Syrian government opens new Aleppo corridor for evacuations

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides.

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

Turkey ramps up fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

Philippine president announces separation from US

BEIJING (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum on Thursday, after handing China a major diplomatic victory, agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press