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December 13, 2016 6:52 AM Syrian army close to declaring victory in Aleppo

Reports of women and children being killed as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad sweep through city Syria's army is in the "last moments before declaring victory" in the battle for Aleppo following the collapse of rebel defences on Monday, a Syrian military source said. "The battle in eastern Aleppo should end quickly," Lieutenant General Zaid al-Saleh 22

December 13, 2016 4:46 AM Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres sworn in as new UN secretary-general

Guterres will take over from South Korea's Ban Ki-moon on 1 January. Portugal's Antonio Guterres was sworn in as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General on Monday, 12 December. Guterres will take over from South Korea's Ban Ki-moon on 1 January, whose second five-year term will end on 31 December. The 67-year-old former refugee agency chief pledged 13

December 13, 2016 12:15 AM How Gambians have lost their fear

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ebrima Sillah considers what the outcome of the disputed presidential elections in The Gambia mean for him and thousands of other Gambians. With President Yahya Jammeh's dramatic rejection of his electoral defeat - a week after agreeing to step down - it might seem like we are back to square one. For more than two decades 16

December 12, 2016 11:20 PM Dispute over Russia reflects growing Republican resistance to Trump

Republican lawmakers are increasingly at odds with Donald Trump across a range of ­high-profile domestic and national security issues, an early sign that the GOP-led Congress might resist some elements of the ­president-elect’s un­or­tho­dox agenda. Although Trump maintains enthusiastic backing in many corners of the party, key members of the Senate 34

December 12, 2016 8:54 AM Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District Under Intense Bombardment

Aleppo: The Syrian army and its allies captured Sheikh Saeed district in Aleppo in overnight fighting, a war monitor and a Syrian official said early on Monday, amid the most intense bombardment in days, leaving insurgents in only a tiny pocket of the city. Sheikh Saeed lies in the south of the rebels' east Aleppo enclave, which has shrunk by more than three 17

December 12, 2016 7:12 AM 728 rebels surrender in Aleppo over past 24 hours: Russia

Moscow denies agreeing to US-backed proposal for rebels to leave Aleppo along with civilians under safe passage guaranteed by Russia Aleppo, Beirut: Russia's Defence Ministry said on Monday that 728 Syrian rebels laid down their weapons over the past 24 hours and relocated to western Aleppo. The Defence Ministry also said that 13,346 civilians left rebel-controlled 10

December 12, 2016 12:20 AM China-Japan Relations Worsen Ahead of 79th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - The China-Japan relationship, which has been deteriorating due to Japan's recognition of historical issues and territorial disputes, continues to grow apart from normalization. Besides, it is unlikely that the relationship will dramatically improve next year. Most of all, Tuesday marks the 79th anniversary 5

December 11, 2016 5:31 PM The Latest: Trump hints he's still undecided about Tillerson

Donald Trump says he may — or may not — choose ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. With the Lincoln Memorial in the background, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks during the Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary commemoration, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, in honor of the 2,403 men and women killed 14

December 11, 2016 4:03 PM Ghana has made Africa proud – Chesson-Wureh

Councillor Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Initiator of Women’s Room Situation (WSR) has hailed Ghanaians for making Africa proud again by holding a peaceful general election. She commended Ghana for being a model democracy for the rest of Africa to emulate. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Councillor Chesson-Wureh, said no election was flawless but on the whole 16

December 11, 2016 2:03 PM Trump dismisses allegations of Russian election tampering

Donald Trump says it's "ridiculous" to believe Moscow helped him win the presidency and he rejects intelligence findings that Russia intervened in the U.S. election. "I think it's just another excuse," Trump told Fox News Sunday an interview broadcast Sunday. "I don't believe it ... Every week it's another excuse." During the interview, Trump also appeared 9