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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. | Video

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Malaysia PM opens thorny debate in accusing Myanmar of genocide

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's stern rebuke to Myanmar for a military-led crackdown on Muslim Rohingyas was a rarity among Southeast Asian nations, who adhere to a policy of non-interference in each other's domestic affairs.

United Nations, Myanmar 2:22am EST

Russia says continues investigation in case of ex-minister Ulyukayev

MOSCOW The Russian Investigative Committee is continuing "active investigative activity" into the case of ex-economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev, the committee said on Friday.

1:24am EST

Hong Kong leader says will not run for chief executive at next election

HONG KONG Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said on Friday he will not run in the 2017 chief executive election due to family reasons.

2:57am EST

China's Xi calls for universities' allegiance to the Communist Party

BEIJING China's President Xi Jinping has called for allegiance to the ruling Communist Party from the country's colleges and universities, the latest effort by Beijing to tighten its hold on education.

China 12:00am EST

Tainted homemade rice wine kills 15 at funerals in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH Fifteen people have died and at least 78 have been hospitalized in recent weeks after drinking toxic rice wine at a series of funerals in Cambodia in the past five weeks, officials said on Friday.

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