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Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies

BEIRUT Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse. | Video

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Duterte declares upcoming Philippines-U.S. war games 'the last one'

HANOI Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plunged one of the United States' most important Asian alliances deeper into uncertainty on Wednesday by declaring upcoming U.S.-Philippines military exercises "the last," and ruling out any joint navy patrols.

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The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot'

HYDERABAD, India Centuries ago, Indian princes would bathe in the cool Kazhipally lake in Medak. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India's baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it.

Health, United Nations 7:22pm EDT

Taliban leaders watched U.S. presidential debate, blast 'non-serious' Trump

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban leaders followed the U.S. presidential debate closely but heard nothing on Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Wednesday, adding that they were not impressed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, whom they considered "non-serious".

Afghanistan 10:38am EDT

Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fueled by violence and 'juju' magic

CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for loved ones back home.

Africa 7:46pm EDT

German ministry says mother, baby escape from Syria to Turkey

BERLIN A German woman who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria last year and gave birth while in captivity escaped with her baby to Turkey on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said.

Turkey, Syria 6:33pm EDT

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