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The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...

Russia says Aleppo combat suspended, residents say no let-up
BEIRUT (AP) -- Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition's ever-shrinking enclave....

UN Syria envoy say time may be right for negotiations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's announcement that Syria was suspending combat operations in Aleppo may mean the time is right to restart negotiations for a peace deal, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday....

Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night....

A lethal mistake leads to a harrowing ambush in Iraq's Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- As Iraqi forces advanced toward the al-Salam hospital in Mosul earlier this week, encountering only light resistance from Islamic State fighters, commanders decided to seize the facility instead of sweeping the neighborhoods along the road leading to it....

Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory....

Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's political leaders say they have agreed to hold presidential polls on Dec. 28 after three delays and amid allegations of bribery, fraud and voter intimidation....

Reports: Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolates in west China
BEIJING (AP) -- A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China in what appeared to be the latest such radical protest against Beijing's rule, a U.S. government-backed radio station and rights monitoring group said....

Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible....

AP PHOTOS: Hard times in Venezuela's coastal Sucre state
CUMANA, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans have a saying: "Caracas is Caracas, and the rest is jungle and snakes."...

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Somali political leaders OK presidential polls for Dec. 28

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The Latest: Turkey sends 300 more troops to Syria border