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Syrian army, rebels wage fierce battles north of Aleppo city

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and rebels waged fierce battles north of Aleppo on Friday, sources on both sides said, a week into a Russian-backed offensive by the Syrian army to take the entire city. 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 »


Palestinian president, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands and exchanged brief words at the funeral on Friday of Shimon Peres, the former Israeli leader who won international acclaim for peacemaking with the Palestinians. More »


India evacuates border villages after raid on militants in Pakistan

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India has evacuated more than 10,000 villagers living near the border with Pakistan, amid concerns that there could be a military escalation after its special forces launched a cross-border operation against suspected militants. More »


Three Chinese fishermen killed in confrontation with South Korea coastguard

SEOUL (Reuters) - Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in, a South Korean official said. 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 »


Exclusive: Xi set to consolidate power in China by curbing Communist Youth League

BEIJING (Reuters) - A year before a Communist Party conclave that could decide who will eventually replace him as China’s next leader, President Xi Jinping is maneuvering to reduce the power of a rival political bloc while seeking to get members of his own faction onto the country’s top ruling body, according to three sources with ties to the leadership. More »


China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities. More »


Indonesians line up to beat deadline for tax amnesty's best terms

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesians queued for hours on Friday to get the most attractive terms on offer under a tax amnesty that's recovered strongly after a slow start and which the finance minister calls the most successful a country has had. More »


Turkish police raid prisons and courthouses in post-coup investigation

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police raided the country's biggest prison and courthouse on Friday after arrest warrants were issued for 162 personnel and prison guards as part of nationwide investigations over a failed coup in July, broadcaster CNN Turk reported. More »


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