Syria government forces battle rebels in Aleppo ground attacks: rebelsSyrian government forces battled rebel fighters on several fronts in ground attacks in Aleppo on Wednesday, rebel officials said, as the army and its allies pressed a Russian-backed offensive to take back the city. A senior rebel official said pro-government forces were also mobilizing in apparent preparation for more ground attacks in central areas of the city, which is divided into zones controlled separately by the rebels and government. Another rebel official said government forces were also attacking the insurgent-held Handarat refugee camp a few kilometers to the north of Aleppo.
Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospital as Russian-backed assault intensifies
By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked a major Aleppo hospital out of service on Wednesday, hospital workers said, and ground forces intensified an assault on the city's besieged rebel sector, in a battle that has become a potentially decisive turning point in the civil war. The World Health Organization said it had reports that both hospitals were now out of service. "The warplane flew over us and directly started dropping its missiles ... at around 4 a.m.," Mohammad Abu Rajab, a radiologist at the M10 hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the city's rebel-held sector, told Reuters.
World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace
LONDON (AP) ? Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday, praising him as visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East.
House aides: Deal reached to keep US government running
WASHINGTON (AP) ? WASHINGTON (AP) ? Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, top House aides said Wednesday, clearing the way for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. The spending measure also would provide long-delayed money to fight Zika.
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PARIS (AP) ? A huge crane in the colors of the French flag hoisted up a giant neon YSL logo above a construction site in the French capital, literally setting expectations high for this year's YSL show at Paris Fashion Week.
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BOSTON (AP) ? A 22-year-old man rescued in the Atlantic after floating on a life raft for a week had been a suspect in the 2013 slaying of his grandfather, deepening the mystery surrounding his ordeal and the apparent death of his mother at sea.