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Battle for Aleppo intensifies after ceasefire ends

BEIRUT The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday with air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said.

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Opium crops spread in Afghanistan as Taliban gains ground, U.N. says

VIENNA The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations confirmed on Sunday, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground.

French police chief promises change after sixth night of protests: TV

PARIS France's national police chief has promised to upgrade equipment and improve working conditions for the country's police, who staged a sixth night of protests across several cities.

France 4:50am EDT

Spain's Socialists seen clearing the way for end to political deadlock

MADRID Spain's Socialists on Sunday were expected to clear the way for the conservative People's Party (PP) to be sworn in for a second term, ending a 10-month political deadlock that has paralyzed institutions and threatened to derail an economic recovery.

Spain 5:25am EDT

Iraqi army drives Islamic State from Christian region near Mosul

QAYYARA, Iraq Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants' last major city stronghold in Iraq. | Video

Iraq, United Nations Oct 22 2016

Rescuers save 2,400 migrants in Mediterranean, recover 14 bodies

MILAN Rescuers pulled 2,400 boat migrants to safety on Saturday, the Italian coastguard said, adding 14 dead bodies had been recovered in the past two days.

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