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Artillery fire rocks Aleppo as Syria army presses assault

Aleppo, Syria | AFP |  Heavy artillery exchanges rocked Syria’s battleground second city Aleppo throughout the night as government forces pressed a two-pronged assault on rebel-held districts, an AFP correspondent reported on Saturday. The government’s offensive to recapture the whole of Aleppo has been bolstered by its Russian ally’s rejection …

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Debate organizers: There were ‘issues’ with Trump’s microphone

Washington, United States | AFP |  When Donald Trump complained about his microphone after his televised presidential debate Monday with Hillary Clinton, few people believed him — viewers had no trouble understanding his words. But on Friday, the well-respected Commission on Presidential Debates said that in fact, the Republican candidate …

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Handshakes, Hebrew and humour as Peres laid to rest

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | The gathering of world leaders for Friday’s funeral of Israel’s ex-president Shimon Peres featured a rare show of Israel-Palestinian detente, US President Barack Obama’s attempt at Hebrew and just a touch of humour. Handshake  On arrival at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery, Palestinian president Mahmud …

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USA Today warns against vote for ‘dangerous demagogue’ Trump

Washington, United States | AFP |  In a break from tradition, USA Today took sides Friday in the upcoming presidential election, warning readers to “resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue” and reject Republican Donald Trump. The national newspaper, one of the most widely circulated in the United States, …

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World leaders bid farewell to Nobel laureate Peres

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Israeli ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres on Friday as his funeral began under massive security. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among attendees at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national …

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Saudi Arabia and 9/11: What we know

  Washington, United States | AFP | A new US law allows survivors of terror attacks and victims’ relatives to sue foreign governments, opening the way for Saudi Arabia to be targeted for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks. The kingdom firmly denies it had anything to do with …

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