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U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

GENEVA/DAMASCUS/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a new exodus of refugees fleeing a Russian-backed assault. | Video

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Iraq's troubled finances slow efforts to rebuild Ramadi

BAGHDAD Strain on Iraq's budget from falling oil prices is delaying the removal of Islamic State explosives in Ramadi and the restoration of basic services needed for displaced civilians to return to the western city.

Iraq, United Nations 5:36pm EST

White House: disputes over South China Sea must not involve 'bullying'

WASHINGTON The White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would deliver a tough message to China during a summit with Southeast Asian countries next week that disputes over the South China Sea must be resolved through global rules and not through "bullying."

6:41pm EST

U.S. looks to shore up allies' support to battle Islamic State

BRUSSELS The United States said on Tuesday it hoped allies demonstrate a willingness to ramp up their contributions to the fight against Islamic State and to deterring Russia in eastern Europe during high-level defense talks in Brussels this week.

Russia 5:07pm EST

Forensic team finds remains in Mexico dump, but no sign of 43 students

MEXICO CITY Argentine forensics experts said on Tuesday they had found the remains of 19 people in a dump in southwestern Mexico where the government claimed 43 missing students were incinerated in 2014, but no sign of the students.

Mexico 7:15pm EST

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over comments on Kurdish PYD in Syria

ANKARA Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador to express its displeasure on Tuesday after a State Department spokesman said Washington did not regard Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terrorist organisation, a Turkish foreign ministry official said.

Turkey, Syria 3:52pm EST

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