Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged town there.

Redur Khalil, a senior Syrian Democratic Forces official, said Saturday the plan for evacuation from the town of Ras al-Ayn is set for the following day, if there are no delays.

Lebanon: Hariri cancels cabinet meeting amidst calls for resignation

19 Oct 2019; MEMO: Lebanese prime minister, Saad Al-Hariri, cancelled the cabinet meeting which planned to take place on Friday, amidst calls for him to resign, Lebanese mass media reported.

Hariri declared a 72-hour ultimatum for his partners in government, to announce their support for reformations and anti-corruption plans, which were already agreed upon.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says does not want government to resign

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that the group was not demanding the government’s resignation amid widespread national protests.

Nasrallah said in a televised speech that he supported the government, but called for a new agenda and “new spirit,” adding that ongoing protests showed the way forward was not new taxes.

Any tax imposed on the poor would push him to call supporters to go take to the streets, Nasrallah added.

Protests grip Lebanon demanding government resigns

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters blocked roads and burned tires across Lebanon for a second day on Friday, demanding the demise of a political elite they say looted the economy to the point of breakdown.

The nationwide protests, Lebanon’s biggest in years, brought ordinary people from all sects and walks of life to the streets. They carried banners and chanted slogans calling on the government to resign.

Australia won’t retrieve refugees in cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria (all times local):

03:15 a.m.

Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too dangerous to send Australian troops or officials into the war-torn nation.

Dutton says he is hopeful the cease-fire will lead to lasting peace.

Syrian Kurdish-led authority urges corridor for civilians to leave border town

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria called for a corridor “to evacuate dead and wounded civilians” from Ras al-Ain town which Turkish forces have pushed into.

It said in a statement that people were trapped in the Syrian border town, urging foreign powers including the U.S.-led coalition and Russia, to intervene to get them out.

Lebanese President Slams Israel’s Policies Of Contradicting Int’l Laws

BEIRUT, Oct 15 (NNN-NNA) – Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, slammed Israeli policies of contradicting all international laws, treaties and customs, a statement by the president’s office said.

“Israel violates other states’ sovereignty, occupies the Golan Heights, while declaring Al-Quds as its capital and occupying Palestinian territories,” Aoun said, during an event in the capital Beirut.

Aoun also referred to Israel’s violation of international laws as a dangerous indicator of what is being prepared for the region.

Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey’s Syrian fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian fighters vowed to kill “pigs” and “infidels,” paraded their Kurdish captives in front of cameras and, in one graphic video, fired several rounds into a man lying on the side of a highway with his hands bound behind his back.

They are part of the self-styled Syrian National Army, the shock troops in Turkey’s offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces who were abandoned last week after President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria.

Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey’s offensive in Syria (all times local):

08:15 a.m.

Australia’s foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of Islamic State families and supporters escaped from a holding camp on Sunday amid fighting between Turkish forces and the Kurds.

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