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China air force holds drills in Western Pacific for second time this month

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BEIJING China's air force said on Sunday it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific.

Oman Air apologises for maps using 'Persian Gulf' label

DUBAI State carrier Oman Air has apologised for inflight maps that labelled the Gulf - the waterway separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula - as the "Persian Gulf," in a sign of the strains between Gulf Arab countries and regional rival Iran.

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Syrian rebel sees more arms from Assad foes, but not enough

BEIRUT Syrian rebels expect to receive new types of heavy weapons from their foreign backers in response to the collapse of a truce and a Russian-backed government offensive, but nothing amounting to a major shift in support, a rebel leader said on Saturday.

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Russia's Lavrov says Syrian ceasefire hinges on all sides involved

MOSCOW Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on "Russia's unilateral concessions".

Syrian Observatory - 25 killed in Aleppo attacks on Saturday

BEIRUT A Syrian government offensive on rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo killed at least 25 people on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian government forces seize Aleppo camp from rebels - monitor, rebel, state TV

BEIRUT Syrian government forces captured a rebel-held area north of Aleppo on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a rebel official, and a state-run TV station reported.

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Warplanes bomb Aleppo after Syrian army launches offensive

BEIRUT Warplanes bombed Aleppo on Friday with what residents described as unprecedented ferocity after the Russian-backed Syrian army announced an offensive to fully capture Syria's biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. | Video

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Defying U.N., North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear capability

UNITED NATIONS North Korea vowed on Friday to further strengthen its nuclear weapons capability, in spite of U.N. condemnation and sanctions, and said it would never abandon its deterrence while it was threatened by nuclear-armed states. | Video

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U.S. says THAAD not negotiable, but confident on North Korea sanctions

NEW YORK The planned U.S. deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea is not negotiable as part of efforts to agree new U.N. sanctions on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test, but Washington is confident tougher steps will be agreed before long, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia said on Friday.

Landmark deal to curb airline emissions expected in Montreal

MONTREAL/NEW YORK The world's first deal to curb pollution from commercial flights is expected after United Nations-led talks kick off next week in Montreal, although European lawmakers remain skeptical that it would be tough enough.

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As Syria cease-fire fails, Obama may leave successor 'problem from hell'

WASHINGTON The United States was relegated to the sidelines of the Syrian war on Friday as an all-out assault by Syrian government and Russian forces on opposition-held Aleppo threatened to unleash a new refugee wave and drive U.S.-backed rebels into the ranks of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, U.S. officials and experts said.

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HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic conditions

LONDON German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first.