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Russia, pressed to end Syria bombing, proposes March truce

UNITED NATIONS/DAMASCUS/ONCUPINAR, Turkey World powers pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging a truce in three weeks' time.

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Damascus expects tough but short battle for Aleppo

DAMASCUS The Syrian government expects a tough battle for Aleppo, the city that has become the focal point of the country's long civil war, but is confident of victory and says it won't be a long fight.

United Nations, Syria 10 Feb 2016

North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

SEOUL North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

South Korea, North Korea 10 Feb 2016

EU warns UK deal 'fragile' as Paris, East seek changes

BRUSSELS A draft accord to help keep Britain in the European Union is "very fragile", a top EU official warned on Wednesday as France and eastern states pushed for changes before leaders meet to try and seal the deal next week.

France 10 Feb 2016

Turkey, Greece seek NATO mission in Aegean: German official

BRUSSELS Turkey and Greece have agreed to ask for a NATO mission to monitor refugee flows in the Aegean Sea and combat people smugglers, a senior German government official said late on Wednesday.

Migrant Crisis 10 Feb 2016

Ex-president of El Salvador faces trial over source of $700,000

SAN SALVADOR Former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes will face a civil trial after he was not able to verify the source of more than $700,000 found in his personal bank accounts, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

10 Feb 2016

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