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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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U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills two senior al Qaeda members: officials

SANAA Two senior members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in the central province of Bayda, local officials told Reuters on Thursday.

Yemen 4:17pm EDT

Activists cry foul as U.N. decides against Yemen rights probe

GENEVA The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday declined to set up an independent inquiry into abuses in Yemen, instead calling on a national inquiry to investigate violations by all sides, including the killing of civilians and attacks on hospitals.

United Nations, Yemen 4:22pm EDT

Air strikes kill 18 Islamic State 'leaders' in last month: U.S.

WASHINGTON Air strikes by the United States and its allies have killed 18 Islamic State "leaders" in the last 30 days, 13 of them in Mosul, the group's de facto Iraqi capital, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Iraq 12:33pm EDT

Venezuela urged at U.N. to seek national dialogue, free inmates

GENEVA Paraguay led nearly 30 countries on Thursday in calling at the United Nations for Venezuela to engage in a national dialogue with the opposition to preserve peace and security, and to release political prisoners.

United Nations 2:24pm EDT

Egypt asks Interpol to take Mubarak-era businessman off watchlist

CAIRO Egypt gave the green light on Thursday for Interpol and the European Union to drop charges against Hussein Salem, a businessman ally of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, a senior justice ministry official said.

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