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Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on

MUNICH/AMMAN Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. | Video

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Cameron defends Britain's desire for sovereignty before EU summit

HAMBURG, Germany Prime Minister David Cameron defended Britain's desire to protect its sovereignty on Friday, appealing for understanding from the European Union in his talks for better membership terms that could be decided next week.

5:23pm EST

Thousands of Iraqi refugees leave Finland voluntarily

HELSINKI Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in Finland last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily, citing family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country.

Iraq 1:12pm EST

Thousands of Egyptian doctors protest over alleged police brutality

CAIRO Thousands of Egyptian doctors demonstrated in Cairo on Friday in a rare protest at what rights groups call police impunity after two doctors were alleged to have been assaulted in a hospital in the city last month.

Egypt 4:17pm EST

Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call

JERUSALEM Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the occupied West Bank to be labeled "Made in Israel".

Israel 1:42pm EST

After short, tense meeting, Spain's Socialist head rejects backing Rajoy

MADRID The head of Spain's Socialist party ruled out on Friday supporting acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a second term, support that could have ended the country's political stalemate.

Spain 2:18pm EST

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