ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war. | Video
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KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's stern rebuke to Myanmar for a military-led crackdown on Muslim Rohingyas was a rarity among Southeast Asian nations, who adhere to a policy of non-interference in each other's domestic affairs.
MOSCOW The Russian Investigative Committee is continuing "active investigative activity" into the case of ex-economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev, the committee said on Friday.
HONG KONG Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said on Friday he will not run in the 2017 chief executive election due to family reasons.
BEIJING China's President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the ruling Communist Party from the country's colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten its hold on education.
PHNOM PENH Fifteen people have died and at least 78 have been hospitalized in recent weeks after drinking toxic rice wine at a series of funerals in Cambodia in the past five weeks, officials said on Friday.