Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition’s ever-shrinking enclave.

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The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it is highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.

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The U.N. envoy for Syria says he expects to meet with someone President-elect Donald Trump’s team in the coming days.

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Chechnya’s strongman leader said Thursday that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the “scum” in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

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After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes set more all-time highs Thursday afternoon as the market built on a surge the previous day. Banks are rising as bond yields increase, and basic materials and technology companies are also climbing. Defense contractors and other industrial companies are taking modest losses.

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Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.

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Poland’s prime minister met Thursday with her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban for informal talks on the European Union’s security, economy and migrant policy.

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As Iraqi forces advanced toward the al-Salam hospital in Mosul earlier this week, encountering only light resistance from Islamic State fighters, commanders decided to seize the facility instead of sweeping the neighborhoods along the road leading to it.

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The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

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Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski from the central Polish city of Lodz will be the new archbishop of Krakow, succeeding the retiring Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Catholic church authorities in Poland announced Thursday.

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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has declared that foreigners in France should go through a “waiting period” before benefiting from the country’s social services and that children whose parents are in France illegally shouldn’t be allowed free schooling.

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Seventy severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been prevented from getting life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago, an official from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

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A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey’s extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.

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In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group.

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The finance chief of Britain says he sees big opportunities to build on trade ties with South Africa, which is Britain’s biggest export market in Africa.

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A court in Azerbaijan has handed a 10-year prison sentence to a youth activist who was convicted on heroin possession charges in a verdict that Amnesty International is denouncing as politically motivated.

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The drama of Britain’s exit from the European Union was being acted out this week on two of London’s grandest stages: the Supreme Court and the House of Commons chamber. The plot is gripping, but the ending is still a mystery.

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Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in “atrocities” by supplying bombs.

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The Islamic State group is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain and to target American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary.

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The U.N. Security Council says it is concerned by the recent escalation of violence between armed groups in Tripoli.

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