calm at nationalists' march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 11:03am

Ukraine's president is urging participants in a nationalist march Monday to avoid violence, amid growing anger at his peace plan for the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 10:01am

The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu.

Scorsese says he's open-minded about Netflix film revolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 9:44am

Martin Scorsese said Sunday he's keeping an open mind about the cinema "revolution" sparked by the rise of video streaming services, as his Netflix-backed mafia epic "The Irishman" closed the London Film Festival .

Israeli president asks Putin to pardon imprisoned tourist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 9:03am

Israel's president has asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows to bolster intelligence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 8:43am

Sri Lanka's former defense chief, a presidential hopeful, says he will empower the state's intelligence sector with necessary legal cover for their duties to secure the country in the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday bomb blasts.

The Latest: Ecuador president, indigenous leaders set truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 6:53am

The latest on Ecuador's crisis (all times local):

Turkey says it has taken control of major highway in northern Syria after battles with Kurdish forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 6:49am

Turkey says it has taken control of major highway in northern Syria after battles with Kurdish forces.

Sudanese rebel groups seek peace after years of fighting

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 6:43am

Sudan's new, transitional authorities have six months to make peace with the country's rebels under a power-sharing deal reached this summer between the military and the pro-democracy movement following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April.

Egypt's president to meet with Ethiopia PM over Nile dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 6:41am

Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply.

US official says "small group" of American troops pull out of base in Syrian town as Turkish forces advance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 13th - 6:07am

US official says "small group" of American troops pull out of base in Syrian town as Turkish forces advance.