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Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria
(AP Photo)
By MEHMET GUZEL and BASSEM MROUE
From Associated Press
January 22, 2018 12:24 PM EST

HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara's offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian Christians say U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's brand of evangelical Christianity, with its fervent embrace of modern-day Israel as fulfilment of biblical prophecy, lacks their faith's compassion and justice, including for those who have endured half a century of Israeli occupation.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Survivors of the Taliban attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel gave harrowing accounts on Monday of the 13-hour weekend standoff that claimed 18 lives, including 14 foreigners.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are "baseless allegations."

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Independence Party, which played a key role in Britain's decision to leave the European Union, was in disarray Monday as its leader resisted demands to quit amid a scandal over his personal life.

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russian television channel RT says the Kremlin-funded outlet is already suffering the consequences of having to register as a foreign agent in the U.S.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing government faced pressure on Monday to act forcefully against far-right extremists following an expose of Polish neo-Nazis who celebrated Adolf Hitler, burning a swastika and dressing in Nazi German uniforms.

LONDON (AP) — A man accused of driving a van into worshippers near London's Finsbury Park Mosque became convinced that all Muslims were extremists or rapists in pedophile gangs, a prosecutor said Monday.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told Israel's parliament on Monday that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has set off weeks of unrest and thrown U.S.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the "door's open" for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with Israel on a peace agreement.

BRUSSELS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged European Union countries to recognize the state of Palestine and called on the 28-nation bloc to step up political efforts in the Middle East amid Arab disappointment with the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia.

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel can finally get down to formal negotiations on a new government after her prospective partners gave a hesitant green light.

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police have identified a second victim from Germany in a hotel fire in downtown Prague that killed four. Two people died at the scene after the blaze broke out in the Eurostars David hotel on Saturday evening.

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Fighting has long died down in Syria's largest city, but Aleppo's centuries-old market has yet to come back to life, more than a year after government forces retook rebel-held neighborhoods around the Old City.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday refused to ask Danish authorities to arrest ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is in Copenhagen to attend a university debate and meet with some lawmakers.

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S.

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region's politics and denounced a culture of "machismo" in which violence against women is too often tolerated.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang's top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced to return, Bangladesh said Monday.

BERLIN (AP) — A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S.

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A CEO from one of the world's top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Sultan of Brunei has made a complaint of defamation to the Indonesian police about an Instagram account that criticized the wealthy autocratic leader of Southeast Asia's smallest nation.

BANGKOK (AP) — A motorcycle bomb exploded at a market Monday morning in southern Thailand, killing three people and injuring 18, police said.