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AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Russian military police have begun patrols on part of the Syrian border, implementing an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) has warned his military could resume its offensive if Kurdish forces don't leave the full border area. Iraq, meanwhile, has shut the door on U.S. plans to keep American troops withdrawing from Syria on its soil, saying they will leave within four weeks.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's defense minister says after meeting his American counterpart that U.S. troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are "transiting" and will leave the country within four weeks. Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to The Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the U.S. may want to increase the number of troops based in Iraq at least temporarily.

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is weighing whether to push for an early election or try again to pass his stalled European Union divorce deal. Parliament has blocked a fast-track plan to approve his Brexit bill before the U.K.'s scheduled departure from the bloc on Oct. 31. Lawmakers backed the substance of Johnson's divorce deal in principle late Tuesday but said the government's plan to push the legislation through in a matter of days didn't provide enough time for scrutiny.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz is to be given an official mandate to form the next government but has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after assembling a large right-wing bloc, but failed to build a 61-seat majority.

EXTON, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is headed to Pennsylvania today to show his support for the natural gas industry, making clear he sees his pro-industry policies as a boost to his chances of winning the battleground state. As some of his Democratic opponents call for a fracking ban, Trump has been eager to tout his support for a sector he says brings economic benefits and jobs. However, suburban voters in Pennsylvania have shown a growing opposition to fracking.

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