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Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

MOSCOW U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV.

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Exclusive: Syrian rebels tell U.S. they won't leave Aleppo

BEIRUT Syrian rebel groups have told the United States they will not leave Aleppo after Moscow called for talks with Washington over a full withdrawal of rebel fighters from the city's besieged eastern districts, a rebel official said on Sunday.

World, Russia, Turkey, Syria 4:44am EST

Fidel Castro burial ceremony under way in Cuba

SANTIAGO, Cuba The family of Fidel Castro began a ceremony on Sunday to inter the revolutionary leader's ashes in the eastern city of Santiago, state media reported, while 600 miles (1,000 km) away in the capital of Havana a 21-gun salute echoed through the city. | Video

World, Cuba 7:39am EST

U.S. Navy aims to buy more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets: source

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. Navy plans to divest its older model Boeing Co F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in coming years and hopes to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with a shortfall of strike fighters aboard its carriers, a Navy official said.

Trump attends 'Villains and Heroes' costume party dressed as...himself

NEW YORK U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attended a "Villains and Heroes" costume party at a major donor's Long Island home on Saturday night, but declined to don any garb that was in keeping with the theme.

Politics, Election 2016 1:07am EST

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

OSLO U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said.

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Fleeing Aleppo fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices

BEIRUT As Syrian government forces advanced into Aleppo's rebel-held al-Sakhour district, Hasan al-Ali said he faced the choice of staying put and being caught by the army, or fleeing into a shrinking rebel enclave under relentless bombardment.