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Syrian army, rebels wage fierce battles in Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and rebels fought battles in the center of Aleppo and north of the city on Friday, a week into a Russian-backed offensive by the Syrian army to take the entire area, a war monitor and sources on both sides said. Learn More


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Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would "be happy" to exterminate three million drug users and peddlers in the country. More »


Peres funeral, attended by Obama, briefly brings Israeli, Palestinian leaders together

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the "unfinished business of peace" at the funeral Friday of Shimon Peres, the last of a generation of Israel's founding fathers. More »


Pakistan 'completely rejects' Indian claim of cross-border strikes

ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Pakistan on Friday "completely rejected" India's claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military escalation. More »


U.S. drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations says

KABUL (Reuters) - At least 15 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in a U.S. unmanned aircraft strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said, calling for an independent investigation into the incident. More »


Duterte visit to China may lead to changing alliances in East Asia

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte travels to China next month on a visit that could redraw alliances in East Asia after his incendiary comments about the United States and active courting of Washington's chief rivals. More »


EU seeks to contain looming battle over top jobs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Just as it starts to grapple with the profound institutional upheaval that is Brexit, the European Union faces a potential game of musical chairs in top jobs which senior figures are trying to contain. More »


Fore! South Korea golf course may get anti-missile battery

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military aims to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense unit on a golf course, a defense ministry official said on Friday, after it had to scrap its initial site for the battery in the face of opposition from residents. More »


Enter stage left: the woman who could break Spain's political deadlock

MADRID (Reuters) - A new actor is waiting in the wings of Spain's nine-month-old political drama, with the potential to bring it to a badly needed conclusion and break up its male-dominated cast. More »


Indonesian slum dwellers challenge eviction law in landmark case

JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital. More »


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