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Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy 'on life support'

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was "on life support" but not dead yet. | Video

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Pakistan 'completely rejects' Indian claim of cross-border strikes

ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India Pakistan on Friday "completely rejected" India's claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military escalation.

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Five soldiers killed, 10 wounded in ambush in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY An armed attack on a military convoy in Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa left five soldiers dead and at least 10 wounded, the local prosecutor's office said on Friday.

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Peres funeral, attended by Obama, briefly brings Israeli, Palestinian leaders together

JERUSALEM Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the "unfinished business of peace" at the funeral Friday of Shimon Peres, the last of a generation of Israel's founding fathers. | Video

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Russia to summon Dutch ambassador over MH17 investigation

MOSCOW The Russian Foreign Ministry will summon the Dutch ambassador in Moscow on Oct. 3 to explain Russia's reasons for not accepting the findings of an investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the ministry said on Friday.

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U.S. urges Iran to free activist serving lengthy prison term

WASHINGTON The United States said on Friday it was "deeply troubled" that Iranian courts had upheld a 16-year prison term against journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, and it urged Tehran to release her on humanitarian grounds.

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