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Russia Says Talks to Extend Syrian Lull in Fighting to Aleppo

Russia said talks are taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of the country, a sign of intensified efforts to halt a surge of violence in Syria’s former commercial capital.

‘It’s Over,’ Trump Says, Eyeing Victory in Indiana

Front-runner Donald Trump said he will have essentially sealed the Republican US presidential nomination if he wins Tuesday’s contest in Indiana, where he holds a big lead over chief rival Ted Cruz.

Wary of China’s Indian Ocean Activities, US, India Discuss Anti-Submarine Warfare

India and the United States are in talks to help each other track submarines in the Indian Ocean, military officials said, a move that could further tighten defence ties between New Delhi and Washington as China steps up its undersea activities.

Pope Condemns Paedophilia as Details of Girl’s Death Shock Italy

Pope Francis called for “severe punishment” for paedophiles after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who is alleged to have been thrown from a balcony by her abuser.

Brazil’s Rousseff Ups Social Spending as Senate Ruling Looms

Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff vowed to raise spending on her party’s signature anti-poverty programme in an appeal to her political base, warning that her opponents would slash social expenditure if she is stripped of office.

Afghan Forces Battle to Push Taliban From Southern Highway

Afghan security forces have been battling to push back Taliban fighters seeking to cut off the capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, officials said as army units worked to clear roadside bombs from the main highway into the town.

Yemen Officials Say Peace Talks Suspended After Houthis Seize Base

The Yemeni government suspended direct peace talks to end the country’s civil war after the Houthi movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the capital Sanaa, two members of the official delegation to the talks said.

Anti-Immigrant AfD Says Muslims Not Welcome in Germany

Germany’s anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the country’s Constitution and calls for a ban on minarets and the burqa.

Labour Candidate Favourite For London Mayor After Racially Charged Campaign

Sadiq Khan of Britain’s opposition Labour Party is the strong favourite to win London’s mayoral election on Thursday after a contest marked by religious tension and accusations of racism.

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