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Russia says U.S. planes bombed Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday

MOSCOW Russia's Defence Ministry said on Thursday that two U.S. aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on Feb. 10, and that Russian planes had not been operating in the area.

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China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols

BEIJING China on Thursday responded to a Reuters report that the U.S. and India are discussing joint naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea, warning that interference from countries outside the region threatens peace and stability.

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NATO allies launch sea mission against people-smugglers

BRUSSELS NATO will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling migrants and refugees into Europe, allied defense ministers said on Thursday.

Pro-government forces seize camp outside Yemen capital

CAIRO Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led air strikes seized control of a military camp 60km (40 miles) from Sanaa on Thursday, local officials and residents said, as troops advance toward the capital held by Iran-allied fighters.

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Auschwitz guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

DETMOLD, Germany A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz lowered his eyes as he arrived at a German court on Thursday to be tried as an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people in what is likely to be one of the last few Nazi war crimes trials.

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Iran's Rouhani calls for political unity before crucial votes: TV

ANKARA President Hassan Rouhani urged Iran's faction-ridden elite on Thursday to seek consensus after a hardline watchdog body disqualified thousands of moderate candidates from two elections this month, state television said.

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