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Syrian troops close in on Aleppo's Old City, poised for war's biggest victory

BEIRUT/GENEVA Syria's army and allies closed in on areas near Aleppo's Old City on Tuesday, looking closer than ever to achieving their most important victory of the five-year civil war by driving rebels out of their last urban stronghold.

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U.N. nuclear watchdog confirms Iran shipped sensitive material abroad: diplomat

VIENNA Iran has shipped 11 tonnes of heavy water abroad to bring its stock back under a limit set by its landmark nuclear deal with major powers, according to a diplomat citing a confidential U.N. nuclear watchdog report.

Davos 1:59pm EST

EU, NATO cement 'transatlantic bond' before Trump takes office

BRUSSELS NATO and the European Union overcame years of rivalry on Tuesday to agree a seven-point plan to counter tactics such as cyber attacks, information warfare and irregular militia from Russia and other potential aggressors.

Russia 1:21pm EST

Brazil's president, beset on all sides, struggling to be savior

RIO DE JANEIRO When Michel Temer took over Brazil's presidency in May, many hoped he could overcome the political gridlock, corruption scandals and economic obstacles that have hobbled Latin America's biggest country.

Brazil 2:17pm EST

Italy's 'demolition man' the architect of his own downfall

ROME When former Italian president Giorgio Napolitano tapped Matteo Renzi as prime minister in February 2014, he urged his younger colleague to change the constitution in order to make it easier to govern Italy.

Italy 1:38pm EST

Investigation urges coalition apology for Yemen hospital attack

DUBAI An investigative body set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Tuesday it should apologize for a deadly attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in August that the group said killed 11 people.

Yemen 2:25pm EST

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