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Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered
Syria's army has halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow trapped civilians to be evacuated, Russia's foreign minister said, after advancing regime forces cornered rebels in the city.
President Bashar al-Assad said victory for his forces in Aleppo would be a "huge step" in ending Syria's war, as government troops battled Thursday to retake more rebel ground.
Wintering in Israel
A picture taken on Wednesday, Dec. 7 shows Gray Cranes flocking over a tractor dispersing food at Agamon Hula Lake in Hula valley in northern Israel. More than half a billion birds of some 400 species pass through the Jordan Valley to Africa and go back to Europe during the year.
Two Hamas militants were killed and three are missing after a tunnel in the Gaza Strip collapsed, the Islamist group's military wing said Thursday.
Rebels in Aleppo call for five-day truce
Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians Wednesday after losing more than three quarters of their territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive.
Assad confident of Aleppo victory, ignores ceasefire appeals
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said victory in Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the country's five-year civil war, ignoring pleas for a truce as rebels in the city lose more ground.
Lebanese women protest against rape law
A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, gathered Tuesday outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.
Afghan woman goes from refugee to pilot
From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces.
Syrian rebels on Monday ruled out a withdrawl from east Aleppo despite sweeping government advances, after Moscow announced it would hold talks with Washington on their withdrawal from the city.
No more room for the dead
The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave's streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues.
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