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Plumes of smoke rise on the air from inside Syria, as seen from the outskirts of the border town of Kilis, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Turkish jets have begun an aerial offensive, codenamed operation "Olive Branch", against the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, in northwest Syria . A military statement says the operation launched Saturday aims to protect Turkey's borders, "neutralize" Syrian Kurdish fighters in the enclave and to save the local population from their "pressure and oppression." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Latest: France calls for UN meeting over SyriaThe French foreign ministry said France is calling for a U.N. security council emergency meeting over the deteriorating situation in Syria
The Associated Press10 minutes ago
Philippines says it won't be embroiled in US-China sea spatThe Philippines says it won't get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing's protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines
The Associated Press42 minutes ago
A view of the Turkey-Syria border area as seen from the outskirts of the village of Sugedigi, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Several military trucks carrying tanks and other armored vehicles crossed into Syria late Saturday during anticipated ground offensive into a Syrian Kurdish enclave.T urkish jets pounded earlier the Kurdish-run enclave of Afrin in northern Syria which Turkey has vowed to clear of a Syrian Kurdish group which Turkey considers to be "terrorists." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkish troops attack Kurdish enclave in northern SyriaTurkish troops and Syrian opposition forces have attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria in their bid to drive a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the region
The Associated Press59 minutes ago
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen disembark the plane upon his arrival at Amman military airport, Jordan, Saturday, Jan 20, 2018. This is the second leg of his Middle East tour that will include Israel.  (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Jordan urges Pence to 'rebuild trust' after Jerusalem pivotJordan's king appeals to U.S. vice president to 'rebuild trust and confidence' in two-state solution, after fallout from U.S. pivot on Jerusalem
The Associated Press1 hour ago
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen disembark the plane upon his arrival at Amman military airport, Jordan, Saturday, Jan 20, 2018. This is the second leg of his Middle East tour that will include Israel.  (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
The Latest: Israeli Arab lawmakers to boycott Pence speechThe main Arab party in the Israeli Knesset says it will boycott Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the parliament on Monday
The Associated Press1 hour ago
France withdraws Paris bid for 2025 World ExpoFrance's prime minister Edouard Philippe has decided to withdraw Paris candidacy to host the 2025 World Expo
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 photo, a man walks by a billboard encouraging more women candidates in upcoming parliament elections reading in Arabic "Half the society, half the parliament," in downtown Beirut, Lebanon during a conference on women participation in politics. Lebanon is holding its first parliamentary elections in nearly ten years in May. The government and local groups, with help from the United Nations and the European Union, are campaigning to get at least five times more women elected to the parliament, a daunting task in this country that may look like the Middle East's most liberal. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese push for more participation of women in politicsA new campaign is underway to boost the number of women in Lebanon's parliament in elections this spring, the country's first vote in nearly 10 years
The Associated Press1 hour ago
German Social Democrats debate coalition talks with MerkelGermany's center-left Social Democrats are debating whether to enter coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, and help break the political deadlock since September's election
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard's grip on economyIran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy
The Associated Press2 hours ago
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, left, joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, center, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdownCongressional Democrats and Republicans are waiting for each other to blink over the government shutdown
The Associated Press3 hours ago
United States Park Police officer Fernandez, right, inform tourist that the Statue of Liberty is closed, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. The National Park Service announced that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations." Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essentialVisiting the Statue of Liberty deemed a non-essential service during government shutdown that splits the must-have and the can-waits
The Associated Press3 hours ago
A protester carries a sign during a Women's March against sexual violence and the policies of the Trump administration Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Global female empowerment marches enter second dayDemonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched and chanted
The Associated Press3 hours ago
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