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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

  • 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

  • Christian Science Monitor

    'The Daily Show' attempts to pop the 'news bubble' with a conservative guest

    Wednesday evening on "The Daily Show" Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren achieved something that many Americans appear reluctant to do in the wake of the contentious 2016 presidential election – they talked to each other from opposing political viewpoints, civilly. Mr. Noah, a black South African

  • Christian Science Monitor

    With Mosul under siege, an unlikely chance to save ISIS-enslaved Yazidis?

    Ghazal Salim had spent more than two years in slavery under the so-called Islamic State when her chance for freedom finally came. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces prepared for the offensive on Mosul in mid-October, her captor, a Jordanian IS fighter, was also making plans for the battle. Along with Ms.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kashima Antlers beat Urawa Reds 2-1 for  8th J-League title
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    Kashima Antlers beat Urawa Reds 2-1 for 8th J-League title

    SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Kashima Antlers earned their eighth J-League title by beating Urawa Reds 2-1 in the second leg of the final on Saturday.

  • Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club
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    Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club

    CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club who died in a plane crash.

  • Fatah picks party officials amid talk of Abbas succession
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    Fatah picks party officials amid talk of Abbas succession

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party on Saturday held a vote for members of its ruling bodies that could give clues to a possible successor to the ageing leader. Fatah, the oldest Palestinian party, is holding its first congress in seven years at a time when Abbas is seeking to quell

  • AP PHOTOS: Upon retirement, a glance at Rosberg's life in F1
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    AP PHOTOS: Upon retirement, a glance at Rosberg's life in F1

    MILAN (AP) — Flashing a childish grin as he glances back at a photographer while sitting in a fan's picnic chair, moments after failing to complete a practice session.

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    France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants.

  • 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) — Norway dominated, Kjetil Jansrud won, Austria struggled.

  • Reuters

    Somali forces kill seven in clash with faction loyal to Islamic State

    By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Soldiers allied to the Western-backed Somali government said they killed seven insurgents from a faction loyal to the Islamic State group in a clash in northern Somalia on Saturday. The soldiers from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland are part of

  • Gambia's political transition begins after election shock
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    Gambia's political transition begins after election shock

    The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow was to hold talks with his coalition Saturday to plot his transition to power, following a shock election victory that ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. Barrow was to meet with the seven opposition party leaders and one independent who make up the

  • Associated Press

    Ex-German POW gives legacy to Scottish village

    LONDON (AP) — A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II.

  • Rooney, Shearer make pleas amid sex-abuse scandal
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    Rooney, Shearer make pleas amid sex-abuse scandal

    LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer, England captains present and past, have urged soccer players to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse amid the growing scandal in the British game.

  • Media silence across Italy on eve of crunch referendum
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    Media silence across Italy on eve of crunch referendum

    With campaigning over, media silence was imposed across Italy on Saturday on the eve of a constitutional referendum seen as crucial to the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In the frantic final round of campaigning which ended on Friday, Renzi's domestic rivals vowed to knock down referendum

  • Athletics overwhelmingly backs broad reforms
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    Athletics overwhelmingly backs broad reforms

    MONACO (AP) — Athletics leaders have overwhelmingly approved broad changes championed by the sport's president, Sebastian Coe, to turn a corner on reputation-wrecking corruption and doping scandals.

  • Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash
    AFP

    Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash

    Chapecó (Brazil) (AFP) - The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from a Brazilian football team tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia arrived home Saturday for a massive funeral. Fireworks lit up the sky over the stadium in Chapeco as two Brazilian Air Force planes touched down at the

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 1:34 p.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 on Saturday and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. It is perhaps unprecedented for a U.S

  • Reuters

    France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas

    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 Islamic State militants in Iraq. The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois

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    UK's opposition Labour party would table amendment to Brexit bill

    Britain's opposition Labour Party plans to table an amendment to a bill on triggering the UK's formal divorce talks with the European Union, said its leader, should a court ruling that parliament needs to be involved in the process be upheld. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Sky News on Saturday

  • Mass protest demands ouster, arrest of S. Korea president
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    Mass protest demands ouster, arrest of S. Korea president

    Hundreds of thousands of protestors marched in Seoul for the sixth-straight week Saturday to demand the ouster and arrest of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye ahead of an impeachment vote in parliament. The latest in a series of massive anti-Park demonstrations came just hours after opposition parties