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Warplanes pound Syria's Aleppo, U.N. security council to meet

AMMAN Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of the city in a Russian-backed offensive that appears to have buried any hope for diplomacy.

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Kerry's ceaseless diplomacy faces sternest test on Syria

After last week's bombing of a U.N. aid convoy in Syria dealt a death blow to a ceasefire deal in which he had invested all his diplomatic capital with Russia, the U.S. Secretary of State tossed aside a page of notes and looked at Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov across the horseshoe-shaped table in the U.N. Security Council.

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.

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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.

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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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Blast rocks Hungary's capital, two injured

BUDAPEST An explosion rocked central Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two police officers, Hungarian police said on Sunday. | Video

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