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Russia backs Aleppo assault to strong-arm US: analysts

Birut - Russia has decided to throw its military might behind the Syrian regime's drive to recapture divided Aleppo in a bid to strong-arm Washington into accepting Moscow's demands, analysts say.

Op-Ed: Canada's Liberals to retain Conservatives' cuts to health care

Ottawa - Back in 2011, the Stephen Harper Conservative government announced, without agreement of the provinces, that funding of health care transfers would be reduced by $36 billion.

Op-Ed: Pacquiao likely to go for 1st KO win in 7 years against Vargas

Eight-division world boxing champion and freshman Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao has not won a fight by way of knockout in the last seven years since his TKO victory over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in 2009

Syria army retakes Aleppo district as bombs rain down

Damascus - Syria's army took control of a rebel-held district in central Aleppo on Tuesday, after days of heavy air strikes that have killed dozens and sparked allegations of war crimes.

Google celebrates its 18th birthday, may have the wrong date

Google has turned 18 today, at least according to itself. The search giant posted a special celebratory Doodle to its homepage this morning, as it has done for the past 11 years. However, some people maintain that Google's birthday isn’t on September 27

Trump launches harsh new personal attack after debate

Washington - Fresh off his presidential clash with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on criticism of a former Miss Universe he accused of getting too fat, comments that could repel women voters.

India's hydropower plans adds fuel to dispute with Pakistan

New Delhi - In a move that is likely to aggravate the already tense relationship between the two neighboring countries, it was revealed that India plans to speed up the building of hydropower plants along three rivers flowing into Pakistan.

NATO says Aleppo attacks 'blatant violation of international law'

Bratislava - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the "morally totally unacceptable" bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo broke international law, and urged Russia to take genuine steps to restore a ceasefire.

Clouds gather over Turkey economy after downgrade

Istanbul - Turkey has snarled with anger over a downgrade of its debt to junk status, but its previously robust economic performance risks being bruised by lower growth, stalled reforms and rule of law concerns after the July 15 coup bid.

Google's building a new operating system called 'Andromeda'

Google is building a new operating system called "Andromeda" that will see Android and Chrome OS merged together. According to a new report, the company is planning a laptop and tablet to run the new OS, potentially designed as a next-generation platform.

Google unveils YouTube Go, an app designed for offline playback

On its 18th birthday, Google has announced a new YouTube app that places an emphasis on offline viewing. Users will be able to download content to watch when disconnected. The app will target emerging markets and particularly concentrate on India.

NBA News and Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins to Raptors still possible?

Toronto - DeMarcus Cousins is one of the best centers in the NBA, but playing for Sacramento is a concern. The number of players that have left the franchise in the last decade is staggering and with little chance of winning, Cousins could be the next to leave.

Houston shooting not terror related, gunman 'disgruntled' lawyer

Houston - A gunman at a strip mall in Houston wounded nine, one critically, and was shot dead by police early this morning. The city's mayor said the shooting was the work of 'disgruntled' lawyer and officials said it was not connected to terrorism.

Bosnian Serb leader makes demand over summons

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said Tuesday he was ready to respond to a prosecutor's summons over a controversial referendum, but demanded that the hearing be held outside Sarajevo.

IS bombings kill at least 17 in Baghdad

Baghdad - Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group hit shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 17 people, security and medial officials said.

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville - Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon's president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country.

No saving Colombia peace if voters veto: negotiator

Cartagena - Colombia's peace accord with FARC rebels is the "best possible" deal to end a half-century of war and cannot be rehashed if voters reject it, the government's chief negotiator warns.

Clinton, Trump: gladiator contest of modern times

Hempstead - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strode out cloaked in icy politeness. Yet within minutes their debate degenerated into bickering, insults and diatribes -- a gladiatorial contest of modern times.

Dutch Srebrenica peacekeepers may sue for 'mission impossible'

Den Haag - About 100 former Dutch UN peacekeepers may sue the government for sending them to defend the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995, after the defence ministry admitted it had been a mission "impossible," lawyers said Tuesday.

Windows 10 to keep you safe online with new browser sandbox

Microsoft has announced a significant security enhancement coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 2 software update next year. The company has further expanded Windows Defender to help you stay safe online, isolating the browser from your PC.
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