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Syrian rebel sees more arms from Assad foes, but not enough

BEIRUT Syrian rebels expect to receive new types of heavy weapons from their foreign backers in response to the collapse of a truce and a Russian-backed government offensive, but nothing amounting to a major shift in support, a rebel leader said on Saturday.

Pakistani air force jet crashes, killing pilot

ISLAMABAD A Pakistan Air Force jet crashed on Saturday while on a training mission in the country's northwest, killing the pilot, the military said.

Warplanes press attack on rebel-held eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT Warplanes mounted a new wave of heavy air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday, rebel sources, a rescue worker and a war monitor reported, pressing a major offensive by the Russian-backed Syrian military to take back the whole city.

Russia's Lavrov says Syrian ceasefire hinges on all sides involved

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on "Russia's unilateral concessions".

Syrian Observatory: 25 killed in Aleppo attacks on Saturday

BEIRUT A Syrian government offensive on rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo killed at least 25 people on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian government forces seize Aleppo camp from rebels: monitor, rebel, state TV

BEIRUT Syrian government forces captured a rebel-held area north of Aleppo on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a rebel official, and a state-run TV station reported.

U.S. says THAAD not negotiable, but confident on North Korea sanctions

NEW YORK The planned U.S. deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is not negotiable as part of efforts to agree new U.N. sanctions on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test, but Washington is confident tougher steps will be agreed before long, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Friday.

Russia's Lavrov says wrong to use North Korea to militarize NE Asia

UNITED NATIONS Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday it was wrong of the United States to use the threat of an attack by North Korea to deploy a THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

Defying U.N., North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear capability

UNITED NATIONS North Korea vowed on Friday to further strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, in spite of U.N. condemnation and sanctions, and said it would never abandon its deterrence while it was threatened by nuclear-armed states. | Video

As Syria cease-fire fails, Obama may leave successor 'problem from hell'

WASHINGTON The United States was relegated to the sidelines of the Syrian war on Friday as an all-out assault by Syrian government and Russian forces on opposition-held Aleppo threatened to unleash a new refugee wave and drive U.S.-backed rebels into the ranks of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, U.S. officials and experts said.

Landmark deal to curb airline emissions expected in Montreal

MONTREAL/NEW YORK The world's first deal to curb pollution from commercial flights is expected after United Nations-led talks kick off next week in Montreal, although European lawmakers remain skeptical that it would be tough enough.


Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push

NEW YORK Snap Inc, the newly renamed parent company of messaging app Snapchat, plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses starting this fall, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.