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Assad relies on foreign fighters in push to retake Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Syria's President Bashar Assad is on the verge of recapturing all of Aleppo from rebels, but the victory won't be his alone. The battle for Syria's largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces backing Assad - including Russian soldiers and Shiite fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan....

US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa....

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war....

Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Fresh off impeachment, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's days in office may be numbered....

Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo's opposition
PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz....

Syrian forces squeeze Aleppo, bring new wave of evacuations
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government....

4 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Firefighters in Bulgaria say at least four people were killed and 23 injured when a train derailed and containers of gas exploded....

Diplomat: Geneva meeting could avoid 'destruction' in Aleppo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A meeting on Saturday between Moscow and Washington is extremely important because it could avoid "massive destruction" if a plan for evacuating rebel fighters and civilians from war-ravaged Aleppo can be worked out, the U.N.'s special envoy to Syria said....

After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachment
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Shifting from protests to celebration, large crowds of South Koreans were expected to march near the presidential palace on Saturday to cheer the impeachment of disgraced President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal....

Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years announced late Friday that he no longer accepts defeat in the country's presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival....

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