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Russia considers drastic steps to plug finances hit by tumbling oil

* With easy options gone, officials considering risky measures

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Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington for greater commitment towards resolving the five-year-old war ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.

Syrian, Russian forces carrying out ethnic cleansing around Aleppo: Turkish PM

THE HAGUE Syrian government forces backed by Russia are carrying out a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

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Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington for greater commitment towards resolving the five-year-old war ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.

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Syrian, Russian forces carrying out ethnic cleansing around Aleppo - Turkish PM

THE HAGUE Syrian government forces backed by Russia are carrying out a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

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Wounded Syrian rebels say Russia crippling their insurgency

KILIS, Turkey In a field hospital in the Turkish border town of Kilis, wounded Syrian opposition fighters say Russian air strikes have brought their campaign against President Bashar al-Assad's forces and Islamic State militants to the brink of collapse.

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NATO to agree new Russian deterrent but avoid Cold War footing

BRUSSELS NATO is ready to agree on Wednesday its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.

Wounded Syrian rebels say Russia crippling their insurgency

KILIS, Turkey In a field hospital in the Turkish border town of Kilis, wounded Syrian opposition fighters say Russian air strikes have brought their campaign against President Bashar al-Assad's forces and Islamic State militants to the brink of collapse.

UPDATE 3-Russia's Sechin floats idea of oil output cuts

* Says oil price drop driven by OPEC decision (Adds quotes)

Syrian opposition calls on U.S. to take tougher line against Russia

LONDON The Saudi-backed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday called on the United States to act more forcefully to stop Russia's bombing of their positions.

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Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment wave to New Hampshire wins

MANCHESTER, N.H. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional U.S. politicians in a display of anti-establishment power. | Video