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Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week.

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Death toll rises as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria

SOFIA At least five people were killed and 25 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing around 20 buildings, police said on Saturday.

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Colombian Nobel Prize winner sees a "ray of hope" for Syria, Sudan

OSLO Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said an accord to end a 52-year civil war with Marxist rebels was a "ray of hope" for solving conflicts from Syria to South Sudan as he collected the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday.

Syria, Africa 8:31am EST

Lawyers seek to launch fresh Brexit challenge in Irish courts

DUBLIN A group of British and Irish lawyers are seeking to challenge Britain's decision to leave the European Union in the Irish High Court to try to establish if Brexit can be reversed once divorce talks have been triggered.

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US' Kerry urges Russia to show "grace" in Geneva Aleppo talks

PARIS Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States pleading Moscow to show "grace" when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city.

Syria 8:37am EST

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