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Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

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Verizon enlists AOL CEO to explore Yahoo deal: Bloomberg

Verizon Communications Inc has given Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in exploring a possible bid for Yahoo Inc's assets, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the situation.

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U.S. stepping up push for ceasefire, aid in Syria: officials

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will push to secure an immediate Syrian ceasefire and aid for civilians ahead of a crucial meeting in Munich this week as he seeks to keep a fragile peace process alive, U.S. officials said.

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Trump versus Jeb in New Hampshire on day before crucial primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. White House hopefuls Donald Trump and Jeb Bush opened political hostilities on Monday as Republican and Democratic candidates stormed across New Hampshire in a final flurry of events before the state's crucial first-in-the-nation primary. | Video

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Myanmar presidential vote to start on March 17 as transition talks drag on

NAYPYITAW/YANGON Myanmar's parliament will begin its election of the new president on March 17, cutting very close to an April 1 deadline, suggesting talks between Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious party and the military are likely to take longer than planned.

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In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger

LILONGWE As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head.

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Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

WASHINGTON/LONDON President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus.