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Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts

BEIRUT Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago.

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Brazil police arrest ex-finance minister Palocci in graft probe

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian police on Monday arrested Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister and presidential chief of staff in recent Workers Party governments, as a sweeping anti-corruption probe reached ever closer to the heart of the left-leaning party.

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Colombia, Marxist rebels to sign accord ending 52-year war

CARTAGENA, Colombia Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.

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U.S. sanctions Chinese firm tied to North Korea's nuclear program

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury on Monday said it had sanctioned a Chinese industrial machinery and equipment wholesaler, a step in tightening the financial noose around North Korea's nuclear program.

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Spain's Socialist chief calls for leadership race to review government options

MADRID The head of Spain's Socialists, Pedro Sanchez, said on Monday he would call for a leadership race on Oct. 23 to review the party's position on whether to allow a minority government of the ruling Conservatives or force a third national election.

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Slovak PM Fico says EU migrant quotas are "politically finished"

PRAGUE The policy of quotas for distributing asylum seekers among European Union member states is "politically finished", Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Monday.

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