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Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

Pence after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference Turkey will "pause" its operation in Syria "in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours." Turkey's offensive, Operation Peace Spring, will be "halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal," Pence also said.

This announcement comes after Trump pulled back troops from northern Syria last week, clearing the way for Turkey's military to enter Kurdish-held zones in a decision that drew bipartisan criticism. A senior Turkish official told CNN after the announcement, "we got exactly what we wanted." Kurds worked with the U.S. in northern Syria to fight the Islamic State; Turkey considers Kurds terrorists. Kurdish troops will now have a brief period to vacate the area, where dozens of Kurds have died in recent days upon Turkey's incursion.

As part of the agreement, the United States won't impose additional sanctions on Turkey, Pence said, with Trump planning to withdraw the Turkish sanctions put into effect this week once the ceasefire is permanent.

Trump tweeted after Pence's announcement that "this deal could NEVER have been made 3 days ago" and "there needed to be some 'tough' love in order to get it done." He added, "This is a great day for civilization." Brendan Morrow

October 15, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that he will not comply with a House impeachment inquiry subpoena for documents related to his possible involvement in President Trump's attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Pence's decision was described by White House reporters as "not shocking." Matthew E. Morgan, the counsel to the vice president and author of the letter announcing Pence's intentions, additionally slammed the House over its request for "a wide-ranging scope of documents, some of which are clearly not vice-presidential records."

Morgan addressed the letter to the chairs of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Intelligence Committee; the investigators had requested Pence produce the documents by Tuesday.

"Please know that if the committees wish to return to the regular order of legitimate legislative oversight requests, and the committees have appropriate requests for information solely in the custody of the Office of the Vice President, we are prepared to work with you in a manner consistent with well-established bipartisan constitutional protections and a respect for the separation of powers," wrote Morgan, additionally noting "never before in history has the speaker of the House attempted to launch an 'impeachment inquiry' against a president without a majority of the House of Representatives voting to authorize a constitutionally acceptable process."

Read the full letter below. Jeva Lange

October 14, 2019

A Fort Worth police officer who killed a black woman with her 8-year-old nephew in the room resigned Monday and could see criminal charges.

The officer, who Police Chief Ed Kraus identified as Aaron Dean, shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through a window at her house around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Kraus said in a Monday press conference that he was going to fire Dean, but that the ex-officer had resigned before he could do so. Dean is now facing a criminal investigation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Neighbors of Jefferson's called for a welfare check at her home on Saturday morning because the home's doors were open and its lights had been on for hours, per The Dallas Morning News. The officers who responded didn't know it was a non-emergency call, Kraus said. When they arrived, Dean did not announce himself as a police officer, but shouted at Jefferson to put up her hands and then quickly shot her through a bedroom window, a body-cam video of the situation shows. Dean was set to be interviewed regarding the shooting Monday, but "resigned before his opportunity to be cooperative," reflecting a "dishonorable discharge," Kraus said Monday.

The news has sparked an ongoing stream of protests and rallies demanding justice for the Jeffersons. "Why this man is not in handcuffs right now is a source of continued agitation for this family and for this community, and it must be addressed," S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the family, told The New York Times. Kathryn Krawczyk

October 9, 2019

At least two people are dead after a gunman reportedly opened fire near a synagogue in eastern Germany.

Police in the German city of Halle said Wednesday that "several shots were fired" and "the suspected perpetrators fled in a vehicle," The New York Times reports.

One suspect is now in custody, and several injuries have been reported, CNN reports. One person was killed on the street near the synagogue, while another was killed in a kebab restaurant, The Wall Street Journal reports. A German newspaper reports a suspect threw a grenade into the synagogue’s cemetery, The Washington Post reports, but police have not confirmed that explosives were used.

A witness told CNN they saw a man wearing army clothing and a steel helmet with what seemed to be a machine gun, with video apparently of the gunman being posted on social media. Additional information about the shooting and the detained suspect is not yet available, but Halle police say the are currently "investigating" and "stabilizing the situation."

Police haven't provided information about the target of the attack, The Associated Press notes, but it comes on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. Last year, anti-Semitic crime rose nearly 20 percent in Germany, Reuters reports. Germany's federal prosecutor is investigating the shooting, the Times reports, writing this is "a step indicating that the authorities were treating the attack as politically motivated." Brendan Morrow

October 3, 2019

At least four police officers have been killed in a knife attack at Paris Police Headquarters.

The assailant, who was shot and killed, is a man who had worked for more than 20 years as an administrative employee at the police headquarters, The New York Times reports. The stabbing, which took place at about 1:00 p.m. local time, also left one person injured, NBC News reports.

The Washington Post notes this attack comes just a day after officers in Paris protested violence they face on the job and raised attention to a rise in police suicides.

Île de la Cité, the island where the police headquarters and the Notre Dame Cathedral are located, was placed on lockdown following the attack, CNN reports. Additional information, including the motive of the assailant, is not yet known.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted Thursday that Paris is "mourning her own this afternoon after this appalling attack," per the Post, also saying that "in my name and that of Parisians, my first thoughts go to the families of the victims and their relatives." Brendan Morrow

October 2, 2019

The campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the 78-year-old Democratic presidential candidate experienced chest discomfort during an event Tuesday, and medical tests revealed "blockage in one artery." Sanders subsequently had two stents inserted.

The statement said the senator is "conversing and in good spirits," but that his events and appearances will be canceled "until further notice."

The campaign is also canceling an Iowa television advertisement, The New York Times reports.

While speculations about how this could affect Sanders' campaign and the Democratic primary as a whole are sure to roll in, the priority right now is Sanders' health, and his fellow candidates are already wishing him the best. Tim O'Donnell

Update 11:40 am ET: The Sanders campaign has reportedly clarified they are postponing, not canceling the Iowa ad, HuffPost reports.

October 1, 2019

Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor in his apartment, has been found guilty of murder.

The guilty verdict came Tuesday after a week-long trial, and Guyger now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, NBC News reports.

Guyger, who is white, was arrested in September 2018 after fatally shooting Botham Jean, who is black, in his apartment, which is located one floor above hers. She was off duty at the time and coming home from a 13-hour shift. She testified during the trial that she mistakenly entered the apartment believing it was hers and shot Jean, who was unarmed, because she was "scared" and thought he was an intruder. The shooting sparked protests and after an internal investigation led to Guyger's firing from the Dallas Police Department.

The jury, which CNN reports deliberated for less than 24 hours, also had the option of finding Guyger guilty of manslaughter. Brendan Morrow

September 26, 2019

New information about the whistleblower who filed a complaint alleging abuses of power by President Trump has been revealed by The New York Times.

The anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked an official impeachment probe in the House of Representatives is a CIA officer who was once detailed to work at the White House, the Times reports.

The Times writes that while "little else" is known about the whistleblower, the complaint "suggested he was an analyst by training," and his "expertise will likely add to lawmakers' confidence about the merits of his complaint."

Released publicly Thursday, the declassified complaint alleges Trump pushed for Ukraine's president to interfere in the 2020 presidential election by investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and that the White House then moved to restrict access to the transcript of that call.

The whistleblower's lead counsel slammed the Times for reporting information that might help identify the whistleblower, calling it "deeply concerning and reckless." Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, defended the decision in the report, saying the whistleblower's "credibility and his place in the government" is "essential to understanding one of the most important issues facing the country." Read the full report at The New York Times. Brendan Morrow

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