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Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.

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Brazil's Temer to call Trump as country seeks business openings

BRASILIA Brazilian President Michel Temer plans to call U.S. President-elect Donald Trump next week as Brazil looks for business opportunities that could open up if Trump follows through on campaign promises to rewrite a trade deal with Mexico.

Brazil 4:52pm EST

Italy president starts talks to seek way out of political crisis

ROME Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Thursday to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Italy 2:37pm EST

Italian tourist shot dead after entering Rio slum on motorcycle

RIO DE JANEIRO An Italian tourist traveling South America by motorcycle was shot dead on Thursday after mistakenly entering a hillside slum in Rio de Janeiro.

Italy 4:12pm EST

Brazilian squatters offer shelter from anti-gay violence

BOSTON A multi-colored gay pride flag hangs in a corner of a bare room in an abandoned Sao Paulo art deco building that was once the headquarters of Brazil's social security agency.

Brazil 3:09pm EST

Estonia says 'encouraged' by Trump administration's tone on NATO

HAMBURG Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said he was "quite encouraged" that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would maintain a strong U.S. commitment to European security despite comments that had sparked concern during the election campaign.

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