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Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war. | Video

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U.S. defense chief visits Afghanistan amid questions over Trump's foreign policy

BAGRAM, Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday, amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban-led insurgency.

Afghanistan 1:03am EST

Bolivian airline CEO to be jailed until soccer crash trial over

LA PAZ The head of the Bolivian company whose plane crashed in Colombia last month, killing dozens of Brazilian soccer players, will be held on manslaughter and other charges until the investigation is complete, authorities said on Thursday.

Brazil Dec 08 2016

Russia says continues investigation in case of ex-minister Ulyukayev

MOSCOW The Russian Investigative Committee is continuing "active investigative activity" into the case of ex-economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev, the committee said on Friday.

1:24am EST

China's Xi calls for universities' allegiance to the Communist Party

BEIJING China's President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the ruling Communist Party from the country's colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten its hold on education.

China 12:00am EST

Ghana opposition leader set to win presidential election: private radio

ACCRA Ghana's main opposition leader is heading to victory in a presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, private Joy FM and Citi FM radio stations said on Friday.

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