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Russia Seeks Full Rebel Pullout from Aleppo

By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW, Dec 3  – Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. An

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India’s Modi Defends Clampdown on Cash Economy

NEW DELHI, Dec 3 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday defended his crackdown on the cash economy that has left businesses, farmers and families suffering, saying it was necessary to keep inflation in check and ensure basic amenities for all. Modi’s decision last month to scrap 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee banknotes as

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France, UAE Launch Fund to Protect Monuments in Conflict Areas

DOHA, Dec 3 – France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Daesh militants in Iraq. The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois Hollande and Abu

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U.N. States Seeking Resolution to Demand End to Fighting in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 – The United Nations General Assembly began talks on Friday on a draft resolution that would demand an end to fighting in Syria amid frustration by some states and rights groups over U.N. Security Council deadlock on the nearly six-year conflict. More than a third of the 193-member

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Women Bombers Emerge From Daesh Redoubt to Attack Libyan Forces

SIRTE, Libya, Dec 2 – Several women blew themselves up on Friday in suicide attacks that killed four Libyan soldiers who had granted them safe passage to leave buildings under the control of Daesh militants, a spokesman for government forces said. The Libyan forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, are close to taking full control

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Obama, Trying to Protect Legacy, Unlikely to Act on Mideast Peace

By Arshad Mohammed and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Dec 2 – U.S. President Barack Obama, keen to preserve his legacy on domestic health care and the Iran nuclear deal, is not expected to make major moves on Israeli-Palestinian peace before leaving office, U.S. officials said on Thursday. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said

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United Nations says Mosul’s Poor Struggling to Get Food

BAGHDAD, Nov 29 – The United Nations said on Tuesday there were indications that poorer families in Mosul are struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Daesh-held city in northern Iraq. “Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,”

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U.S. Proposes U.N. Arms Embargo on South Sudan, Sanctions

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 – The United States circulated on Thursday to the 15-member United Nations Security Council a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions amid warnings by a senior U.N. official of possible genocide. Political rivalry between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, an

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Germany Sees Surging Asylum Applications from Turkey

BERLIN, Nov 18 – The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year, and has been rising steadily since a failed military coup on July 15, a German newspaper group reported on Friday. Germany received 4,437 asylum applications from Turkish citizens between January and October, compared to 1,767 applications received in

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