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Assad relies on foreign fighters in push to retake Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Syria's President Bashar Assad is on the verge of recapturing all of Aleppo from rebels, but the victory won't be his alone. The battle for Syria's largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces backing Assad - including Russian soldiers and Shiite fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan....



Islamic State militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria, nine months after they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces in a highly publicized campaign....



Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa....



Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day
VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC has persuaded 11 non-member oil producers to cut production in an attempt to raise the low prices that have squeezed government finances in resource-dependent countries....



Death toll in Yemen suicide bombing rises to 45
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 45 soldiers and wounding another 50, security officials said....



7 killed, 29 injured in Bulgarian tanker train explosion
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- A derailed tanker train exploded Saturday and decimated a village in northeastern Bulgaria, killing seven people and leaving least 29 injured, many with severe burns, the Interior Ministry said....



Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack
QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- Reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city, according to an Iraqi commander....



Venezuela seizes nearly 4M toys, will give them to poor kids
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela's socialist government has seized nearly 4 million toys from a private company and says it intends to hand them out as Christmas gifts to poor children this holiday season....



Italian president: We need a new government urgently
ROME (AP) -- Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction....



Colombia's Santos accepts Nobel, urges shift in drug war
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war....