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Russian jets pound Aleppo as U.S. clings to diplomacy

AMMAN Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said.

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Spain's Socialist leader resigns, opening door for end of deadlock

MADRID The leader of Spain's Socialist party, Pedro Sanchez, resigned on Saturday after losing a party assembly vote, a step which could pave the way for the formation of a new government and end a nine-month political deadlock.

Spain 3:09pm EDT

Ecuador ruling party chooses Correa ally as presidential candidate

QUITO Ecuador's ruling party tapped a former vice president and ally of leftist President Rafael Correa as its candidate for president on Saturday in an election to be held in February.

United Nations 3:02pm EDT

Colombia's FARC rebels say will forfeit assets for victim reparations

BOGOTA Colombia's FARC rebels will forfeit all their assets to fund victims reparations, the group said on Saturday, one day before the Colombian people are set to vote on a peace deal between the insurgency and the government.

3:26pm EDT

Saudi-led forces rescue passengers from vessel off Yemen: SPA

DOHA A Saudi-led force in Yemen said it rescued passengers on Saturday from a vessel being used by the United Arab Emirates military that was attacked by Houthi fighters in a strategic Red Sea shipping lane.

Yemen 3:08pm EDT

Congo commission expects presidential vote delay to Dec 2018

KINSHASA The head of Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission said on Saturday that he expects the presidential election, originally scheduled for this November, to be delayed until December 2018, lawmakers present at his speech said.

Africa, Congo 2:13pm EDT

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