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U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

GENEVA/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new exodus of refugees fleeing a Russian-backed assault. | Video

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Wave of Aden killings tests Gulf role in Yemen

CAIRO/DUBAI The recapture of Aden by Gulf Arab coalition troops last summer has failed to provide any respite from Yemen's civil war, with residents facing a wave of bomb and gun attacks that is crippling efforts to stabilize the city. | Video

Yemen 8:54am EST

Greek ex-finance minister Varoufakis launches democracy movement

BERLIN Yanis Varoufakis, who as Greece's finance minister last year tried to defy German-backed austerity policies, launched a pan-European movement in Berlin on Tuesday that he said aimed to "democratize" the continent.

Greece 10:53am EST

Swedish prosecutors press for Assange interview despite U.N. ruling

STOCKHOLM Swedish prosecutors said on Thursday they would renew an application to interview Julian Assange over a rape allegation, adding that their case was not affected by a U.N ruling that he was being arbitrarily detained.

7:08am EST

South African opposition asks court to rule on Zuma's home upgrade

JOHANNESBURG South African opposition parties on Tuesday asked the country's top court to rule on whether President Jacob Zuma broke the law by spending 250 million rand (then $23 million) on a state-funded security upgrade to his home. | Video

Africa 9:14am EST

EU eyes shifting some development funds toward tackling migration crisis

BRUSSELS Talks to shift some funds away from fostering development in the European Union's poorer eastern regions toward handling a large migrant influx mainly into its west may cause fireworks at a meeting of EU finance ministers on Friday.

Migrant Crisis, 12:08pm EST

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