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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BAGRAM, Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday, amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban-led insurgency.
LA PAZ The head of the Bolivian company whose plane crashed in Colombia last month, killing dozens of Brazilian soccer players, will be held on manslaughter and other charges until the investigation is complete, authorities said on Thursday.
MOSCOW The Russian Investigative Committee is continuing "active investigative activity" into the case of ex-economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev, the committee said on Friday.
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.
ACCRA Ghana's main opposition leader is heading to victory in a presidential election with an absolute majority over President John Mahama, private Joy FM and Citi FM radio stations said on Friday.