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Defense Secretary Mark Esper says hundreds of US forces withdrawing from northern Syria will relocate across the border in Iraq. He made the comments ahead of an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports it comes as Turkey prepares to talk with Russia about the removal of Kurdish militiamen Ankara reviews as terrorists.

Esper told reporters that the current game plan is to reposition some 1,000 American troops from northeastern Syria to western Iraq. He says those forces will have two missions to help defend Iraq and to continue efforts to counter ISIS fighters. Turkish foreign minister, meanwhile, says Turkish and Russian officials will discuss the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG fighters away from the Turkish border when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Sochi next week. He adds Turkey doesn't want to see a single YPG fighter left in the area. Ankara wants to turn it into what it calls a safe zone. Peter Kenyon, NPR News, Istanbul.

In Lebanon, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets across the country in the largest protest yet. Lebanon's prime minister has ordered the government to come up with solutions for the country's dire economic problems by Monday. Rebecca Collard reports it's the fourth straight day of protests.

Speakers blare patriotic tones and people chant against the government in the center of Beirut. Fireworks burst into the sky above. The atmosphere is festive but defiant. Lebanese leaders are promising reforms but protesters like Michael / say that's not good enough. "We are not waiting for them. The only decision we want from them is to get the hell out of their seats, and we will decide our own fates." These are the largest demonstrations in Lebanon in more than a decade. And despite the government's promises, the crowds keep growing. For NPR News, I am Rebecca Collard in Beirut.

While TrumpTrump administration says it is resuming some foreign aid to the governments of Central America, Guatemala's president-elect says he needs to know more about the asylum agreement that was signed between the US and his country. Maria Martin has more.

Alejandro Giammattei says he still hasn't seen a copy of the full asylum cooperation agreements signed in Washington last July. He also says current President Jimmy Morales excluded him from negotiation sessions with the US. US Secretary of State Pompeo cited the signing of the asylum agreements as one example of progress by central America in curbing migration and therefore resuming some foreign aid to the region.

Maria Martin reporting.

The brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has died. Thomas D'Alesandro III was a former Baltimore mayor, a position his father also held. The younger D"Alesandro didn't seek reelection and went into private law practice. Pelosi says she and her family are devastated by the news. D'Alesandro died from complications of a stroke. He was 90.

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In Hong Kong, streets turned chaotic as protesters defied a ban on demonstrating. The pro-democracy activists set roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and water cannons. Ana Maria Evans reports several people were hurt.

The convenor of the group behind the demonstrations, the Civil Human Rights Funds, was attacked by a gang with hammers and left with head injuries last week. Police turned down a request for today's demonstration in Kawloon. But thousands marched anyway in a protest that turned ugly hours later. Protesters threw multiple firebombs around a police station in Kawloon. Police then used water cannon with blue dye to mark demonstrators. The marches spread across different areas of Kawloon. And in one, Tai Kok Tsui, police used bomb disposal robot to detonate what appeared to be a cardboard box with wires, though was unclear whether it contained explosives. Hong Kong's unrest has now entered a fifth month. For NPR News, I am Ana Maria Evans in Hong Kong.

A second World War II-era Japanese aircraft carrier has been located. The ship went down in the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii during the historic Battle of Midway that left more than 2,000 Japanese and 300 Americans dead. Deep-Sea researchers say that sonar data shows what could be one of two Japanese carriers that went down, the Akagi or the Soryu resting deep in the ocean.

Crude oil futures are trading lower, down about 0.3% at $53.61 a barrel.

I am Jeanine Herbst, NPR News.
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