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Turkey Agrees to End Syria Operation, Pence Says

Turkey has agreed to suspend its Syria offensive for five days and will end the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw from a safe zone away from the border, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish officials said on Thursday.

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Prominent Iraqi Blogger Snatched from Home

Armed men in uniform seized a prominent Iraqi blogger from his home on Thursday, one of his relatives told AFP, after a wave of deadly anti-government protests earlier this month.

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Observatory Says Turkey Assault in Syria Displaced 300,000

Turkey's week-old offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria has displaced more than 300,000 people, a war monitor said Thursday.

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IS Says It 'Freed' Women Held by Syrian Kurds

The Islamic State group said Thursday it had "freed" women held by Syria's Kurds, the latest in a series of reported breakouts since Turkey launched a cross-border offensive last week.

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Protester Flees Russia as Two Others Tie the Knot in Jail

A protester has fled Russia fearing imprisonment, his lawyer said Thursday, as a jailed demonstrator married a young woman accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

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Bangladesh Border Guards Shoot Dead Indian Soldier

An Indian paramilitary guard was killed and another critically wounded after a "firing by Bangladeshi troops" at a border river on Thursday, Indian security forces said, the first deadly incident between the nations in recent times.

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Assad Says Syria to Counter Turkey by 'All Legitimate Means'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday his forces will counter Turkey's invasion by "all legitimate means", in his first remarks since deploying troops near the border to support Ankara's Kurdish rivals.

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UK, EU Strike Brexit Deal, Urge MPs to Back It

European Union leaders endorsed a hard-fought Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle getting it through the British parliament.

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Brexit Deal: What's in It

"Fair and reasonable." That's how both Britain's Boris Johnson and the EU describe the new draft Brexit deal reached Thursday after days of intense haggling.

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China Irked by Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for Hong Kong

China called for foreign governments not to interfere in its affairs Thursday, after a Norwegian politician nominated the "people of Hong Kong" for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

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