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Islamic State makes closest advance to Aleppo, Iranian killed

BEIRUT/ANKARA - Islamic State fighters have seized Syrian villages on the outskirts of Aleppo from rival insurgent fighters, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the militant group.

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China says U.S. human rights report biased

BEIJING - A U.S. congressional commission's criticism of China's human rights record did not "accord with the facts", the Chinese government said on Friday, the latest friction over a long-running thorn in relations.

China 7:09am EDT

Four Arabs stabbed in southern Israel, Jewish suspect held

JERUSALEM - Four Arabs were stabbed in a town in southern Israel on Friday and a Jewish suspect was arrested, police said. The attacks follow a surge in knife violence by Palestinians against Israelis.

Israel 6:48am EDT

Italy sends Eritreans to Sweden to seek asylum under EU plan

ROME - Italy sent a first group of Eritrean asylum seekers to Sweden on Friday as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states amid the continent's biggest migration crisis since World War Two.

Migrant Crisis, Italy 6:59am EDT

Fire sweeps through Philippine prison killing 10 inmates

MANILA - Fire swept through a maximum-security Philippine prison killing 10 inmates, most of them in their cells, authorities said on Friday, in a disaster likely to highlight woeful conditions in one of the world's most over-crowded prison systems. | Video

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Exclusive: EU set to suspend Belarus sanctions for four months after vote

BRUSSELS - The European Union will lift its sanctions on Belarus, including those on authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, for four months after Sunday's vote barring any last-minute crackdown, diplomatic sources said.

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