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Russia says Syrian government controls 93 percent of Aleppo
News ImageThe Syrian government now controls 93 percent of Aleppo, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday. "People are leaving through humanitarian corridors in a continuous flow into the part of the city that is controlled by the Syrian government," Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, according to Interfax. "A large part of Aleppo - 93 percent - is today controlled by the Syrian government." Konashenkov added that after the removal of civilians was completed, Syrian government forces would continue to "liberate" eastern Aleppo.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:53:29 -0500
U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy
A member of Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carries his weapon as he walks past damaged buildings in a government held area of AleppoBy Warren Strobel, Yara Bayoumy and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus' main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria. The diplomatic persuasion campaign has taken on new importance in recent days as the Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militias, appears poised to retake all of Aleppo city in a major defeat for Western-backed rebels. Moscow and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are expected to cast Aleppo's fall as the end of a revolt against Assad that began in March 2011, although Western analysts predict the civil war, which has killed more than 300,000 people and made more than half of Syrians homeless, will continue, perhaps for years.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:22:16 -0500
Turkey seeks to arrest 55 people suspected of financing Gulen - NTV
Turkish President Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in AnkaraTurkish authorities issued arrest warrants for 55 people, including businessmen, suspected of giving financial support to the network of the U.S.-based cleric Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed military coup in July, broadcaster NTV said. The businessmen suspected of being linked to the cleric's network allegedly carried large sums of cash, which they have called a "favor", back and forth between Turkey, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kazakhstan since 2014, NTV said. Ankara accuses the cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the July 15 coup bid, in which rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, fighter jets and helicopters to attack the parliament and attempt to overthrow the government.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:35:24 -0500
Death toll rises as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria
Smoke rises after a cargo train derailed and exploded in the village of Hitrino"There will be more casualties for sure," outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said after arriving to the village, some 280 km northeast of capital Sofia and home to around 800 people. Seven of the train's tanks, carrying propane-butane and propylene, derailed at the station of the village, hit electricity line and exploded in flames on Saturday, National Railway Infrastructure Company's general director Mincho Lambrev said. There are many people injured ... many with burns," Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Georgi Kostov said.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:37:34 -0500
Gambia President's rejection of poll results "null and void"- African Union
News ImageDAKAR (Reuters) - The African Union on Saturday called a statement by Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh rejecting his loss in December 1 polls "null and void" since he had already conceded defeat. "The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power," said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who also called on Gambia's security forces to remain neutral. (Reporting by Emma Farge, editing by Louise Heavens)
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:29:42 -0500
Car bomb kills 2 policemen at checkpoint near Somali capital
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least two policemen when it exploded at a checkpoint near the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and militants fighting to topple the government said. "A blast took place at the Siinkadheer checkpoint," Police Major Nur Farah told Reuters. The militant group al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam, said its fighters carried out the attack. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:40:55 -0500
Russia's lab wizard created drug cocktails but caught cheats
News ImageMOSCOW (AP) Even as he worked to cover up doping by Russian athletes, Grigory Rodchenkov was developing technology which would help to catch them years later.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:39:13 -0500
Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo's opposition
News ImagePARIS (AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:38:20 -0500
Frenchman Pinturault fastest in 1st leg of WCup giant slalom
News ImageVAL D'ISERE, France (AP) Frenchman Alexis Pinturault dominated the icy Face de Bellevarde course Saturday to post the fastest time in the first leg of World Cup giant slalom.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:32:01 -0500
5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment
News ImageSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Five people were killed in northeastern Bulgaria following a gas explosion on a derailed tanker train early Saturday, national radio reported. Officials said at least 23 people were injured, many with severe burns.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:31:37 -0500
Russia says thousands fleeing Aleppo as Assad nears victory
BEIRUT (AP) Russia says nearly 18,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours in a "constant stream" as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:22:53 -0500
Tibetan self-immolates in China: rights group
News ImageA man has self-immolated in protest against China's presence in Tibet while calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, a rights group said Saturday, the first Tibetan to set themselves on fire since March. Horrific video footage online showed the man, aged in his thirties and named by The International Campaign for Tibet as Tashi Rabten, walking down the road in northwest China's Maqu region with his entire body engulfed in flames while a passerby recited prayers. According to the Tibetan government in exile based in India, Rabten is the 145th Tibetan to self-immolate since 2009.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:18:41 -0500
Top Asian News 10:17 a.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun. Twelve years later, the mood couldn't have been more different, with massive crowds returning to Seoul's streets on Saturday, a day after lawmakers voted in favor of removing disgraced President Park Geun-hye. The vote for impeachment left protesters basking in pride, believing that they had repaired a damaged democracy with their weekly demonstrations. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:17:22 -0500
After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment
News ImageSEOUL, South Korea (AP) The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:17:04 -0500
OPEC, Russia see smooth road to global deal on output cut
News ImageRussia and Saudi Arabia said they expect OPEC and non-OPEC producers to reach an agreement on Saturday to curtail oil output and prop up prices in the first such joint move since 2001. Everything is good!" Khalid al-Falih, energy minister of OPEC's de facto leader and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, told reporters. Oil prices have more than halved in the past two years after Saudi Arabia raised output steeply in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as U.S. shale firms out of the market.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:13:54 -0500
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