Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country's north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded that the Kurds withdraw from recently seized territory.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts.

  • Written by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press