Defying NATO Allies, Turkey Says it Rejects Syria Cease-Fire

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president says he won’t halt its military offensive in northeast Syria, despite growing pressure and sanctions from NATO allies. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments came as Washington, which has announced limited sanctions on Turkey, said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Ankara Wednesday to try and reach a…

Coveted Nobel Peace Prize to be Handed Out Amid Speculation

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize will be handed out Friday with plenty of speculation about possible winners but no hints from the Nobel committee, which doesn’t reveal the names of candidates or nominations for 50 years. Names flying around include 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg; Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of…

‘Welcome to Minneapolis’: Trump Rally Roils Liberal Bastion

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) — The conflict and Twitter battles arrived in Minnesota well ahead of President Donald Trump’s touchdown in the state. Trump traded Twitter insults with the Minneapolis mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday’s rally at a downtown arena. He denounced Jacob Frey as a “Radical Left”…

Iran urges Turkey No To Go Ahead With Attack On Syrian Kurds

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has joined the chorus of criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria. Iranian state TV reported on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to express Tehran’s opposition to the anticipated…

100s of Accused Priests Living Under Radar With No Oversight

(AP) Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.…