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Fire at California loft party kills at least 9, two dozen missing

OAKLAND, Calif. A fire during a party in a warehouse that housed artists' studios in Oakland, California killed at least nine people and left some 25 missing, and authorities said on Saturday they were preparing for a jump in the death toll. | Video

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Iran says extension of sanctions act shows U.S. unreliable

DUBAI A U.S. Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years shows the world that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

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Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

WASHINGTON Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.

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Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer plane-crash victims

CHAPECO, Brazil Brazil's president on Saturday bestowed honors on the victims of an air crash as Air Force troops unloaded 50 coffins flown in overnight from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a soccer team. | Video

Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege

BAGHDAD No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday.

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Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. | Video

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Castro's last goal? A soccer field for neighborhood kids

HAVANA Fidel Castro is remembered around the world as a charismatic revolutionary or a ruthless tyrant, but in his neighborhood he was also a friendly old man who used his influence to build a soccer field for kids two weeks before his death. | Video