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U.S. close to suspending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo.

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Air strikes kill 18 Islamic State 'leaders' in last month: U.S.

WASHINGTON Air strikes by the United States and its allies have killed 18 Islamic State "leaders" in the last 30 days, 13 of them in Mosul, the group's de facto Iraqi capital, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Iraq 12:33pm EDT

Venezuela urged at U.N. to seek national dialogue, free inmates

GENEVA Paraguay led nearly 30 countries on Thursday in calling at the United Nations for Venezuela to engage in a national dialogue with the opposition to preserve peace and security, and to release political prisoners.

United Nations 2:24pm EDT

Millionaires, evangelicals benefit from Brazil campaign funds ban

BRASILIA A ban on companies funding election campaigns in Brazil that was meant to clean up politics amid the worst graft scandal in decades is instead helping wealthy businessmen and candidates backed by evangelical churches to dominate major races at Sunday's city elections.

Brazil 2:37pm EDT

U.S. expects donor conference to pledge $3 billion a year for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON An international conference on Afghanistan in Brussels next week is expected to pledge over $3 billion a year in development support to the Central Asian nation up to the end of 2020, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Afghanistan 2:23pm EDT

Iraq PM tells Kurds not to use Mosul battle to expand territory

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani not to exploit the war on Islamic State to expand the Kurds' territory, according to a government statement published after their meeting on Thursday in Baghdad.

Iraq 12:18pm EDT

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