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Syria: tens of thousands flee Aleppo before UN emergency talks

More than 50,000 leave amid continuing government bombardment that reportedly killed at least 21 people on Wednesday<p>More than 50,000 civilians have joined a growing exodus from east Aleppo, a human rights monitor has said, as the UN security council prepares to hold emergency talks on fighting in …

Oil falls as supply glut makes rallies tough to sustain

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The comeback rally in oil paused on Wednesday, with crude prices falling 5 percent or more after traders and investors were overwhelmed by the latest estimates for U.S. supply builds that came in nearly five times above market expectations.<p>An oil well is seen near Denver, …

Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

Continued job growth has boosted prospects for the U.S. economy, but it continues to face some tricky crosswinds. The big drop in oil prices and a stronger dollar both help the economy and hurt it. Add to that the recent slowdown in global growth.<p>Lots of economists have suggested the big drop in …

Australians want renewable energy target retained by big margin

Australians overwhelmingly want the renewable energy target to be retained or even increased, as the Abbott government considers abolishing the incentive for new renewable projects.<p>Polling for the Climate Institute shows 72% of Australians want to keep or expand the renewable energy target (RET), …

California's drought getting even worse, experts say

California's drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday.<p>"Exceptional" drought conditions have spread in Central California since a week ago, weather officials said. …

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N Korea and Russia: A step towards a worldwide anti-hegemonic front? | China

This year was marked by a sudden outburst of political exchanges and economic negotiations between North Korea and Russia. In March and April, Pyongyang was visited by Rustam Minnikhanov, president of the Republic of Tatarstan, Alexander Galushka, Russian minister for the Development of the Far …

Men Wrongly Convicted In Central Park Jogger Case Reportedly Reach Settlement

The five men wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a female jogger in Central Park more than 25 years ago have reportedly agreed to a settlement of close to $40 million.<p>The New York Times reports the agreement will provide the five exonerated plaintiffs, all black and Latino, approximately $1 …

Militants blitz through Iraq's western desert

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening …

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Nearly 600,000 Vote in Hong Kong Democracy Poll

HONG KONG - Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing.<p>Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 …

Mafia Members Are 'Excommunicated', Pope Francis Says

Pope Francis delivered a condemning message to Italy’s most powerful Mafia affiliation on Saturday, calling it an example of "the adoration of evil" and saying Mafiosi "are excommunicated."<p><b>Sign up for breaking news alerts from NBC News</b><p>"This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We …

Afghanistan: Ailing trust amidst elections

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has postponed the counting of votes in the second round of elections while a solution is being sought for a stalemate over allegations of extensive fraud in the elections.<p>Afghan President Hamid Karzai's decision to intervene in the deadlock …

Putin Pushes for Ukraine Compromise, Backs Cease-Fire

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.<p>On a day when Russia and Ukraine commemorated the millions who died during World War …

Obama warns Russia of further costs if it continues meddling in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama had stern words for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Russia's actions in Ukraine, following a meeting Thursday of G7 leaders in Brussels, Belgium, at which Russia was excluded.<p>Putin "has a chance to get back into a lane of international law," Obama said.<p>But …

Obama administration to work with Palestinian unity government | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s administration said on Monday it plans to work with and fund the new Palestinian unity government, and Israel immediately voiced its disappointment with the decision also criticized by some U.S. lawmakers.<p>Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (R) …

Syria Conflict Spawning 'New Generation of Terrorists,' Report Warns

The civil war in Syria already appears to have drawn more foreign fighters than the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and may prove an …

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Syrian election vote counting begins

Election officials have started counting votes in a Syrian presidential election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have called a charade<p>State-run media reported that voting closed at midnight on Tuesday and that officials began the …

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Egypt's presidential election begins

Egyptians are heading to the polls to vote for their fifth head of state since 2011, in a race that the former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is expected to win easily.<p>Sisi faces only one opponent – the veteran workers' activist Hamdeen Sabahi – after several would-be candidates pulled out, citing …

Obama talks Ukraine, swipes at Putin

President Barack Obama used a statement congratulating Ukrainians on their elections Sunday to again voice frustration and displeasure with Russian actions in the country.<p>Referring both to “Russian-backed separatist groups [who] sought to disenfranchise entire regions” and “Russia’s occupation and …

New Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko vows to stop war

Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, has vowed to make his first goal in office to stop the war in the east of the country.<p>The pro-European businessman won the presidential election with 54% of the vote, according to early results on Sunday, clearing the 50% threshold to win outright without …

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Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Vows To Wipe Out 'Terrorists'

On Thursday, Russia and China vetoed a draft UN. Security Council resolution calling for the Syrian conflict to be referred to the International …

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China Politburo endorses campaign against Xinjiang extremists-media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s elite Politburo endorsed a crackdown on extremists in Xinjiang on Monday, a day after police said they had smashed nearly two dozen groups in the aftermath of the far western region’s deadliest attack in years.<p>China announced a year-long “anti-terrorism” operation in …

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