CLEVELAND (AP) — A North Carolina police department has rescinded its offer to send 50 police officers to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland citing concerns about insurance coverage and the city's level of preparedness.
The United States is "two-faced" for refusing to call the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia terrorists, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, reflecting Ankara's growing irritation at Washington's backing of the group. Photos had emerged purportedly showing U.S. Special Forces wearing YPG emblems on their shoulders, something Cavusoglu said was "unacceptable." A spokesman for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State said the use of the patches was unauthorized and inappropriate, and the soldiers had been asked to remove them. NATO member Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has fought a three-decade insurgency for autonomy in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast.