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Syrian artillery, aircraft pound rebels in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces used artillery, planes and a helicopter gunship to pound rebel positions in Syria's biggest city on Saturday, witnesses said, in a battle that could determine the outcome of the 17-month uprising.

Syrian forces pound rebel frontline in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - A Syrian army helicopter fired machinegun rounds and troops shelled rebel positions in Aleppo on Saturday, a Reuters witness said, as they tried to break through the insurgents' frontline in a battleground district in the country's largest city.

Syrian army, rebels clash near Aleppo TV station

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian forces clashed with rebels around Aleppo's television and radio station on Saturday, activists said, and a local rebel commander said his fighters were preparing for a

Frustrated Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

UNITED NATIONS/ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria, frustrated by

Clinton hails gay rights activists in wary Uganda

KAMPALA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday praised activists who opposed a tough draft law in Uganda targeting gays and lesbians, calling them an inspiration for others struggling to secure equal rights around the world.

US officials probe near-miss at Washington airport

WASHINGTON: US officials announced a probe Thursday after two passenger jets taking off from Reagan National Airport, across the river from the White House, came dangerously close to an incoming plane.

Frustrated Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

UNITED NATIONS, ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria, frustrated by

Maritime agency beefs up anti-piracy surveillance

KUCHING: The threats of piracy in Sarawaks waters, particularly off Miri, is not serious but the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is not taking chances.

Australia rules out US nuclear aircraft carrier base

SYDNEY: Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has rejected a proposal to base a US nuclear aircraft carrier and other warships in the country, a move that would rankle key trade partner China.

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