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  • Syrian rebels lose more ground in Aleppo: monitor
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    Syrian rebels lose more ground in Aleppo: monitor

    Syrian government forces have captured 60 percent of the area previously held by rebels in eastern Aleppo after gaining new ground on the city's eastern edge, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. At least seven plumes of smoke were seen rising from rebel-held areas of the city

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    Indonesian police plane with 15 on board goes missing

    By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) - A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police and rescue authorities said, as search teams scoured the area. The plane, which took off from Pangkal Pinang

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    Chinese mine disasters kill at least 38

    At least 38 people have died in two separate coal mine disasters in China in the last five days, state media said, the latest accidents in a country with a poor record of industrial safety. In the first incident, authorities confirmed on Friday night that 21 people died after a coal mine blast in the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Readers write: Bad precedent, a 108-year celebration, scientific agreement

    Regarding the Oct. 28 article “In ‘stunning victory’ for defense, jury acquits Oregon’s Malheur occupiers” (CSMonitor.com): Acquitting the Oregon standoff defendants not only opens the door to others taking up arms against the government, but it also signifies a win for the National Rifle Association

  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Korea: fresh approach needed, International justice under attack, Turkey’s departure from democracy, Britain’s challenge, Iran’s tumultuous relationship with the US

    “Pyongyang has withstood the latest round of international sanctions, a spate of defections by North Korean elites, and deepening international diplomatic isolation...,” write Jana Hajzlerova and Michael Raska.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How an Aleppo clown's mourners see the loss of a potent symbol

    Anas al-Basha, a Syrian man who worked as a clown and counselor at a network of social services centers in rebel-held Aleppo, was killed earlier this week by a missile strike on the besieged neighborhood of Mashhad. "All what [sic] Anas wanted is to bring happiness to the children of Aleppo,"

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Creating a college behind bars

    Up a lonely road lined with signs warning drivers not to pick up hitchhikers, on a hilltop surrounded by forest, the Clallam Bay Corrections Center at the northwest tip of Washington State feels like the ends of the earth. “We want to build a university in prison,” says Mr. Carter, a soft-spoken man

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

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    Top Asian News 11:36 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. It is perhaps unprecedented for a U.S. president

  • Associated Press

    Germany sees slight drop in crimes against refugee homes

    BERLIN (AP) — Federal German police say crimes committed against asylum-seeker homes are so far down slightly in 2016, with 877 reported incidents over the first 11 months of the year.

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    Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a coal mine explosion in a northern region has trapped 36 people, killing 17 of them.

  • Reuters

    U.N. envoy hopes for 'formula' to avoid 'terrible battle' in Aleppo

    The U.N. envoy for Syria said on Saturday he hoped "some type of formula" could be found to avoid a "terrible battle" in Aleppo, where government forces and their allies are gaining ground in an attack aimed at taking back the whole city from rebels. Staffan de Mistura, speaking

  • Kjetil Jansrud wins first World Cup downhill of season
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    Kjetil Jansrud wins first World Cup downhill of season

    VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the season's first World Cup downhill on Saturday, a day after his victory in super-G.

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    France pledges $30 million toward cultural protection fund

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France is committing $30 million toward a new fund set up to protect cultural heritage sites during times of armed conflict.

  • China's Xi says military must be smaller, but more capable
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    China's Xi says military must be smaller, but more capable

    China's armed forces must be smaller but more capable, and if reforms are not properly carried out the military risks falling behind, affecting its ability to wage war, Chinese state media on Saturday cited President Xi Jinping as saying. The cuts come at a time of heightened economic uncertainty

  • Russia's Lavrov says difficult to solve peace treaty issue with Japan
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    Russia's Lavrov says difficult to solve peace treaty issue with Japan

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday it would be difficult to close the gap in positions over a peace treaty and territorial dispute with Japan, two weeks before President Vladimir Putin visits. A territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow over a chain of western Pacific islands

  • Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China
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    Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China

    BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia.

  • Syria army retakes over half of rebel east Aleppo
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    Syria army retakes over half of rebel east Aleppo

    Syria's army advanced overnight deeper into east Aleppo where it now controls more than half of the former rebel stronghold after a fierce assault that has sparked an international outcry. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled eastern neighbourhoods of the battered city since President Bashar

  • Clean-up calls open IAAF congress voting on broad reforms
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    Clean-up calls open IAAF congress voting on broad reforms

    MONACO (AP) — Calls for clean sport and deep change marked the opening on Saturday of a special athletics congress that is voting on broad reforms in hope of turning the corner on reputation-wrecking corruption and doping scandals.

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    Thai activist arrested for Facebook share about new king

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand arrested a student pro-democracy activist Saturday for sharing a story about the country's new king that was posted on Facebook by the Thai-language service of the BBC.

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    13 feared dead after Indonesian police plane loses contact

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thirteen people are feared dead after an Indonesian police plane lost contact during a flight Saturday to the island of Batam near Singapore.

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    Stowaway migrants found crushed under trucks in Austria

    Two migrants who had apparently hidden on a train bringing trucks from Italy to Austria were found dead early on Saturday, either of cold or because they were crushed when the vehicles were unloaded, the police said. Having been swept up in Europe's migration crisis last year, Austria led a coordinated

  • Indonesia police release treason suspects, continue probe
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    Indonesia police release treason suspects, continue probe

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said they released eight people Saturday who were arrested a day earlier for suspected treason and other crimes. They said they were continuing to investigate the eight, who include prominent citizens, and that three others who were arrested were still being

  • Reuters

    Important to solve dispute over Russian islands: Japan's foreign minister

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday it was important to solve the issue over disputed Russian islands and to continue talks with Moscow. The chain of western Pacific islands, seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two, has precluded a formal peace treaty

  • Associated Press

    2 migrants die aboard train in attempt to get into Austria

    BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say two refugees died and a third suffered serious injuries when they were run over by trucks being unloaded from a freight train where they had stowed away.