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Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo

BEIRUT Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.

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'No survivors' after plane crash in northern Pakistan mountains

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline's chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. | Video

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New Zealand finance minister emerges as likely PM as rival drops out of race

WELLINGTON New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English emerged on Friday as the country's likely next leader after his closest competitor for the prime ministership dropped out of the race.

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Brazil Supreme Court judge votes to keep Senate head in job

BRASILIA The longest-serving member of Brazil's Supreme Court, Justice Celso de Mello, voted on Wednesday to overrule an injunction ordering the head of the Senate to step down following an embezzlement indictment.

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Ghana votes as President Mahama seeks a final term

ACCRA Ghana voted on Wednesday in a presidential election that looks set to be a tight race, with the incumbent John Mahama seeking a second term in charge of an economy that has slowed since he took power. | Video

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Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.

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