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Russia says Syria govt controls 85 percent of country

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Hemeimeem Air Base, Sep 12 (AP) - Russia's military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have liberated about 85 percent of the war-torn country's territory from militants, a major turn-around two years after Moscow inter-vened to land a hand to its embattled long-time ally.
Russia has been providing air cover for President Bashar Assad's troops since 2015, changing the tide of the war and giving Syrian and allied troops an advantage over opposition fighters and Islamic State group...
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Oil will keep flowing, but UN sanctions hit Pyongyang hard

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Tokyo, Sep 12 (AP) - North Korea will be feeling the pain of new United Nations sanctions targeting some of its biggest remaining foreign revenue streams. But the Security Council eased off the biggest target of all: the oil the North needs to stay alive, and to fuel its million-man...
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Security comforts World XI on tour in Pakistan

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Lahore, Sept 12 (AP)- South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was comforted by the security arrangements in agreeing to lead the World XI for its breakthrough cricket tour of Pakistan.
The World XI - made up also of 13 others players from New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies...
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Category 4 Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida Keys

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St. Petersburg, Sep 10 (AP) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory - just a few more miles to the west - that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf...
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Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1,000: UN rapporteur

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International Desk : More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims -- more than twice the government's total -- a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday, urging Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out.

In the last two weeks alone 270,000...
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