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Islamic State, Syria's Russian-backed army fight over Palmyra

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AMMAN Islamic State militants and Syria's Russian-backed army fought over the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Sunday, with both sides claiming the upper hand. | Video

Trump calls 'ridiculous' reports Russia helped him in U.S. election

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he didn't believe reports that intelligence agencies concluded Russia intervened in the presidential election on his behalf, according to an interview broadcast on "Fox News Sunday."

U.S., Politics, Election 2016, 9:34am EST

Russia signs Rosneft deal with Qatar, Glencore

MOSCOW Russian state holding company Rosneftegaz on Saturday signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and commodities trader Glencore to sell a 19.5 percent stake in state-owned oil major Rosneft , Rosneft said.

Deals, 6:37am EST

Britain says West cannot treat Russia as an equal partner

LONDON Britain's defense minister said on Sunday he was ready to work with his new U.S. counterpart but that Western nations could not treat Russia as an equal partner as Moscow was a strategic competitor.

World, 5:57am EST

Conflict over Russia is rocky start for Trump and intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump's rejection this weekend of U.S. intelligence analysts' conclusion that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help him win the White House is the latest in a string of conflicts between Trump and the intelligence community he will command.

Politics, Election 2016, 4:25am EST

Critics ask if Tillerson can turn from corporate to national interest

WASHINGTON The central question facing Exxon Mobile Corp. chief executive Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether a life-long oil man with close ties to Russia can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.

Politics, Election 2016, Dec 10 2016

Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syria's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. | Video

World, Syria Dec 10 2016

Russia intervened to help Trump win election: intelligence officials

WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. | Video

U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show "grace" in Geneva Aleppo talks

PARIS Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States urging Russia to show "grace" when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city.

World, Syria, Dec 10 2016

Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian's military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus's allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week.

World, Syria Dec 10 2016
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Turkey vows vengeance after Kurdish militants blamed for attack that killed 38

ISTANBUL Turkey on Sunday vowed vengeance against Kurdish militants it said were likely behind twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. | Video