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Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?

Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country's last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib.



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High-stakes diplomacy as battle for Syria's Idlib looms

High-stakes diplomacy as battle for Syria's Idlib loomsTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and Russia on Friday backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster.



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Crews battle for 3rd day to outflank Northern California wildfire

Crews battle for 3rd day to outflank Northern California wildfireA fierce wildfire that has forced the closure of an interstate highway in Northern California raged for a third day on Friday through explosively dry mountain timber in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, as crews battled to outflank the flames. The Delta Fire has scorched nearly 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) in the Cascade range since erupting on Wednesday in a forest canyon along the Sacramento River, about 250 miles (402 km) north of San Francisco, fire officials said. The underbrush is being removed with a combination of bulldozers and hand tools, as well as controlled burning operations, said Captain Brandon Vaccaro, a spokesman for the Delta fire incident command.



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Iran summit holds key to looming battle in Syria's Idlib

Iran summit holds key to looming battle in Syria's IdlibTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet Friday in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria, with all eyes on a possible military offensive to retake the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.



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Firefighters Battle Huge Fire at 200-Year-Old National Museum in Rio De Janeiro

Firefighters Battle Huge Fire at 200-Year-Old National Museum in Rio De JaneiroNobody was injured and the fire began after the museum had closed for the day



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Firefighters battle massive blaze at 200-year-old Rio museum

Firefighters battle massive blaze at 200-year-old Rio museumRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A massive fire tore through a 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro late Sunday, lighting up the night and sending plumes of smoke into the air as firefighters tried to save historical relics from the flames.



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AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria's rebels

AP Explains: The looming, final battle for Syria's rebelsBEIRUT (AP) — In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, the government and its opponents are preparing for a final, bloody showdown.



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Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis

Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope FrancisOver pasta, fish and white wine, the prelate poured out his concern for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. It was the start of about five months of contacts and collaboration between Vigano and several conservative journalists and media outlets that would lead to one of the greatest crises for the Church in modern times. In a bombshell statement published last weekend when Pope Francis was in Ireland, Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, urged Francis to resign on the grounds he knew for years about the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal and did nothing.



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Last-ditch talks to avert battle for Syria's Idlib

Last-ditch talks to avert battle for Syria's IdlibKey brokers held last-ditch talks on Thursday on the fate of Syria’s only remaining rebel-held province, hoping to stave off a government offensive the UN has warned could spark catastrophe. Government forces have been massing around Idlib for days and looked poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has torn Syria apart since 2011. After retaking a succession of rebel bastions around the country this year, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has set its sights on Idlib.



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U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with '10,000 terrorists'

U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with '10,000 terrorists'The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria’s Idlib province which would affect millions of civilians and could see both militants and the government potentially using chlorine as a chemical weapon. U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said there was a high concentration of foreign fighters in Idlib, including an estimated 10,000 fighters designated by the U.N. as terrorists, who he said belonged to the al-Nusra Front and al Qaeda.



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