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Warplanes pound Syria's Aleppo, U.N. Security Council meets

AMMAN Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, battled rebels for control of the city as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the escalating violence.

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China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month

BEIJING China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific.

China, Japan, World 7:32am EDT

Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez killed in boat crash

Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in professional baseball, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old. | Video

Sports, U.S. 1:25pm EDT

U.S. Supreme Court has reasons to duck transgender rights fight

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide within weeks whether to hear a major transgender rights case for the first time, a dispute involving which bathroom a Virginia high school student can use, but the justices have reasons to duck the issue.

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Raids kill nine in central Yemen - medical official, residents

SANAA Arab coalition air strikes killed nine people in Houthi-controlled Ibb city in central Yemen late on Saturday, a hospital manager and residents in the area told Reuters. | Video

World, Yemen 1:13pm EDT

Jordanian writer shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon

AMMAN A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, witnesses and state media said.

World, Jordan 1:12pm EDT