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By The Associated Press | Updated - Oct 9th, 2019 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Oct 8th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



BEIRUT (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's worried Turkey's campaign in Syria will lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group. He said he was "deeply concerned" about Turkey's actions and is concerned about the safety of civilians and the Kurdish people. Turkey began an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area.

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it came to President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion, his supporters knew as little as his critics. For once, Republicans and Democrats in Congress were in the same place: out of the loop. Republicans found out about the policy change late at night and on Twitter. Sen. Lindsey Graham warned that Trump was making the "biggest mistake of his presidency."

BERLIN (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of the synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on Wednesday but did not get in as 70 to 80 people inside were observing the holy day. Video of the attack was livestreamed on Twitch, which said it had "worked with urgency" to remove it.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric says Diablo winds are to blame for extreme fire weather that has prompted it to shut off power to more than 1 million people. The hot, dry winds that swept into Northern California from the northeast are seasonal. But PG&E meteorologist Scott Strenfel says they're also part of a California-wide weather system that will produce Santa Ana winds in the south in the next day or so.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House's letter vowing to defy an "illegitimate" inquiry has actually put President Donald Trump on a more certain path to impeachment. His refusal to honor subpoenas or allow testimony is likely to play into a formal charge against him. The brash letter sent by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone Tuesday evening said the president would not participate in the impeachment investigation. Democrats say that's more fuel to write an article of impeachment charging him with obstruction.

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