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Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo

CARTAGENA, Colombia/BEIRUT U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended his efforts to negotiate with Moscow over the war in Syria on Monday, despite the collapse of a ceasefire that has led to a massive Russian-backed assault on the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo.

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U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program

WASHINGTON The United States said on Monday it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a new step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program after its fifth nuclear test this month.

North Korea 9:23pm EDT

Colombia, Marxist rebels sign accord ending 52-year war

CARTAGENA, Colombia Colombia's center-right government and the Marxist FARC rebel group signed a peace deal on Monday to end a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and once took the Andean country to the brink of collapse. | Video

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Brazil police arrest ex-finance minister Palocci in graft probe

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a powerful former finance minister and presidential chief of staff in recent Workers Party (PT) governments, as a sweeping anti-corruption probe hit even harder at the left-leaning party.

Brazil 2:01pm EDT

Vietnamese court decisions against bloggers, activist troubling: U.S.

WASHINGTON Two decisions by Vietnamese courts sentencing a land rights activist to jail and upholding prison terms for two political bloggers are a concern for the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

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Mexico's PRI suspends controversial governor's party membership

MEXICO CITY Mexico's ruling Intuitional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, voted on Monday to suspend a controversial governor's party membership in a bid to root out widespread perceptions of corruption among its ranks.

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