UN official: Pauses in Syria suburb unilateral, 'not enough'

BEIRUT (AP) — The five-hour daily pauses in fighting in Syria's embattled eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus — laid out under a "unilateral" plan by Russia — are not enough to take in aid or evacuate civilians, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.

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  • Written by By BASSEM MROUE and JAMEY KEATEN , Associated Press

Trump says some lawmakers too fearful of NRA to act on guns


WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump is calling for quick and substantial changes to the nation's gun laws even as he criticizes lawmakers for being too fearful of the National Rifle Association to act.

  • Written by By LISA MASCARO, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump's communication director


WASHINGTON (AP) — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation, leaving a void around a president who values loyalty and affirmation.


  • Written by By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN , Associated Press