Syria's cease-fire holding despite minor violations

BEIRUT (AP) — A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight was holding Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has been shredding high-level peace initiatives for over five years.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press; SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

Garbage trucks to block possible Times Square truck attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France.

  • Written by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight after 2-week lull

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Breaking a two-week lull in fighting, Iraqi troops backed by the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes and artillery pushed deeper into eastern Mosul on Thursday in a multi-pronged assault against Islamic State militants in the city.

  • Written by HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press

Benefits of Indian cash overhaul elusive as deadline passes

NEW DELHI (AP) — Fifty days ago, India yanked most of its currency from circulation without warning, jolting the economy and leaving most citizens scrambling for cash. As the deadline for exchanging the devalued 500- and 1,000-rupee notes for new ones hit on Friday, many Indians were still stuck waiting in long bank lines.

  • Written by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press; NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press

Turkish committee clears draft expanding Erdogan's powers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Written by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press