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U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

GENEVA Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees.

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Iraqi military advance reconnects Ramadi to key army base

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces recaptured territory from Islamic State militants on Tuesday which links the recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western Iraq, the military said.

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Swedish prosecutors press for Assange interview despite U.N. ruling

STOCKHOLM Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday they would renew an application to interview Julian Assange over a rape allegation, adding that their case was not affected by a U.N ruling that he was being arbitrarily detained.

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Bosnian Serb general who helped lead Srebrenica massacre dies

AMSTERDAM Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir, serving a life sentence for genocide including the massacre at Srebrenica during the early 1990s war in Bosnia, died in The Hague on Monday evening, a court spokesman said.

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Protests intensify in Iraqi Kurdistan amid economic crisis

ERBIL, Iraq Protests intensified in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Tuesday after the government unveiled new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials warn could undermine the war effort against Islamic State.

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