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A Shiite Muslim child beats his chest next to his father during a procession to mark the end of the 40 day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints, in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP PhotoK.M. Chaudary)


SYRIA _ Kurdish fighters and civilians have evacuated from a Syrian border town besieged by Turkish-backed fighters, the first pullback under a three-day-old U.S.-brokered ceasefire. Kurdish officials have said that opens the way to a broader withdrawal of Kurdish-led forces from parts of the Turkish border. By Mehmet Guzel and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA _ Defense Secretary Mark Esper says current plans call for U.S. troops leaving Syria to shift to western Iraq and the American military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence. He isn’t ruling out the idea that U.S. forces would conduct counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 780 words, photos. With MIDEAST-PELOSI _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan delegation of American lawmakers has visited Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria. SENT: 390 words.

Protesters scatter as police fire tear gas in Hong Kong, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Hong Kong protesters again flooded streets on Sunday, ignoring a police ban on the rally and setting up barricades amid tear gas and firebombs. (AP PhotoMark Schiefelbein)

TRUMP-MULVANEY _ He’s fighting for his job by publicly and effusively defending his boss, yet White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is struggling on both fronts. By Zeke Miller. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-STATE DEPARTMENT _ Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration’s unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. To the president and his allies, the diplomats are evidence of a “deep state” inside the government that’s been out to get him from the start. But to State Department employees, cooperating with the inquiry is seen as a moment of catharsis. By Diplomat Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 920 words, photos. With TRUMP-IMPEACHMENT-WHAT’S NEXT.

BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a frenzied week of activity in Parliament, and possibly in the courts, as he tries to woo rebellious lawmakers in time to meet the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Johnson has vowed to avoid needing yet another extension to that deadline, even though he has formally asked for a delay that is being considered by European Union leaders. By Gregory Katz and Mike Corder. SENT: 930 words, photos. With BREXIT-WHAT’S NEXT (sent).

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Port Moody, British Columbia, on Sunday Oct. 20, 2019. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)

CALIFORNIA-LEADING LEFT _ California Democrats are positioning the state as the nation's defense system against rollbacks of environmental and health care laws and the federal crackdown on illegal immigration. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump highlights the state's problems to argue his policies are more in line with average Americans’ views. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.



A woman signs on a voters record after voting at a polling station during general elections in La Paz outskirts, Bolivia, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Bolivians are voting in general elections Sunday where President Evo Morales is Presidential candidate for a fourth term. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)


PEOPLE-JENNIFER LAWRENCE _ Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence married art dealer Cooke Maroney this weekend at a Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. SENT: 120 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-LONGEST FLIGHT _ Qantas completes longest non-stop New York-Sydney flight. SENT: 330 words, photo.

Police detain a demonstrator in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Protests in the country have spilled over into a new day, even after President Sebastian Pinera cancelled the subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)

ITALY-WORLD WAR II BOMB _ Italian authorities have evacuated 4,000 people from the center of the northern city of Bolzano to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction. SENT: 200 words, photo.




TRUMP-DORAL _ Trump scraps plan to hold next year's Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral golf resort in Florida. "I think he knows," his top aide says, "people think it looks lousy." SENT: 780 words, photos.

TRUMP JR. _ Donald Trump Jr. is already playing a key role in his father reelection effort, especially in strongly Republican districts. He's often the warmup act for his father and revels in the loyalty of the president's supporters. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ Mark Esper seeks a firsthand assessment of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he makes his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration's pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 500 words, photos.




HONG KONG-PROTESTS _ Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. SENT: 770 words, photos, video.

SWITZERLAND-ELECTION _ Projections indicate that Greens have made significant gains in Swiss parliamentary election. SENT: 440 words, photos.

LEBANON _ Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters of all ages are gathering in major cities and towns nationwide. They're demanding an end to corruption and the rule of the country's political elite. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDONESIA-WIDODO INAUGURATION _ Indonesia's popular president, who rose from poverty and pledged to champion democracy, fight entrenched corruption and modernize the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, is sworn in for his second and final five-year term with a pledge to take bolder actions. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHILE-PROTESTS _ Protests in Chile have spilled over into a new day even after the president cancelled a subway fare hike that prompted massive and violent demonstrations. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

BOLIVIA-ELECTIONS _ South America's longest-serving leader is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in Bolivian elections, but polls suggest Evo Morales is in the tightest race of his career. The 59-year-old leftist is favored to win the first-round vote, but he's likely to be forced into a December runoff. SENT: 580 words, photos. UPCOMING: Polls close at 4 p.m.; early quick counts expected by 9 p.m. With BOLIVIA-ELECTIONS-HOLIDAY _ A forcible holiday, with no alcohol or movies: Bolivia imposes an unusually strict series of restrictions on voting-time activities. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BOTSWANA-ELECTION _ Botswana's ruling party faces the tightest election of its history on Wednesday after former President Ian Khama, annoyed with his hand-picked successor, announced his support for the opposition, shaking up one of Africa's most stable countries. SENT: 500 words, photos.

KASHMIR _ Pakistani and Indian soldiers have traded fire in disputed Kashmir, killing at least nine people on both sides. SENT: 440 words, photos. With PAKISTAN-KASHMIR _ Pakistanis hoist 3-mile-long Kashmir flag in solidarity march. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-COMMUNAL VIOLENCE _ Police say at least four killed after security officials in Bangladesh opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims during a protest over an alleged social media post undermining Islam's Prophet Muhammad. SENT: 240 words.




LONG DISTANCE MURDER TRIAL _ An exceedingly rare long-distance trial is underway: A man accused of strangling a young nursing student to death in upstate New York is being tried 2,200 miles away in Nicaragua. The country rejected an extradition request after the suspect fled the U.S. SENT: 960 words, photos.

SOLDIERS KILLED _ U.S. Army officials say three soldiers were killed and three others injured when the armored vehicle they were riding in was involved in an accident during training at Fort Stewart in Georgia. SENT: 120 words.

CHICAGO-SCHOOLS-STRIKE _ Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids. SENT: 870 words, photos.

CRANE DEMOLITION _ After two days of delays, New Orleans officials are hoping to use a series of controlled explosions to take down two cranes that have been leaning precariously over the remains of a partially collapsed hotel. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated; timing of demolition unclear.

YEMEN MONEY-JUDGE _ A group of Detroit-area men opened bank accounts to move millions of dollars to Yemen, their war-torn native country. The judge presiding over their case says they don't deserve prison. SENT: 690 words, photos.

RIGHT WHALE DEATHS _ A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. SENT: 470 words, photo.




FILM-BOX OFFICE _ 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims first place at box office, ending 'Joker's' reign. SENT: 640 words, photos.




WORLD SERIES _ Gerrit Cole is lined up to throw the first pitch of this year’s World Series, with both the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals relying heavily on their rotations. It’s been the Year of the Home Run in the majors, but these pitching-rich clubs figure to put the focus of this Fall Classic back on the mound. Game 1 is Tuesday night in Houston. By Baseball Writer Ben Walker. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 4 p.m.

WORLD SERIES-THE EXPORTS _ Tim Raines wore the tricolor cap of the Montreal Expos and built a Hall of Fame career with them. He’ll be cheering for his old team in the World Series, even though they’re now the Washington Nationals. But not everyone left behind north of the border feels the same way. SENT: 950 words, photos.




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