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U.S. close to suspending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo.

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After military raid, India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan

NEW DELHI Beyond Thursday's raid by Indian special forces into Pakistan's side of divided Kashmir, New Delhi is considering new economic and diplomatic measures to bring pressure to bear on its neighbor, Indian officials said.

Sep 29 2016

Panama Papers dents new Panama incorporations, seen down 20 pct

PANAMA CITY The number of new companies incorporated in Panama is on track to drop around 20 percent this year following the massive leak of offshore financial data known as the Panama Papers, the government said on Thursday.

Sep 29 2016

China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

BEIJING China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities.

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Erdogan says to extend Turkey's emergency rule, rounds on rating agencies

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that emergency rule could be extended beyond a year and rounded on rating agencies after Moody's cut Turkey to "junk" status, helping send the lira to its weakest in almost two months.

Turkey Sep 29 2016

Former party boss of China's Guangzhou jailed for life for graft

BEIJING A Chinese court jailed the former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou for life on Friday after finding him guilty of corruption, the latest official to fall in President Xi Jinping's sweeping war on graft.

Sep 29 2016

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