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Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces
BEIRUT (AP) ? Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.
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Orthodox delegation stays away from pope's Mass
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) ? Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services.
Aleppo hospital hit as Syria army presses assault
The largest hospital in rebel-held east Aleppo was bombed on Saturday for the second time in days as Syrian government forces pressed a Russian-backed offensive to retake the entire city. Aleppo, once Syria's vibrant commercial powerhouse, is now at the heart of a major military campaign by President Bashar al-Assad's fighters and his steadfast ally Moscow. As the situation for civilians grows increasingly dire, the biggest hospital in east Aleppo was hit by two barrel bombs on Saturday, the medical organisation that supports it said.
Mega-Hurricane Matthew heads for Jamaica, Cuba
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) ? One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain.
Islamist group bombs Somali restaurant, at least 3 deadSomali Islamist group al Shabaab bombed a restaurant frequented by members of the security forces in Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least three people, officials and the group said. Police said a suicide car bomb rammed the Blue Sky restaurant in the capital, which is located near a detention centre, known as Jilaow, where militants are often held in underground cells. Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government.
Somali police: Car bomb kills 2 at restaurant in MogadishuMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ? A Somali police officer says a car bomb blew up at the entrance of a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing two people.
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France condemns Aleppo hospital bombing, calls attacks war crimesPARIS (Reuters) - France condemned the bombing on Saturday of a hospital in Aleppo, saying the shelling of healthcare structures and personnel in the besieged Syrian city constituted war crimes. "Their perpetrators will be held to account," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement. "France is mobilizing at the Security Council as we speak to put a stop to this unacceptable tragedy," he added. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Alexander Smith)