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Syrian army edges toward Islamic State bastion, jets hit rebel towns

BEIRUT/MUNICH Syrian government forces were poised to advance into the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province and allied Russian jets kept up air strikes on rebel-held towns north of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

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U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role

LONDON Britain must renew its submarine-borne Trident nuclear weapons system if it is to maintain its "outsized" role in world affairs, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in comments published on Saturday.

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian who tried to stab soldier: army

JERUSALEM Israeli security forces shot dead on Saturday a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in the occupied West Bank, Israel's military said.

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Hungarians rally against Orban's education reforms

BUDAPEST Thousands of Hungarians protested on Saturday against education reforms implemented by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, which critics see as another attempt by the right-wing leader to boost his control over state institutions.

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Afghan appeal after ex-governor kidnapped in Pakistani capital

ISLAMABAD/KABUL Afghanistan's government on Saturday appealed to Pakistan to take action to find and free a former provincial governor who has been kidnapped in Islamabad.

Afghanistan 7:43am EST

Red Cross says delivers medical aid to Taiz in Yemen 'breakthrough'

GENEVA The Red Cross said on Saturday it had entered the war-torn Yemeni city of Taiz for the first time since August, delivering three tonnes of life-saving medical supplies to four hospitals treating the wounded.

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