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Russian jets pound Aleppo as U.S. clings to diplomacy

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AMMAN Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said.

UPDATE 3-Russian jets pound Aleppo as U.S. clings to diplomacy

AMMAN, Oct 1 Russian war planes struck rebel-held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said.

Russian jets pound Aleppo as fighting rages inside city

AMMAN, Oct 1 Russian war planes struck rebel held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said.

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In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

TBILISI Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state. | Video

WRAPUP 4-Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy 'on life support'

MOSCOW/BEIRUT, Sept 30 Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was "on life support" but not dead yet.

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Russia, bowing to budget pressures, revives oil firm sell-off

SOCHI, Russia Russia said on Friday that it was resuming the shelved privatisation of oil firm Bashneft, in a sign of how anxious the Kremlin is to raise money to fill holes in the budget left by the economic slump.

UPDATE 3-Russia, bowing to budget pressures, revives oil firm sell-off

* Bashneft sell-off had unleashed clan infighting (Adds govt source in para 8)

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Russia says ready to consider more ways to normalise situation in Syria's Aleppo

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that Moscow was ready to consider additional ways to "normalise" the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the ministry said.

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Syrian army, rebels wage fierce battles in Aleppo

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and rebels fought battles in the centre of Aleppo and north of the city on Friday, a week into a Russian-backed offensive by the Syrian army to take the entire area, a war monitor and sources on both sides said.

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Unite to stop carnage, save lives in Syria, says U.N. aid chief

GENEVA Major powers must unite to stop the carnage in Syria as the collapse of U.S.-Russian peace efforts would be a setback for United Nations operations aimed at saving lives, the top U.N. aid official told Reuters on Friday.

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U.N. atomic agency chief says Iran sticking to nuclear deal

PARIS Iran has kept to a nuclear deal it agreed with six world powers last year limiting its stockpiles of substances that could be used to make atomic weapons, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told French daily Le Monde.