Fridays top story: civilian death toll rising as Kurds flee Turkish onslaught. Plus, Americas failed aid promise to Haiti
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US warns of red lines but Erdoan is more wary of Russia
The US has warned Ankara it faces sanctions should it cross certain red lines in north-east Syria, as the civilian death toll rose on the second day of the Turkish invasion. But Turkeys president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, may be more concerned about the response from Russia and Iran, who also have forces on the ground. Inside Syria, Martin Chulov finds Kurds bitter at the betrayal by the US, while Bethan McKernan reports from the Turkish side of the border where a fierce Kurdish counter-attack has prompted an exodus.
Evengelical vote. Donald Trumps abrupt abandonment of Americas Kurdish allies in Syria might cost him the support of some evangelical Christians, writes Tom McCarthy, as it leaves vulnerable Christian communities in danger.
Giuliani associates charged as Trump ramps up Biden attacks
Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who were under scrutiny amid the congressional impeachment inquiry have been arrested and charged with election finance violations as they tried to leave the US. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, both Soviet-born Americans who have been photographed with the president, are accused of channeling donations to a pro-Trump PAC from an unidentified foreign national, so as to advance their own personal financial interests and the political interests of Ukrainian government officials.
Lies and insults. At a rally in Minnesota on Thursday, Trump whipped up supporters with conspiracy theories, blatant falsehoods and profane insults directed at Joe Biden and his other political opponents, in a further preview of what could be an unprecedentedly dirty 2020 election battle.
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