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Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as Russia vows no let-up

Aleppo - Syrian warplanes launched fresh raids on the last rebel-held districts in Aleppo on Friday, as key regime ally Russia vowed the assault would continue until opposition fighters left the battleground city.

All 'Original Seven' American astronauts now dead

Miami - John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history.

Duterte claims he can eradicate poverty in Philippines by 2040

President Rodrigo Duterte announced he aims at eradicating poverty from the Philippines in the next 25 years and transform his country into a middle-class society through a plan called Ambisyon Natin 2040.

More than 400 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta Friday, authorities said, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum.

Heavy Syrian army shelling hits rebel Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Syrian government artillery bombarded the fast-shrinking rebel enclave in the heart of Aleppo on Friday despite its ally Russia's announcement of a new humanitarian pause, a monitor said.

Shadow of executed cleric looms in Saudi town

Al `awamiyah - The bearded face of executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr is on every lamp post along the road leading towards his hometown of Awamiya, in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

Ghana opposition celebrates as media projects vote win

Accra - Opposition challenger Nana Akufo-Addo has a clear lead in Ghana's hotly contested presidential election, local media reported Friday, although official results have yet to be released two days after the vote.

Mladic 'not a monster', defence tells judges

Den Haag - Former Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was "not a monster" and should be acquitted of genocide and war crimes, his defence argued Friday, insisting the prosecution had failed to prove his role in the Bosnian war.

No Putin link to Russian doping: McLaren

London - There is no evidence to suggest Russian president Vladimir Putin knew about "state-sponsored" doping in the country's sport programmes, doping investigator Richard McLaren told AFP on Friday.

UN votes by strong majority to demand end to Syria carnage

New York - The UN General Assembly on Friday demanded an immediate ceasefire in Syria and urgent aid deliveries in a resolution adopted by a strong majority as Syrian forces launched another assault on Aleppo.

Spain dismantles one of EU's main hubs for fake goods

La Jonquera - Authorities in Spain dismantled one of the European Union's main hubs for counterfeit goods, arresting 71 people and seizing close to 270,000 fake watches, jewellery and other goods, police and Europol said on Friday.

Turkey to submit Erdogan powers bill to parliament Saturday

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party will submit a bill to parliament Saturday expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers just months after the July failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

As EU treaty turns 25, Juncker warns against going it alone

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday warned countries not to go it alone in the wake of Brexit, as he marked the 25th anniversary of a summit that produced the Maastricht treaty.

UN voices fear that hundreds missing after fleeing east Aleppo

Geneva - The UN human rights office voiced concern Friday that hundreds of men may have gone missing after fleeing eastern Aleppo into government-controlled parts of the city.

China fails to block UN meeting on N. Korea rights abuses

New York - China failed on Friday to block a UN Security Council meeting called to discuss the human rights crisis in North Korea despite support from Russia and three other countries.

Dutch police arrest terror suspect with gun, fireworks

Den Haag - Rotterdam police have arrested a Dutchman found with a loaded AK-47 Kalashnikov rifle and illegal fireworks who is "suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said Friday.

Soldier found alive two weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

Jakarta - A soldier aboard a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has been found alive, an army spokesman said Friday.

In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity

Berlin - Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday.

Nobel prize was 'tremendous push' in Colombia peace: Santos

Oslo - On the eve of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday the award was a "gift from heaven" that gave a "tremendous push" to reach a new agreement with FARC rebels.
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