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Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. | Video

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U.N. to audit its dealings with entities tied to alleged bribe scheme

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has ordered an audit of all dealings the organization had with two entities that are the subjects of a U.S. bribery probe, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.

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Yemeni president dismisses Houthi concessions as 'maneuver'

DUBAI/UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's government dismissed as a "maneuver" on Thursday the Houthis' acceptance of a U.N.-sponsored peace plan and demanded that the Iran-backed group hand back territory it has seized since last year.

United Nations, Yemen 08 Oct 2015

Australia, Philippines negotiating asylum seeker transfer deal

SYDNEY - Australia is negotiating a deal with the Philippines to transfer asylum seekers being held indefinitely in controversial detention centers on remote, impoverished islands, Australia's immigration minister said on Friday.

Myanmar official accuses China of meddling in rebel peace talks

YANGON - A top negotiator in Myanmar's peace talks with ethnic rebels has accused neighboring China of derailing a nationwide ceasefire deal last week that would have brought Japan and Western nations in as observers to monitor an end to decades of conflict.

08 Oct 2015

Malaysia arrests lawyer critical of PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police have arrested and detained the lawyer of a local politician who has been calling for U.S. law-enforcement authorities to probe an international financial scandal involving Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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